Outdoor sights in Shenandoah Valley
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A most enjoyable 2-day obstacle course to scamper along. There's no chance of encountering lions and tigers here, but bears? Absolutely. Along with the Riprap Trail, hikers will trek along a portion of the Applachian Trail, as well as the Wildcat Ridge Trail. If you have two cars, you might want to leave one at the Wildcat Ridge parking area in order to shorten the hike.
This trail could be tackled in one day, but if you had to choose just one overnight adventure in Shenandoah, this hike is the one. Pull those backpack straps tight and hold on.
The landscape of Loft Mountain ranges from bucolic grassland to challenging hills and is home to a variety of wildlife, especially deer and bears. Here you'll find a wayside, camp store, gas station, picnic area and campground that's much less crowded and more secluded than Big Meadows. A 4.4km (2.7mi) nature hike loops around the northeast summit of Loft Mountain and makes for an enjoyable family excursion.
Getting to the trailhead takes a bit of doing, however. Park at the Loft Mountain wayside lot and walk north on Skyline Drive. After passing the Patterson Ridge Trail on the left, look for a dirt road on the right. Take that road past the PATC maintenance building to…