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Shenandoah National Park: Big Devil Stairs Loop! A Moderate 5 Mi

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Price: $5.00 /per person

SNP Hike: Big Devil Stairs with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 5 Miles

Directions: Click the link under “Directions to the Trailhead” located near the end of the event listing. The linked page has location/direction details, driving/parking info, including where to Meetup after you arrive. · , VA

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Shenandoah National Park: A Moderate 5 Miles on Big Devil Stairs Trail A Moderate 5 Mile Hike

We wanted to find some hikes in Shenandoah National Park that were not very long or tough so that EVERYONE (including newbies) can enjoy the fall colors and not only more strenuous hikers. Additionally, there are not many newbie friendly hikes in this National Park and none with the type of views this hike offers so get your rear in gear and see you there for good times out on the trail!

Join us today while we take a hike on a little-used trail on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park! You are rewarded with a gorgeous waterfall pictured further down on this page on this hike.

The trails are used surprisingly little. The nearly level Bluff Trail takes you to the Big Devils Stairs canyon rim for an excellent view of the valley below and the mountains beyond. Along the way, you will see waterfalls, and you will pass a shelter used by long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail.

Trail Information

Nearby City: Front Royal, VA
Length: 5 total miles
Skill Level: Moderate Hike
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Start Elev: 2700 Feet
Top Elev: 2700 Feet
Lowest Elev: 2000 Feet
Elevation Gain: 700 Feet

Park Fee (SNP)
Many of our members have annual park passes, so please coordinate together to share passes! The entry fee for Skyline Drive for all vehicles is $20 for a single car. Passes, which are valid for unlimited entries within a seven-day period, are issued. Payment may be made with cash, credit, or debit cards. If you plan on visiting more than once, it is well worth it to purchase a pass!

Gear Suggestions
Click Here ( for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.

Weather Information
We hike rain or shine. Click Here (,%20VA&lwsa=WeatherLocalUndeclared&from=searchbox_typeahead) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.

Pace Options
The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of hikes and pace options so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and ability.

Our RSVP Policies and Group Etiquette
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Carpool Suggestions and Information

Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and places are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the 'Comments' section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings.

Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here ( for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location.

DC Area Carpool Suggestion - Centreville
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, people can arrange to meet at the Centreville Park and Ride. Click Here ( for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Centreville Park and Ride location.

If you can drive or want to carpool from any particular place, please post your offer to help those in need of a ride, and those looking for a ride, in the comment section below. Click Here ( for a list of suggested carpool locations, each complete with a physical address, GPS coordinates, driving directions and additional carpool information.

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 ( Where We Meet for this Hike

Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m.

The Hike is at 10:00 a.m.

Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 8:00 a.m.

Carpool Time from Savage Station — 7:30 a.m.

Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette ( Leave No Trace ( principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (!/) as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission ( Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, ( and donations ARE tax deductible ( Tax ID:[masked] (

A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!

Let’s have good times out on the trails and see you there!


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