MLK Birthday Weekend Hike at Sky Meadows State Park: A Moderate 8.4-Mile Hike

Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group — A 501(c)(3) Charitable Org.
Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group — A 501(c)(3) Charitable Org.
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Sky Meadows State Park with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 8.4 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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MLK Birthday Weekend Hike at Sky Meadows State Park: A Moderate 8.4-Mile Hike with Optional Post Trek Meal

When first approaching,it is easy to see how Sky Meadows got its name, and why amateur astronomers flock here to view the heavens. Hillside pastures offer expansive views in every direction. The views from Piedmont Overlook and the Ambassador Whitehouse Trail stir memories of alpine meadows. The Appalachian Trail passes through the park for 3 miles, numerous house ruins and wagon roads tell the story of long-gone farmers. Suspended from the Appalachian Trail, the park spreads across the Blue Ridge’s eastern flanks down to the Piedmont with vistas unsurpassed in the metro area.

Trail Information

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Delaplane, VA
Length: 8.4 total miles
Elevation Change: 1592 feet
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Moderate due to a mix of a "long" uphill climb at the beginning of the hike (about 2 miles), through hillside meadows, and level terrain along the ridge top. The forest trails in places are rocky and narrow with brief, but steep, inclines and thick vegetation on each side. The toughest hill is the one described above at the beginning of the hike.
Trail Surface: Forest trails, mowed meadow paths, gravel road.
Local Maps: USGS 7.5 minute series: Upperville, VA
Topo Map: Sky Meadows State Park Topographic Map
Schedule: Open 8:00 a.m. to dusk, including holidays. Visitor center: Wednesday through Sunday 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Park office: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00.p.m.
Facilities: Restrooms, picnic tables, visitor center with a small nature center and gift shop (sells firewood), beverage machine at the picnic shelter.

Park Entry Fee
Weekdays: $7.00 per vehicle. Weekends (Apr.-Oct.: $10.00 per vehicle.
Note: Please come prepared with the correct amount in the form of cash because there is a chance no one could provide change.

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 ( to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.

Our RSVP 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 additional locations, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click Here ( for a list of suggested carpool locations complete with directions and other details including other 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 ( to 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 Savage Station — 8:15 a.m.

Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 9:00 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 charitable organization, ( 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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