Fridley Gap

Shenandoah, Virginia

Fridley Gap

Fridley Gap Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Some days, you can hike for miles and feel like you never left the parking lot. Other times, it can feel like you walked through four different worlds in a single afternoon. Thankfully, you’ll find Fridley Gap fits the latter experience.

Squeezed together accordion-like, the long, parallel ridges of First, Second, Third, and Fourth Mountains concentrate an awful lot of up-and-downs into a day of hiking, and, consequently, a number of different habitats. At the lower elevations, stream valleys attract deer to the water’s edge. Skinny rays of sunlight filter down to the forest floor through eastern hemlock. A half-mile away stands another world: the dry, barren ridgetops. With no tree cover, views stretch for miles. Two different worlds, one hike."

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Pathfinder | 90 pts
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Beautiful trail. The write-up was right about there being varied terrain. There are some great views, too. It's probably especially pretty in the fall. It's hard to find the trail head. I still don't understand the part about the FR 65A road. We just parked on the side of the road next to the Boone Run sign and started from there. The steep climb in the middle of the hike is killer. Bring a swimsuit if you want to take a dip in the swimming hole. (One more thing, if you're heading South on 340, turn right onto 602.)
Richmond, VA
Adventurer | 402 pts
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This trail is a great workout. I was surprised to read under 3000 feet of elevation gain. It felt like more, probably because some of these climbs are extremely steep, especially the ones right after the swimming hole. The settings on this hike are beautiful. The day was beautiful and the intersection of the Massanutten South and Fridley Gap trail is worth lingering at. I would describe this hike as being on the most difficult end of moderate due to the steepness of the climbs.
Baltimore, MD
Explorer | 30 pts
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Very nice area. The Forest Service doesn't help much here, since although the starting point sounds easy to find, we were not able to find it. This may be partly our fault, since we didn't find any signs near the interaction of the state road and the forest service entrance. We tried to find the Forest Service trail head further along the Forest Service road, but were not able to find it. So, we enjoyed the area, and did another day hike in the region, but didn't find the trail described in the guide.

Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Dirt paths, old logging roads, and gravel forest roads
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
5 hours
Open year-round. Hunting is permitted in national forests, with deer season the busiest from Nov to early Jan.
Swimming, Hunting
Additional Use
Views, Waterfalls
Lee Ranger District, Edinburg (540) 984-4101 www.fs.usda.gov/gwj
Local Contacts
DeLorme: Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 67, A6
Local Maps