Shenandoah National Park, Virginia 22835

Elevation Gain462ft
Trailhead Elevation2,933ft
Elevation Min/Max2705/2933ft
Elevation Start/End2933/2933ft


Traces is a hiking trail in Page County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 2,933 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 462 feet. The Mathews Arm Registration Station ranger station and the Parking Area parking can be seen along the trail. There are also restrooms along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Matthews Arm Road and Tuscarora - Overall Run Trail.

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Hiking Shenandoah National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bert & Jane Gildart
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"Take a forest hike along a trail that passes “traces” of mountain folk habitation and natural history. This hike packs a lot into a short distance. It’s a great route for a family with small children and for people with an interest in natural and cultural history.What’s more, the trail is ideally located for RV campers since it departs from the Mathews Arm Campground. Dogs are prohibited on this trail. As you hike on the Traces Trail, you’ll see remnants of old rock walls, foundations, and roads.The hike is particularly pleasing in the fall when the leaves are red and gold. It’s even pleasing when fog envelops the area and a light rain is falling. Whatever the conditions, don’t pass this one up. The trail is broad and begins beneath a mantle of red oak. Soon the trail climbs above the amphitheater."
Best Easy Day Hikes Shenandoah National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bert and Jane Gildart
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"This forest hike follows a trail that passes “traces” of mountain folk inhabitation and natural history. Because this trail climbs gently, you can probably complete this hike in an hour—if an hour is all the time you have. Packing much into a short distance, this is a great hike for families with small children as well as for people who can no longer hike as well as they once did. It should also appeal to anyone who has an interest in natural and cultural history. Along the trail you will see a lot of greenstone, a type of volcanic rock that was formed 800 million years ago. The trail is ideally located for the camper: It departs from Mathews Arm Campground and assumes a counterclockwise circle around the campground."

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Shenandoah National Park
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Local Contacts
National Geographic Trails Illustrated Topo Map 228; Map 9, Appalachian Trail and Other Trails in Shenandoah National Park, North District (PATC, Inc.)
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