Browns Hollow and Emerald Pond Circuit Hike-11.0 miles-Strenuous

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UVA North Research Park

4105 Lewis and Clark Dr · Charlottesville, VA

How to find us

In front of Building 4105 - it is the only office building on the right hand side

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Starting Point - Massanutten Visitor Center on Rt. 211

Ending Point - Massanutten Visitor Center on Rt. 211

Hike Distance/Rating/Elevation - 11 miles/Strenuous/2900 feet

Disclaimer #1 - This hike is rated as a strenuous hike. Since this hike is rated as a strenuous hike, all hikers who have not hiked with me before will need to answer the following vetting questions.

1. How often do you hike?
2. What strenuous hikes have you completed?
3. When and what was the last strenuous hike that you completed?

The answers to these questions need to be emailed to at [masked] or via Meetup messages within one week of the RSVP. Failure to answer these questions within one week will move the hiker from the wait list to NOT GOING.

Disclaimer #2 - This hike does offer the opportunity to possibly go for a swim into the Emerald Pond. The swim is completely optional. However, if you do wish to go for a swim in the Emerald Pond, you do need to bring water shoes. The bottom of the pond is rocky.

Hike Highlights - Wildflower Trail, Browns Hollow, Browns Hollow Trail, Roaring Run, Roaring Run Trail, Emerald Pond, Byrd Knob, Byrd Knob Trail, Massanutten Trail, Amazing ridgline views along the Massanutten Trail, Incredible rock formations on the Massanutten Trail

Hike Details - This hike provides an opportunity to see a mountain pond fed by a natural spring and amazing views from the Massanutten Ridgeline. We will also have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Browns Hollow. We are going to meet at the North Research Park shortly before 8:15 AM to form the carpools to the trailhead at the Massnutten Visitor Center on Rt. 211. Upon our arrival at the trailhead, we are going to start the hike on the Wildflower Trail down to the intersection with the Browns Hollow Trail. We are going to descend into Browns Hollow to the Roaring Run stream crossing. This stream crossing is the only stream crossing for this hike, and it could be tricky if there is rainfall in the days leading up to the hike. After crossing Roaring Run, we are going to start the climb up the gorge on the Browns Hollow Trail to the trail junction with the Roaring Run Trail. We will turn right onto the Roaring Run Trail. We are going to make the steep climb up to the ridgline and our lunch spot for the hike. After lunch, we will descend about a half mile to the forestry service road and Massanutten Trail. We will turn right onto the Massanutten Trail/Service Road. We will hike up the Service Road to the intersection with the Byrd Knob Trail. We will turn left onto the Byrd Knob Trail, and hike less than a tenth of a mile to a fork. We will turn right onto the fork and make our way to the Emerald Pond. There will be an optional swim, for those who would like to go for a swim. We will retrace our steps to the Byrd Knob Trail and turn right onto the Byrd Knob Trail. We will hike the Byrd Knob Trail up to the ridgeline and the intersection with the Massanutten Trail. We will turn left onto the Massanutten Trail. On this stretch of trail, we will have multiple rock outcroppings and viewpoints into West Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. We descend past some incredible rock formations and close the circuit with the Wildflower Trail.

As is tradition with my hikes, there will be an optional post hike at a local brewery or restaurant. Carpools can be arranged accordingly.

What to Bring - Broken in hiking boots, trekking poles, moisture wicking clothing, swimwear/water shoes/change of clothes (if going for a swim), lunch/snacks, 3 to 4 liters of water, first aid kit, sunscreen, tick repellent, $8 for your driver if not driving

Disclaimer #3 - GetHiking Charlottesville's Organizers are not professional guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. With your RSVP you agree with this disclaimer - Disclaimer (