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  View at the rocky ledge
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  • View at the rocky ledge - Shenandoah National Park
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  • Powell Gap Trail - Shenandoah National Park

If you're in the northern part of the South District and don't have enough time to hike Hightop, a decent alternative is a hike to a viewpoint above Powell Gap. This 1-mile round trip trail climbs roughly 300 feet to a small but pretty viewpoint towards a hollow on the eastern side of the Blue Ridge. Start by following the Appalachian Trail south; the trail climbs for a short stretch until it reaches a ridgetop, which it follows for 3 or 4 minutes to the rocky viewpoint. Very few visitors hike this section of the AT, as most head for Hightop or the higher mountains of the Big Run Valley area. A good hike for those short on time who want a pretty view and plenty of solitude!

I got the idea of this hike from Virginia Trail Guide, which offers one of the most interesting and comprehensive overview of trails in Shenandoah.

Directions: The trailhead is at Mile 69.9 of Skyline Drive; park on the grassy eastern side of the drive across the road from the Powell Gap sign. The trail starts at the southern end of the grassy area.
Website: http://virginiatrailguide.com/2010/08/12/powell-gap/

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  • Written Oct 20, 2011
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