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blue Piedmont Overlook Loop

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Trail

5.2 mile 8.4 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 969' 295 m
Descent: -973' -296 m
High: 1,788' 545 m
Low: 840' 256 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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Trail shared by Shawn MacDonnell

A moderate hike with great views.

Shawn MacDonnell

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

This route starts by going up to a great view of the surrounding area before hooking up with the Appalachian Trail (AT) and then starting downhill to another panoramic view. Sky Meadows State Park does a great job of marking and labeling the trails throughout.

Description

From the trailhead, you'll come to a sign for the Piedmont Overlook Trail that will take you over a small set of stairs into a cow pasture. Follow this trail uphill to the first viewpoint; you'll see a bench underneath a tree.

After the viewpoint, continue along the Piedmont Overlook Trail until you reach a signpost. Follow the North Ridge Trail. It won't be long before you see another signpost pointing the way for the Ambassador Whitehouse Trail. After a little more than a mile, you'll find the signs for the Appalachian Trail (AT).

Follow the AT south until you come back to the North Ridge Trail. Hike along the North Ridge Trail for about 3/10 of a mile and go right at the sign for the South Ridge Trail. After about a mile on the South Ridge Trail, there is a bench and another great view. Shortly after the view, you'll work your way downhill and see the Snowden Ruins. Finish the South Ridge Trail where it meets with the Boston Mill Road and after about a half mile, you'll be back where you started!

Flora & Fauna

Red-headed woodpeckers can be found in the park. There are also dear and bears in the park.

Contacts

Land Manager: Virginia State Parks

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Apr 24, 2019
Kristina Gilday
Beautiful view and trail, well kept. Ticks were incredibly bad!
Mar 30, 2019
Chris Gretschel
Mar 23, 2019
Danny McCaslin
Trail was a little muddy, but overall it was a good hike, despite the cutting wind. 5.2mi — 2h 52m
Mar 16, 2019
Hannah Wiley
Feb 18, 2019
Christopher Mayers
Ice storms have created very challenging conditions! 5.1mi
Jan 6, 2019
Joe Danz
Did a modified version. Took the North Ridge trail to the meet up with the south ridge
Jan 6, 2019
SAS
Dec 25, 2018
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  4.3 from 23 votes

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