Frazier Discovery Trail

Simmons Gap, Virginia 22935

Frazier Discovery Trail

Frazier Discovery Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A 1.3-mile loop with signs that introduces hikers to discoveries along the trail."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

AMC's Best Day Hikes in The Shenandoah Valley (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Jennifer Adach and Michael R. Martin
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"While this short hike is a steep climb for some, the views at the top are well worth the effort. On Frazier Discovery Trail, you’ll sample all that Shenandoah has to offer in just over a mile: a quick and steep climb, excellent views, and reminders of the people who once lived in these mountains. This quick loop gets down to business with an uphill climb on Loft Mountain but then eases out once along the ridge before dipping back down the mountain.To start the hike, cross Skyline Drive and head up the paved path that runs alongside the entrance to the campground."

Frazier Discovery Trail Trip Reports

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A great trail to do for a short hike! Today was the first time we had our three-month old out in the backpack, so we were looking for shorter trails to do and this one fit the bill perfectly. It's got a good bit of climbing, if you come from the parking lot, but because it's only about a 1/2 mile or so it's not that bad, and the views from both lookouts are nice. I actually expected it to be much busier than it was, since it's so close to the visitor center. At the top you have the option of hiking down the AT for a little while for additional mileage. The huge rock outcropping about 3/4 of the way from the top is beautiful as well - a great trail to see lots of different stuff at Shenandoah! Highly recommended if you're looking for a quick trail that offers a lot of bang-for-the-buck.

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Trail Information

Simmons Gap
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Best spring through fall
2,900 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,250 feet
Top Elevation
Shenandoah National Park
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Topographic Map 228; Map 11, Appalachian Trail and Other Trails in Shenandoah National Park, South District (PATC, Inc.)
Local Maps

Trail Log