Elkwallow Loop Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"It’s a wonder that this classic Shenandoah circuit hike isn’t done more, considering the proximity of camping and other national park facilities to the often-level loop. First, leave the Mathews Arm Campground on the Elkwallow Trail. It navigates boulders galore before settling down and making a pleasantly level highland track on the west side of the Blue Ridge. The loop joins the Appalachian Trail (AT) near Elkwallow Wayside, where food and other supplies are available.
Pass a picnic area and spring before joining Jeremys Run Trail, dipping to Jeremys Run. Cross the fine mountain stream then climb a stony slope, joining the seldom-trod Knob Mountain Trail. This path offers everywhere-youlook beauty on a remarkably level track, allowing you to enjoy the national park scenery. The final ascent leads back to Mathews Arm Campground."