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Blackrock Summit, accessible by a short and essentially flat 1 mile loop from Skyline Drive, provides one of the greatest views of Shenandoah National Park. The trail leads through the woods and reaches the rocky talus slope in 0.5 miles; no trail leads to the actual summit, but a couple minutes of scrambling up and around some truck-sized boulders will get you there. From this high summit, you can see the entirety of the southern section of the park: to the south, Calf Mountain, Turk Mountain, Bear Den Mountain, and Humpback Mountain are visible; to the southwest, a glimpse of the Shenandoah Valley with the Alleghenies behind; due west, the talus slopes and forests of Trayfoot Mountain, and to the north, an incredible view of Austin Mountain and Dundo Hollow, as well as the Loft and Big Flat Mountains and Hightop and the Big Run watershed. Although it's not quite 360 degrees, this view is an unquestionable highlight of the southern part of the park, and considering its accessibility, there's no reason not to visit. I did the hike in the late afternoon and ate dinner on the summit with spectacular autumn views; it was certainly a Shenandoah moment to remember.

A note of caution: some less-outdoorsy people might find the rock scramble a bit daunting. It's not dangerous and is certainly easier than Old Rag, but may present a largely psychological challenge to some.

Directions: The trailhead is the Blackrock Summit Parking Area at Mile 84.5 on Skyline Drive.
Website: http://www.guidetosnp.com/web/LogoftheDrive/logs4.aspx#hs-22

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  • Written Oct 25, 2011
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