Compton Gap Road is a hiking and horse trail in Rappahannock County and Warren County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 2,026 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is a mile with a total elevation gain of 284 feet.
Compton Gap Road Professional Reviews and Guides
"A short hike along the Appalachian Trail brings you to western views and a geology lesson. The trail up to Compton Gap is short, but the rocky path may demand a slower pace as you ascend nearly 500 feet to gain views of the surrounding area.From the parking lot, cross Skyline Drive and start to follow the white-blazed Appalachian Trail (AT). The trail climbs steadily as it makes its way up to the peak. While it is a well-defined path, the trail can be rocky at times. Keep an eye out for a tricky left turn at just 0.5 mile. The trail ascends up the ridge and eventually levels out as it closes in on the summit."
--Jennifer Adach and Michael R. Martin, AMC's Best Day Hikes in The Shenandoah Valley (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"This out-and-back hike follows the Appalachian Trail and climbs 835 feet to the summit of Compton Peak, where the views are expansive and the geology intriguing."
--Bert & Jane Gildart, Hiking Shenandoah National Park (Falcon Guides).
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