Pocosin Road

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia 22835

Elevation Gain1,420ft
Trailhead Elevation3,182ft
Elevation Min/Max2266/3182ft
Elevation Start/End3182/3182ft

Pocosin Road

Pocosin Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Greene County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. It is 3.1 miles long and begins at 3,182 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,420 feet. The Pocosin Cabin shelter and the Upper Pocosin Mission (historical) (elevation 2,723 feet) place of worship can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Appalachian Trail.

Pocosin Road Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is a short hike with a 360-degree view and a real rock scramble toward the summit. Bearfence Mountain (3,640 feet) is one of several summits in the park that command a complete panoramic view: Massanutten Mountain and the Shenandoah Valley to the west and Laurel Gap, Fork Mountain, and Bluff Mountain to the east. In the short hike from the parking lot to the summit, you pass through the sandstone of the Swift Run Formation, capped by Catoctin basalt.

Hiking to the summit requires some degree of coordination. Though expertise in rock climbing is not necessary, you'll need some dexterity to maneuver through jumbled rocks. In some cases, you may find yourself scooting along on your bottom."

"An inspiring venture along an easy trail provides insights into Shenandoah’s history and wildlife.

Begin your hike by walking down the fire road, which proceeds in an easterly direction and crosses the Appalachian Trail in 0.1 mile. In 0.2 mile the road approaches the Pocosin Cabin, one in a chain of cabins that serve hikers using the AT. The cabins are managed by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) and are available for rent. To visit the cabin (if unoccupied), turn right onto the side path.

Continue along the fire road, which begins a slight descent. Throughout the spring and summer—and sometimes into the fall—wildflowers flank the trail. Look for columbine in late spring and milkweed in summer."

"This short ramble off Skyline Drive first takes you past a mountain cabin, then down to a gap and the remains of an Episcopalian mission. Here you can visit what remains of the mission’s wooden living quarters and the stone church. It was from this highland pass where the folk of the mission branched out, working with the local mountaineers on eternal questions.

This is a short and easy hike at Shenandoah National Park, doable by the whole family. Leave Skyline Drive on the wide and easy Pocosin Fire Road (closed to public vehicles) and explore the ruins of the Pocosin Mission, where a brave Episcopal minister attempted to save the souls of surrounding mountaineers. Explore the ruins of the mission and other nearby signs of habitation, including a cemetery. If you want to expand your hike, head down Pocosin Hollow, passing many old-growth trees on your way down to a tumbling watercourse, where you’ll find a nice spot to picnic or relax."

"This inspiring venture along an easy trail provides insights into Shenandoah’s history and wildlife."

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Trail Information

Shenandoah National Park
Nearby City
Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park, 3655 Highway 211 E., Luray, VA 22835; (540) 999-3500; www.nps.gov/shen
Local Contacts
Shenandoah National Park; USGS Fletcher
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Jul 2018