Austin Mountain–Furnace Mountain Loop

Grottoes, Virginia 24441

Austin Mountain–Furnace Mountain Loop

Austin Mountain–Furnace Mountain Loop Professional Review and Guide

"A strenuous but beautiful hike leads into a rugged wilderness area within the park. The Austin Mountain-Furnace Mountain area consists of a huge expanse of land.

Fortunately, many trails exist there.This trek offers solitude and views and is geologically interesting. Because of the area’s diversity, a number of possibilities exist. There are long hikes and several short ones.Time will dictate which alternative you ultimately select."

Austin Mountain–Furnace Mountain Loop Reviews

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7/19/2009
This trail was perfectly pleasant, but not stunning or particularly strenuous, I didn't think. Would have been nice to have a better luncheon location somewhere near the trail's highest point, but I guess I'll drop my comment card in Geology's box... This is a very nice, good-smelling, solid hike, but there are peak-ier peaks in the Park if you want great views.
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8/17/2008
Agreed! I've done this trail twice. The first time, we didn't get there until 1:30 PM, and we still finished it around 7:30 PM, which was good, because the sun was just setting! The second time around, it took us longer, but we started a lot earlier. In fact, I'm going back again in October to do this trail as a backpacking trip. There are a lot of small campsites in the area around half-way through and they are near Big Run, so there's plenty of water available to top off your supply. The trail is truly strenuous, but the views as you hike the trail are worth it!
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5/16/2008
Wonderful trail. The strenuous rating is fitting. This is due mainly to the distance and the 2 mile climb at the end. Big Run had was definitely running!!! Each ford demanded either taking your shoes off or hiking the last 5-6 miles with wet feet. I elected to do the latter. If you are looking for a cardio workout, it can be found here! Moving at a pretty solid pace the hike was completed in 4.5 hours.
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Trail Information

Grottoes
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
12.4
Distance
250 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
All day
Duration
Spring to Fall
Season
2,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,750 feet
Top Elevation
Shenandoah National Park
Local Contacts
National Geographic Trails Illustrated Topographic Map 228; Map 11, Appalachian Trail and Other Trails in Shenandoah National Park, South District
Local Maps

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