Shenandoah River State Park: Allen's Mountain Loop: A Moderate 8 Mile Hike

  • January 4, 2014 · 10:30 AM
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Shenandoah River State Park

Allen's Mountain and Surrounding Trails: A Moderate 8 Miles

The park is in Warren County, eight miles south of Front Royal and 15 miles north of Luray and a most beautiful and relaxing drive.

Shenandoah River State Park is one of Virginia's newest State Parks. The land for this park was purchased with funds from the 1992 General Obligation Bond. It is located just down river from Bentonville, and boasts five miles of river frontage and 1,504 acres of rolling pastures, quiet forest, and beautiful vistas.

Wildlife you are likely to see during your visit may include raccoon, black bear, wild turkey, white tailed deer, bobcat, fox, beaver, opossums, and skunks just to name a few. In addition there are many types of insects, birds of prey, snakes, fish, trees and wildflowers.

Trail Information
Nearby City: Front Royal, VA
Length: 8 total miles
Trail Type: 3 Loops
Skill Level: Moderate, 2.5mph
Duration: 4 - 5 hours
Season: Year-round but best enjoyed in the fall and winter when views are not obstructed
Elevation Gain: 700 Feet

Our RSVP Policies and Group Etiquette

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Weather Information

We hike rain or shine! Click here for up to the minute weather information for the trailhead.

Gear Information

Here are some suggestions for what to wear and what not to wear for our hikes.

Carpool Information
There are 2 carpools for this hike!

Baltimore Area Carpool

To carpool or caravan, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. You should post that on the Comments section. Click here for directions to Savage Station.

DC Area Carpool
People can also arrange to meet at the Centreville Park & Ride lot. You should post that on the Comments section. Click here for directions to Centreville Park & Ride.

If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post that location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!

Directions to the Trailhead

Click Here for Directions to Where We Meet for This Hike

Meet and Greet/Sign-In is at 10:15-10:30 a.m.

Hike is at 10:30 a.m.

Savage Station Carpool time is 8:15 a.m.

Centreville Park & Ride time is 9:15 a.m.

Park Fees
$3.00 per car Weekdays
$4.00 per car Weekends and Holidays

Please remember we are a social hiking group that values fellowship and camaraderie and practice good hike etiquette. We take breaks as necessary and have at least one guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back which means that no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then find another group! We are very supportive, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing leaving no trace.

Fido is Welcome on this Hike!

Let's have good times and see you on the trail and don't forget to take my number just in case!



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  • Rahima

    Excellent hike & group of people.

    1 · January 5, 2014

  • Anne M

    I enjoyed meeting each of you. Today was a great day to be outside and this hike was good. I drove up to the overlook to get a nice shot of the area we hiked, since our trail didn't feature any good vantage points. Thanks, John, for leading us at the last minute.

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Mike M.

    Thanks John. Hike was a lot of fun.

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Gwen

    I really enjoyed the hike- pretty blue sky and just enough snow, and a very nice group of people. My thanks to John too for leading the hike.

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Maria

    Really great day hiking. Enjoyed the scenery and meeting everyone. Thanks to John for filling in the lead spot at the last minute!

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Kathy

    Beautiful winter day. Nice hike. Thanks John, and group, for a nice day on the trails.

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Ed

    Great hike with a very nice group.

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Ed

    I will be at the park-and-ride as well. In Centerville. I can drive or ride I have no preference.

    January 4, 2014

  • Rahima

    I'll stop by Centreville P & R to see if anyone wants to carpool. Silver Civic.

    January 4, 2014

  • Cindy_S

    Im going to have to miss it guys - im fighting a cold :(

    January 3, 2014

  • Maria

    Hi all, I can drive from the Centreville meeting spot if anyone is interested. Let me know.

    1 · December 31, 2013

    • Maria

      H & Gaby - do you need a ride from Centreville? Pls confirm so I know to go there first or not. Thanks.

      1 · January 3, 2014

    • Gaby

      So sad to have to miss. Just not feeling well as don't think I'll be able to handle it. Look forward to the next one.

      January 3, 2014

  • Gaby

    So sad to have to miss. Not well:(

    January 3, 2014

  • Sabrina

    Hi All - Is anyone driving in from DC or going near a metro station before heading out to the trail/Centreville Park & Ride? I can meet anywhere near a metro and would chip in for gas and parking. Thanks!

    November 25, 2013

    • Alberto

      Hi Catie, where are you leaving from? I live in Adams Morgan and need a ride. Thanks

      January 3, 2014

    • Alberto

      Catie, me again. Forget about my previous message. I have a foot injury and won't be able to attend tomorrow.

      January 3, 2014

  • Suzanne

    Question about the hike: I just completed the Rock Creek Park hike on Saturday. It was my first moderate hike but had some strenuous parts - I had a little difficulty. Please let me know if any of the trails make a steep ascent or descent and if there are any rock scrambles. I need to plan accordingly and may need extra time. Thanks

    December 23, 2013

    • Suzanne

      Thanks Kellie! I survived the hills in Rock Creek Park only needing a break at the top. I just needed to know if there were any surprises so I can bring my better knee brace and some hiking poles, but this looks manageable.

      January 2, 2014

    • Suzanne

      I have a kid with a stomach bug, so I'll have to pass on this hike. Thanks

      January 3, 2014

  • Anne M

    I'm coming from Olney (near Rockville) and am happy to carpool. Let me know if you're interested.

    January 2, 2014

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