A walk in the woods in the southern (yes, more distant, but also less populated) section of Shenendoah national park. I am combining this with an overnight camption option, at one of SNP's campgronds. IN YOUR REPLY, PLEASE INDICATE IF YOU PREFER TO CAMP.
This is a strenuous 9.8 mile loop in the southern district of SNP. While the highlight of the trek, undoubtedly, has to be the near 360 degree view from Black Rock more fine views are to be had along the ridge of Trayfoot Mountain, the last being one of Buzzard Rock and the surrounding ridges and valleys. The Paine Run Trail, an old fire road, spends little time along the stream as it climbs slowly back towards the parking area. Parts of it are exposed to the sun as the result of a forest fire on its southern flank so be prepared. Near the end it switchbacks up nearly 400 feet in 0.86 miles.
The trailhead is at the Blackrock Gap parking area on the west side of Skyline Drive south of Mile Post 87.
I distrust Googlemaps--the website itself even notes that it frequently uses inaccabble fire roads and private roads. Best bet: Find the SNP park entrance on VA RTE 33. (There are multiple options to get to RTE 33--pick one). Enter SNP and take Skyline Dr down to the trailhead mentioned above.
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NOTE: You can expect this to be about a 4 hr drive from Baltimore. Please plan (and carpool accordingly)
SNP charges a $15/car entrance fee, unless one posesses a park pass