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Piedmont Overlook Loop

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 4.3 (29) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A moderate hike with great views.


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Map Key

5.2

Miles

8.4

KM

Loop

1,788' 545 m

High

840' 256 m

Low

969' 295 m

Up

973' 296 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

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. Take the trail! After a little more than a mile, you'll find the signs for the Appalachian Trail (AT) and some glorious meadows.

Follow the AT south until you come back to the North Ridge Trail. Hike along the North Ridge Trail for about 4/10 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

Shared By:

Shawn MacDonnell with improvements by Scott C

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  4.3 from 29 votes

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Photos

Lots of blackberry bushes in bloom
Jun 11, 2020 near Shenand…, VA
Overlook.
Sep 5, 2016 near Shenand…, VA
Overlook.
Sep 5, 2016 near Shenand…, VA
View along Boston Mill Road
Jun 11, 2020 near Shenand…, VA
Looking down the valley as we came down Piedmont Overlook
Jun 11, 2020 near Shenand…, VA
Overlook of Sky Meadows from the Piedmont Overlook Trail
Nov 12, 2019 near Shenand…, VA

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Aug 9, 2020
Jason P
Jun 3, 2020
Daytona Rose
Apr 17, 2020
Like Hike
2mi — 2h 00m
Jan 12, 2020
Harrison Doe
Slightly muddy, some sloppy areas. Overall still good conditions. 5.2mi — 2h 40m
Nov 10, 2019
Jake J
Better done counter clockwise — 3h 32m
Oct 12, 2019
Charlie Scharfen
$10 parking fee. Hike starts on working farm form 1800 civil war era. Trail starts on farm and you climb up to AT. Entire trail is groomed/non rocky 5.2mi — 2h 45m
Sep 2, 2019
Hugo VA
Eat at Apple House after this route.
Aug 31, 2019
Ryan Larson