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Wild Oak National Recreation Trail (716)

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Length


27.1 Miles 43.6 Kilometers


6,003' 1,830 m

Ascent

-5,989' -1,825 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

74%

Max Grade (36°)

4,333' 1,321 m

High

1,603' 489 m

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Shared By Shenandoah Bicycle

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A big mountain backcountry loop commonly used for hiking.

Shenandoah Bicycle

Dogs Off-leash

Features River/Creek · Views · Commonly Backpacked

Description

The Wild Oak Trail begins and ends in Stokesville, VA in a parking lot off FR 95. It has been designated a National Recreation Trail since 1979. This trail is commonly backpacked in either direction as a 2-3 day trip but can be completed in 1 day by trail runners.

There is a section of the trail that passes next to the Ramsey's Draft Wilderness Area between Spring House Ridge and Dividing Ridge. The trail ascends Shenandoah Mountain into the upper reaches of the Potomac River Watershed and teeters along the edge of the James River Watershed to the south.

Just off the Lookout Mountain section of TWOT, there is a great overlook as the trail approaches the North River, and a suspension bridge that crosses the river near the end.

The SVBC has done considerable amounts of trail rehabilitation on Lookout Mountain, Chestnut Ridge, and Horse Trough Hollow.

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Mar 29, 2018
P B
Biggest issue on trail is the lack of water sources. There are a number of wildlife ponds on the ridge, but I avoided drinking from them. 26.9mi — 12h 30m
Oct 4, 2017
Jason Grimes

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My friends and I spent 3 days and 2 nights backpacking Wild Oak in mid-November. There were springs to fill up water along the trail, but campsites with water sources for a 2-night stay required some planning. We ended up staying near Camp Todd (free) and at North River Campground ($5) as the North River ran through both. Hiking counterclockwise from FR95 near Camp May Flather, the 7-mile hike to Little Bald is a good day 1 hike. The climb on Day 2 at Dowell’s/Wild Oak is a doozy (go right not up). We didn't take Lookout and instead dropped down to North River Campground and took North River Gorge Trail back to the parking lot. If you take the river trail, get ready to get your feet wet as there are 8 river crossings between the campground and the suspension bridge. Didn’t see any other hikers, but did pass mountain bikers twice (a solo and a group of 4) and a truckload of hunters (off the road after Hankey). If you’re interested in more info check out y2kemo.com/2018/11/backpack… or contact the GW Ranger's office. Nov 19, 2018

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