Loft Mountain Loop

Luray, Virginia 22835

Loft Mountain Loop

Loft Mountain Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This fun family hike to the northeast summit of Loft Mountain offers views at several places. As you approach the summit of Loft Mountain, the trees grow more sparsely and blackberry bushes abound. At 1 mile the trail levels out on the ridgetop and continues to an overlook with rock outcroppings on the left side of the trail at 1.1 miles. From here you get a lovely 180-degree view to the east of the Piedmont (on clear days); to the left is Flattop Mountain, and to the right is Fox Mountain with three peaks, a hollow, then two more peaks.

The valley below is pastoral, and you can watch clouds and storms roll in. Also along the ridgetop are fields of yarrow and more berry bushes. This is a very enjoyable hike and one that is suitable for the whole family."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best Easy Day Hikes: Shenandoah National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bert and Jane Gildart
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"An out-and-back hike containing some moderate and a few more challenging segments that concludes at the Loft Mountain Campground. The hike begins on the south side of the Ivy Creek Overlook. Turn south onto the AT and begin a gradual descent amid sassafras, laurel, oak, and pine. Soon there will be beautiful views to the east of Loft Mountain. As you approach the summit of Loft Mountain, the trees grow more sparsely and blackberry bushes abound. After about a mile, the trail levels out on the ridgetop and continues to an overlook with rock outcroppings on the left side of the trail. From here you get a lovely 180-degree view to the east of the Piedmont (on clear days); to the left is Flattop Mountain, and to the right is Fox Mountain with three peaks, a hollow, then two more peaks. The valley below is pastoral, and you can watch clouds and storms roll in. Also along the ridgetop are fields of yarrow and more berry bushes." Read more
Hiking Shenandoah National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bert & Jane Gildart
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"A fun family hike leads to the northeast summit of Loft Mountain; views are offered at several places. This is a very enjoyable hike and one that is suitable for a fun family outing. From the Loft Mountain Wayside parking lot, walk north on Skyline Drive for about 150 yards to a dirt road on the right.Along the way you pass the trailhead for the Patterson Ridge Trail (a one-way trail) on the left. Turn onto the dirt road, walk about 60 yards, and go right again on the dirt road. Soon you’ll come to the Ivy Creek PATC maintenance building and Ivy Creek Spring. The Appalachian Trail junction is about 200 yards ahead. Upon reaching the AT, turn right and ascend through the hardwood forest." Read more
Top Trails Shenandoah National Park (Wilderness Press)
Johnny Molloy
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"This loop is ideal for a family hike or an afternoon stroll. Start at the Loft Mountain Wayside, and take the Frazier Discovery Trail to a massive rock outcrop with an extensive view, where Loft Mountain opens to the heavens above and the lands below. Beyond the vista, pick up the world’s most famous footpath, the Appalachian Trail (AT), southward through a transitional forest to meet a paved path near the Loft Mountain Campground camp store. Gently descend back to Loft Mountain Wayside. The hike is accessible for almost everyone, though the first part does climb to the rock outcrop." Read more

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Trail Information

Luray
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
2.7
Distance
600 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2.7
Duration
Camping
Additional Use
Views, Wildflowers
Features
National Geographic Trails Illustrated Topo Map 228; Map 11, Appalachian Trail and Other Trails in Shenandoah National Park, South District (PATC, Inc.)
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Dec 2018