Simmons Gap Road

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia 22835

Elevation Gain283ft
Trailhead Elevation2,243ft
Elevation Min/Max1976/2243ft
Elevation Start/End2243/2243ft

Simmons Gap Road

Simmons Gap Road is a hiking trail in Greene County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 2,243 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 283 feet. The Simmons Gap Post Office (historical) (elevation 2,133 feet) post office can be seen along the trail.

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Hiking Shenandoah National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bert & Jane Gildart
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"A short stroll on a historic road passes the site of an Episcopal mission. The old road descends gently and is marked by yellow blazes and soon parallels a small creek on the right.This stroll follows an old road once used by the mountain people from the east and west valleys to access an Episcopal mission. Later, valley folks used the road for park access. Little remains of this once active area other than an old stone wall. Today, the Park Service maintains the road as a fire road.Apple trees dot the area, providing mute testimony of a once flourishing agricultural community. A multitude of trees and bushes grace the old road."

Simmons Gap Road Trip Reports

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We really enjoyed this hike - there were no overlooks, per se, but you got a good view through the trees. We hiked clockwise, and I think this was the best choice - from the 2.2 mile where the loop started we had a steepish-but-not-miserable uphill to the top of rocky mount, then a long downhill and that last 400-foot very steep (wouldn't have enjoyed going down that!) climb back to the starting point of the loop.

We usually say that it seems the ratings on these are written to the lowest common denominator, but this truly earned its "strenuous" rating. It took the two of us fit adults 4.5 hours, with a couple of short breaks.

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Trail Information

Shenandoah National Park
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Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park
Local Contacts
National Geographic Trails Illustrated Topographic Map 228; Map 11, Appalachian Trail and Other Trails in Shenandoah National Park, South District
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