North River Gorge and Wild Oak Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Combining gentle hiking along the scenic North River Gorge with a ridge walk along the Wild Oak Trail, this route offers the best of both worlds and a fine opportunity to explore terrain on the western edge of the Shenandoah Valley. The trail is blazed purple, a color that can be somewhat difficult to spot, but fortunately the trail follows the creek and is not difficult to follow. It begins by passing the campground on the left, but then veers off deeper into the woods.
Over the next 4.5 miles, enjoy the very gentle walking as the trail crosses and recrosses the stream, visiting a number of striking rocky gorges. Be careful crossing the stream, however; though the water is usually not especially high, the rocks have algae growing on them and can be quite slippery. If the water is high, these crossings can become problematic."