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Shenandoah National Park


North End
Front Royal, VA

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Green Area Availability : Can't miss green areas
Green Area Cleanliness : Typical
Congestion : Effort minimizes contact with others
Water Availability : Bring your own H20
Walking / Hiking Terrain : Frequent Steep Inclines
Walking / Hiking Surface : Rocky & Rough

As we learned at Fort Necessity Battlefield the day before, it was National Park Week when we visited so we didn't have to pay the entrance fee.  You would think The Chauffeur would splurge on more dog bones now.

 

We entered Shenandoah National Park through the North Entrance near Front Royal.  Although we only drove 10 miles south into the park, we found plenty of hikes to wear this dog out.  We parked at mile 10.4 and hike the Appalachian Trail up Compton's Peak.

 

Then we stopped along the scenic overlooks on the way back to Dickey Ridge Visitor Center.  My favorite spot was Gooney Manor Overlook where I met 3 great young ladies from New Jersey.

 

At the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center we got on the Dickey Ridge Trail and hiked 2 miles south to where the Snead Farm Trail connects.  The hike was mostly uphill for 1.7 miles and that helped get me prepared for a nap.  At 1.7 miles south of the visitor center we found a great spot for a scenic view and rest.  We had a bird's eye view of the Gooney Run Overlook and felt a little sympathy for everyone not brave enough to hike to the view we were enjoying.

 

Then we looped back to the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center on the Snead Farm Trail.

 

With the exception of some school kids ontop of Compton's peak, 3 hikers coming down the Appalachian Trail, and 1 hiker that passed us on the Dickey Ridge Trail we were surprised at how few encounters we had.  But it was a Monday in April and the threat of rain helped keep the crowds thin.

Prospect's SignatureVisited April 18, 2011

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Shenandoah National Park


Snead Farm Trail

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From the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center, dogs can take the Snead Farm Trail.  At 2 miles south of the visitor center the trail reconnects with the Dickey Ridge Trail.

Dickey Ridge Trail

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From the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center we hiked the Dickey Ridge Trail 2 miles south to the Snead Farm Trail.  This portion of the Dickey Ridge Trail is basically one long incline to the scenic view 1.7 miles south of the visitor center.

Appalachian Trail

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The Appalachian Trail cuts across Shenandoah National Park.  We used this trail (marked with white blazes) to hike up Compton's Peak where we caught the blue blaze trail to the scenic view.  To hike Compton's Peak, cross Skyline Drive and start going up!

Blue Blaze Trail

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On Compton's Peak, the blue blaze trail took us to the scenic overlook to the north.  We also ventured south but the terrain got very rugged.  We were getting tired and didn't want to get too far down hill just to have to climb back up.

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Shenandoah Valley Overlook


Just north of mile marker 3.

Dickey Ridge Visitor Center


The Dickey Ridge Visitor Center is located at mile marker 5.  From here you can access the Snead Farm Trail and the Dickey Ridge Trail.  Dogs are not allowed on the Fox Hollow Trail.

Snead Barn


Along the Snead Farm Trail dogs will pass by the Snead Barn and the site of the Snead Farm.

Scenic View


Along the Dickey Ridge Trail about 1.7 miles south of the visitor center you will find a great spot to enjoy the view. 

Appalachian Trail Parking


At mile 10.4 dogs will find a parking lot providing access to the Appalachian Trail.  We followed the trail (white blaze) south to Compton's Peak.

Compton's Peak Overlook


After hiking up the Appalachian Trail we connected with the Shenandoah blue blaze trail for a great view to the north.  A scenic view to the south was advertised but it was mostly just a lot of slippery, wet rocks and getting tired we did not venture all the way south.

Shenandoah National Park


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