Sherando Recreation Area Loop
ElevationAscent: 981' 299 m
Descent: -993' -303 m
High: 2,738' 834 m
Low: 1,819' 554 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)
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“A challenging loop with several overlooks.”— Lisa Gardner
Family Friendly Lots of neat rocks to climb on.
- Season passes, camping, picnicking, snack bar and swimming beach are available.
- There are several options along the hike to make it a longer if desired. There aren't a lot of lake views on this loop, but both the Lakeside Trail and Cliff Trail have views. The lake is particularly beautiful in fall with many colorful trees on all sides.
The Blue Loop Parking Trail starts from the lot and heads steeply to a lovely rock outcrop and overlook area that would be suitable for picnicking. The trail continues uphill, but not quite as steep, and then meets the Torry Ridge Trail. Turn left here and continue along the ridge dotted with many interesting features. At the next intersection, turn left onto the Blue Loop Water Trail which will take you to Overlook Rock. Continue and turn left again onto the yellow-blazed Dam Trail.
This is a steep descent until you make a left onto the Lakeside Trail. The Lakeside Trail will take you to a small bridge that crosses the creek just below the dam. From this point, you'll be near the end of the paved fishing access road. This road is sparsely traveled and a lovely level hike along the creek. Follow the road back about 0.25 miles to the bridge and parking lot.
Land Manager: USFS - George Washington and Jefferson National Forest
May 21, 2019: Proposed fee increases at Forest sites on the Lee RD