We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
one of the easier parts of the hiking in Shenadoah

The appalachian trail is part of the hikes in Shenadoah national park. This area of the hiking... read more

Reviewed November 13, 2018
Jane S
Toronto, Canada
Excellent trail for short or long walk/hike.

I'll never hike the Appalachian Trail in it's entirety in my lifetime, but doing short walks gives... read more

Reviewed October 15, 2018
Sue L
Read all 177 reviews
All photos (108)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent80%
  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“deep forest”(2 reviews)
“small section”(3 reviews)
“skyline drive”(21 reviews)
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
Shenandoah National Park, VA
Improve This Listing
Reviews (177)
Filter reviews
173 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews deep forest small section skyline drive lewis mountain black rock an adventure skyland drive thornton gap big meadows swift run gap beautiful scenery parking lot park ranger parking area black beans many places skyland resort
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 173 reviews
Reviewed November 13, 2018

The appalachian trail is part of the hikes in Shenadoah national park. This area of the hiking trails is fairly easy after navigating the more difficult areas.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jane S
Reviewed October 15, 2018

I'll never hike the Appalachian Trail in it's entirety in my lifetime, but doing short walks gives you the feel, even for a short time, of being alone in nature and enjoying seeing the sights and sounds associated with it. Great spots to do this...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Sue L
Reviewed October 10, 2018

I’m not a hiker but I hiked the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National park from Swift Run Gap to Thornton Gap. I did this over a period of four days while spending the nights at the park lodges or cabins. By my step counter, a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Eric A
Reviewed October 3, 2018

We were only there a very short time, so I can't really say a lot. We walked a little bit so we could say we did :D Honesty.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank daljulie
Reviewed September 1, 2018

One of the highlights of our trip was adding mileage on the AT. It's great that so much of the AT intersects Shenandoah park and it's trails. We were able to be on it in different spots every day.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Travelgirl77710
Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

We got to the Appalachian trail almost by chance while hiking close to Front Royal. The access to the trail is not that well marked buyer we managed to get to the white marked trail. In that area the hike is fairly easy, a little...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank claudiast
Reviewed August 12, 2018

We only traversed a small portion fo the north trail, but enjoyed the view. Free entry for military is a plus.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 732jimmys810
Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile

I went out from the Lodge on the Skyline Drive and picked up a portion of the "Appalachian Trail". I didn't have long to hike & can't hike as well as I could in the past b/c of my knees, but always love to be...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank GeorgeH-LI_NY-ExPat
Reviewed July 8, 2018

I felt great to walk the famed Appalachian trail which cuts through Shenandoah Park, if you like deep forest, woods and birds great place to be. If you hate bugs and swarm of bees chasing you-- wear protection

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Koolpiscean
Reviewed June 19, 2018

I hopped on mid-Shannies for a section hike to the PA/MD border and loved my time on this part of the AT. The trail was well-maintained, the shelters were fine (though I always tented up), and there were lots of animals (I saw half a...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Brittany_11_10
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all nearby hotels
Royal Inn Motel
60 reviews
9.47 miles away
Super 8 by Wyndham Front Royal
358 reviews
9.50 miles away
Center City Motel
4 reviews
9.58 miles away
Quality Inn Skyline Drive
388 reviews
9.91 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 5 nearby restaurants
Foster Harris House
142 reviews
5.17 miles away
Griffin Tavern
346 reviews
5.91 miles away
Houndstooth Restaurant
27 reviews
6.39 miles away
Three Blacksmiths
71 reviews
8.09 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 27 nearby attractions
Little Washington Winery
212 reviews
5.73 miles away
Quievremont Winery
6 reviews
5.85 miles away
Rappahannock Cellars
168 reviews
6.65 miles away
Virginia Canopy Tours
116 reviews
7.98 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
July 9, 2016|
Response from Jjmat49022 | Reviewed this property |
Thats a difficult question to answer. If going to SNP all the campgrounds tend to be close to the AT.
Travel Forum Posts
Appalachian Trail vacations? (2 Replies)
Hi...my husband and father in law love to hike. My husband grew up in northern Italy and his dad will be coming to visit for 2 weeks this summer. We live in Philly so we thought a drive down to Virginia's appalachian trail area would be a good choice. THey can hike and I can find a nice quiet place and curl up with a bag of romance novels!!! Any suggestions....hotels by lakes, cabins, etc....doesn't have to be fancy...I don't know where to start! Thanks Chrissi
March 28, 2005|
Doha, Qatar
Road trip in New England and more! help with itinerary (6 Replies)
Hi, Traveling from 21 July- 18th August 2016 (29 days), two adults and 3 kids (ages 16, 11 and 7). We love to go on road trips and this is our first time in USA. Main activities: sight seeing, hiking,... Tickets are booked, arriving Boston and leaving from Boston. We are planning to rent a car from the airport. This is our plan: Boston, MI: 2 days Portland, ME: 3 days Lake Winnipesaukee, NH: 2 days Burlington, VT: 2 days Kent, CT: Appalachian Trail: 2 days Pocono Mountains, PA: 2...More
April 15, 2016|
Response fromforgotmypword|
Wow, that is quite a trip! Lucky you. You are visiting a lot of cities where parking will be expensive and you do not need a car. . Most Boston hotels charge upwards of $40 per night to park and weekday parking in a garage you find on your own will run around $30. Parking in NYCity is even more expensive. For starters I think I would put all the Boston days together at the end of the trip, return the car upon arrival and spend 4 days in a downtown hotel without the car. I would...More
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Two 30 something couples on a road trip from Minneapolis (2 Replies)
Hello all, We are two couples trying to plan a road trip over Memorial weekend 2016. We were planning to leave on Wednesday the 25th and need to be back in Minneapolis by Monday the 30th. Obviously this is a short time period so we are just looking for the best advice on where to go and what to do to make sure we use are time as efficiently as possible. Originally we were just going to drive to Nashville and spend all of our time there but someone recently said we may not have a lot of...More
April 15, 2016|
Response fromTFerrell|
Why would someone tell you you might not have fun in Nashville? Why did you pick it in the first place, and what were the negatives expressed to you? It all depends on what you like to do, but lots of places -- Nashville included -- offers diverse activities and sites. For example, I would consider driving from MN to WV to the AT, and then back again, kind of roundabout. So, in addition to better understanding what your interests are, it would help to know how much time you want to spend...More