Sky Meadows - East Side Trails Loop
ElevationAscent: 581' 177 m
Descent: -582' -177 m
High: 1,058' 322 m
Low: 585' 178 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)
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“The route attached is part of several trails on the east side of Sky Meadows State Park near Paris.”— Ray Smith
Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Family Friendly There are a ton of activities put on by the park including star gazing and others.
Need to Know
At the intersection is lovely bench in the shade of large tree. The bench makes for a great place to rest before making the climb up the Lost Mountain Trail. This is also the perfect place for seeing across the valley over towards the other parts of Sky Meadows State Park including the route up to the Appalachian Trail (AT).
As you continue along your way, you'll move along the Lost Mountain Trail. After an initial climb to the most northern end of the trail, you'll be able to enjoy a gentle descent all the way back to your car. Grades will be mostly manageable, but there will still be a few sections requiring a bit of care.
At about the 3 mile mark, you'll find yourself again at an intersection, where you'll want to continue west on the Rolling Meadows Trail to finish the loop, and hike back to the parking area and your vehicle.
Flora & Fauna
There was a plethora of wild Blackberry bushes near the bench mentioned above.
History & Background
Land Manager: Virginia State Parks