“A steep trail that leads you up to and along the Buck Ridge on its way to Skyline Dr and the Buck Hollow Trail.”
— Donovan Fitzgerald
Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
The beginning of this trail starts off the Buck Hollow Trail
just after you have crossed two streams via large boulders. You'll make a left at the trail junction and shortly cross a third stream without the benefit of large boulders. Just past this final stream crossing, the trail begins an abrupt ascent utilizing rocks, logs and dirt made stairs. The aggressive ascent continues until you reach the beginning of the Buck Ridge.
The trail proceeds along the ridge and continues to rise in elevation, but at a much easier rate.
The entire trail is an absolutely beautiful mixture of views, forestation, and wild flowers.The trail finally terminates at the Hazel Mtn Trail just a short distance to the Meadow Spring Parking Area.
It is highly recommended that you take a right on the Hazel Mtn Trail until you reach the Buck Hollow Trail
. You can return back to your starting point using the Buck Hollow Trail
to descend back into the valley, which provides new views and gentle grades.
Flora & Fauna
Typical Shenandoah National Park Flora & Fauna.