North River Gorge and Wild Oak Trail

Mount Solon, Virginia 22843

North River Gorge and Wild Oak Trail

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."

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Trail Information

Mount Solon
Nearby City
2,096 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
4-7 hours
George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, North River Ranger District (; 540-432-0187)
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated: Staunton/Shenandoah Mountain, George Washington Forest, Map 791 (National Geographic).
Local Maps

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Dec 2018