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Sky Meadows

Let's enjoy a late Spring hike in Sky Meadows State Park!

The route: From the parking lot near the Park Office, we’ll head uphill and west along Piedmont Overlook Trail (Red, 0.61 miles), continuing north and west along Ambassador Whitehouse Trail (Light Blue, 1.1 miles) to the Appalachian Trail. We’ll walk south along the Appalachian Trail (White, 2.43 miles) and turn east to follow North Ridge Trail about 1/3 of its length (Blue, 0.5 miles) to where it intersects with the South Ridge Trail. From there we’ll follow South Ridge Trail (Yellow, 1.54 mile) past the ruins of Snowdon Manor as it loops along the south boundary of the park to Boston Mill Road (Green, 0.4 milles), which we’ll follow north back to our start point.

The walk is about 6.5 miles and should take a little over 2 hours, with breaks. The surface is a mix of dirt, gravel, and mown grass. The uphill stretch along Piedmont Overlook Trail is even ground, but the downhill stretch along North Ridge Trail has rocks, roots, and some muddy patches.

Where to meet: We'll meet in the Visitor Center parking lot, GPS =[masked],[masked]

How to get there: From the I-495 Beltway, take exit 49A for I-66 W toward Vienna/Front Royal. Follow I-66W for about 42 miles. Take exit 23 to merge onto US-17 N/VA-55 W/Winchester Rd toward Delaplane/Paris. Continue to follow US-17 N/Winchester Rd for almost 7 miles. Turn left onto State Route 710/Edmonds Lane, drive 0.5 miles, and turn slightly right onto Winchester Road to enter the park. The parking lot is 0.7 miles further at 1124 Winchester Rd, Delaplane, VA 20144.

What to bring: Water, comfy shoes, and your furry friend if desired. (Leashes, please.) Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a light snack for halts are good accessories. It’s pretty early for bugs, but some repellent might be handy. Please remember, this is a kid-free zone, no one under 18 please.

Cost: Parking is $4.00 per car; pay and pick up a hangtag at the gate. (You can grab a free trail map while you're there.)

Administrative stuff: The park office area has restrooms, drinking fountains, and a gift shop.

Sky Meadows State Park: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/sky.shtml

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  • Ed

    This was a fun hike. The group was upbeat and the fog and misty weather added to the experience. I look forward to when I can hike with this group again.

    May 20, 2013

  • Jim

    Great time as usual with this group! John always does it right! (Thank You!) Favorite quote of the day on the trail: "Maybe we should go back and read those trail signs". LOL!

    2 · May 19, 2013

  • Dawn

    It's so true that "strangers are friends you just haven't met". A challenge at the beginning and "it's all down hill..." :) it was a wonderful day!

    1 · May 18, 2013

  • Naomi

    I was also late with Michelle but we had a great time with the guided hike with the park ranger and had lunch on 1800 kitchen's rocking chairs :) Thanks John for organizing!

    May 18, 2013

  • Thomasine

    Even though the group was way ahead, I was still able to enjoy the day.

    1 · May 18, 2013

  • Scott S.

    Enjoying hiking and talking to everyone. A very nice day.

    1 · May 18, 2013

  • Katherine

    This was a very good hike. The first elevation hike was a little challenging, but would definitely do this again!

    1 · May 18, 2013

  • Lucia

    Great group and a wonderful hike

    1 · May 18, 2013

  • John M

    Great bunch! And it was all downhill!! Thanks for a super morning!

    1 · May 18, 2013

  • Mark O.

    Best hike yet - thanks John!

    1 · May 18, 2013

  • Edna

    Brilliant day, awesome hike, fantastic group of people! Thanks for making it such fun. And John, thanks again for leading us, and for patiently bearing with some of us who found it priceless to give you a hard time. :)

    1 · May 18, 2013

  • ML M.

    Sorry must change plans

    May 17, 2013

  • shankar

    Would be leavin from Falls Church If some one needs a ride.....

    May 17, 2013

    • David G

      I live in Arlington, and yes, we should carpool. Sent you an email.

      May 17, 2013

  • Dawn

    My first hike with this group; super excited to join you all!

    May 17, 2013

  • Danette

    I'm sorry I will not be able to attend this one. Maybe next time.

    May 17, 2013

  • Jonathan

    Out of town this weekend, I'll catch the next one

    May 17, 2013

  • Claudia C

    Sorry that I cannot join this hike as I was the one who suggested it. I love Sky Meadows. Unfortunately, my CERT team has scheduled a search and rescue exercise at the same time! :(

    May 15, 2013

  • Ann K.

    have to back out this time

    May 14, 2013

  • Chip

    not sure yet,cause of other committments

    May 14, 2013

  • Edna

    ...Hopefully a Saturday sched???

    March 18, 2013

  • Jacqueline F.

    Looks like its going to rain tomorrow. And I'm a fair weather friend!

    March 16, 2013

  • Ann K.

    This is such a beautiful park. Can't wait to go hiking there

    February 20, 2013

  • Claudia C

    Has anyone been to this park? I love it.

    January 24, 2013

  • Claudia C changed the location to Sky Meadows State Park

    January 24, 2013

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