Corbin Cabin Cutoff Trail

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia 22835

Distance1.5mi
Elevation Gain1,173ft
Trailhead Elevation3,079ft
Top3,085ft
Elevation Min/Max2062/3085ft
Elevation Start/End3079/3079ft

Corbin Cabin Cutoff Trail

Corbin Cabin Cutoff Trail is a hiking trail in Madison County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 3,079 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is three miles with a total elevation gain of 1,173 feet. Along the trail there is a grave yard. This trail connects with the following: Appalachian Trail and Nicolson Hollow.

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Best Easy Day Hikes Shenandoah National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bert and Jane Gildart
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"This 5- to 6-hour 4.2-mile hike provides glimpses of the bygone era of the mountain people. On this hike head downhill via the Corbin Cabin Cutoff Trail, ascend via the Nicholson Hollow Trail, and end up on the other side of Skyline Drive by way of the Appalachian Trail. The route passes Freestate Hollow (named by the Nicholson clan) and an abandoned cabin. Visiting a cabin such as this provides a glimpse of what life may have been like for the men, women, and children who once lived in the hollows." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Shenandoah National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bert and Jane Gildart
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"Appropriate for families, this hike to the summit offers natural history, geology, panoramic views, and folklore. If you have the luxury of time, pick a clear day for this hike and go early in the morning. Sunrise is a great time to enjoy the views and get some superb photos. Save foggy days for hikes to waterfalls; fog adds to the aura of wetness." Read more
Hiking through History Virginia (Falcon Guides)
Johnny Molloy
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"This hike heads into one of Shenandoah National Park’s most heavily settled hollows to an authentic pioneer cabin—and you can even stay in it, with advance reservations. Back in pre-park days, Nicholson Hollow had a reputation, deserved or not, as a lawless place. You will drop steeply from Skyline Drive, then visit the George Corbin Cabin. Some say it is haunted. Your escape route takes you up the Hughes River to the Blue Ridge and the Appalachian Trail. A walk through a rocky mountain-laurelladen ridge leads you back to the trailhead." Read more
"This 4.2-mile hike provides glimpses of the bygone era of the mountain people." Read more
Top Trails Shenandoah National Park (Wilderness Press)
Johnny Molloy
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"Do you want to visit an intact, authentic Shenandoah pioneer cabin and get a glimpse of settlers’ lifeways? And get there using a steep trail created and tramped well before Shenandoah was a national park? If you find the above appealing, here’s something to sweeten the pot: Corbin Cabin is available for overnight rental by the public! Even if you don’t spend the night, this is still a worthy destination. Not only is the cabin interesting, but the surrounding upper Hughes River is a naturally alluring locale. The brevity of the hike—1.4 miles each way—makes up for the thousand-foot elevation change. If you take your time going up or down, almost anyone can make it." Read more

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6/12/2010
I made this hike with a buddy, our two sons (age 9), and my nephew (age 10). We made it an overnight loop, camping along the river downstream from the Corbin Cabin. The hike was easy; some of the steep sections were difficult for the kids but they all made it with fully-loaded packs.

The Nicholson cabin was interesting to see. It's amazing how good shape it is still in.
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5/1/2010
Nice view, little traffic. There's not a huge amount soecial about it, but it's a nice walk.
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Trail Information

Shenandoah National Park
Nearby City
Shenandoah National Park
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Wildflowers
Features
Shenandoah National Park (540) 999-3500.
Local Contacts
Shenandoah National Park; USGS Old Rag Mountain
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