Appalachian Trail: Snickers Gap to Blackburn Trail Center

Bluemont, VA
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Appalachian Trail: Snickers Gap to Blackburn Trail Center is a 7.3 mile loop trail located near Bluemont, Virginia that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking & trail running and is accessible year-round.

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There are only a few parking spaces at the trail head on this section of the AT and we were lucky enough to get the last one. The trail is very rocky and challenging at the point where it steeply drops down about a third of the way to the Crescent Rock Overlook. Some of the other hikers on the trail gave up and turned around at this point. The view from the Crescent Rock Overlook makes it worth the effort to get there. After you finish the hike, the restaurant down the road at horseshoe curve is a good place to stop for lunch.

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We definitely enjoyed the trail. Due to rocks & leaf debris boots & poles are a good idea.

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For those of you who have done this portion of the AT...is it suitable for dogs? I'd really to do this hike with my german shepherds, but not if it's dangerous for them. I appreciate your advice!

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This was a nice, medium length hike with a lot of elevation gain. It is really rocky so make sure you are prepared with shoes you won't roll an ankle in.

Had trouble actually finding the trail-head. When you are on Rt. 7 go over the crest of the hill and then make a right on Pine Grove (?) and the parking will be immediately on your right.

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Make sure you have some good hiking boots. A very rocky but extremely rewarding hike. Get there early to avoid a lot of trail traffic. The AT can be a beautiful experience!

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Nick: This hike is on the Appalachian Trail so backpacking it is well, common. Nick there are a few established campsites just north of Crescent Rock Overlook (sometimes called Raven Rocks). Go north from there and basically at the intersection of the Cell Tower side trail and the AT you will see them on your left. Sometimes local kids are using them. Also you can camp or hostel at the Blackburn Trail Center! Always fun during thru hiker season. Then passed there all the way harpers ferry there is the David Lesser Shelter, and u can throw down there as well.

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7 Completed 2 Reviews

Hiked this route on 2/18/13 with a good friend of mine. We started off around 9am after making the trip to Blackburn Trail center to drop off a vehicle.

It was about 20 degrees when we started but the sun was out and we were hoping the temp would climb. This was my very first time with hiking poles and with the rockyness of the trail having them for stability was a good choice to buy them.

The beginning section of the trail, called the "Roller Coaster" for good reason with lots of switchbacks and down and up in elevation. It didn't really level out until around 4 miles into the hike. We only saw 4 people on the entire trek and it was a strenuous hike and took us about 6 hours instead of the suggested 4.5.

I'd recommend the hike.

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Does anyone know if backpack camping is allowed?

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Headed out on a cold day, jan 2013. Saw only one other person the entire trek. Logged 2.5 miles, absolutely gorgeous.

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Beautiful views!

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