- Saturday, October 4: Turk Mountain and Blue Mountain
This early fall hike will cover one of the shorter but very scenic hikes in the southern part of Shenandoah National Park, from Skyline Drive to Turk Mountain and back. The Turk Mountain Summit is a rocky hill (2981' elevation) with excellent views of the Shenandoah Valley and of the wilderness area at the southern end of SNP. The hike will also include a short section of the AT. We'll start at the Sawmill Run Overlook, about 10 miles in from the southern entrance to the park. From there we'll go north on the AT to the Turk Mountain Trail, and then west for a mile to the Turk Mountain Summit.
Total hiking distance is about 5 miles, with 1000 ft. elevation change. Total hiking time will be about 2.5 hours. This is a moderate hike, with a few hilly and rocky sections.
Following the hike, those who are interested can take a short drive over to the Blue Mountain Brewery for lunch and a sampling of local brews or wine. We heartily recommend the pretzels and homemade mustard as a starter!
Meet at the Sawmill Run Overlook at 10:00AM. To carpool from Harrisonburg, meet at the Friendly City Food Coop at 9:00 AM.
Bring water to drink, appropriate clothing, rain gear, and any personal items or first aid you might need. Layered clothing is appropriate for fall / winter hiking.
For more information or to check the hike status in case of inclement weather contact Ralph Grove, email@example.com or (540.478.3677).
Saturday, October 18: Paine Run / Blackrock Hike
Join us for a mid-fall hike up to Skyline Drive and back along Paine Run and Trayfoot Mountain. This hike will start at the bottom of the Paine Run Trail, southeast of Grottoes. From there we will head up the Paine Run Trail to Blackrock, which has one of the best scenic views of the entire SNP. At Blackrock, we will head north along the Appalachian Trail to the Trayfoot Mountain Trail, and begin the descent back to Paine Run. Along the Trayfoot Mountain Trail we'll find some more great views of the Shenandoah Valley on the way down.
This is a strenuous hike over a long distance with significant elevation changes including some steep switchbacks. Be prepared for a workout at a good pace. The hike is about ten miles long in all, and will take about 6 hours, plus whatever time we stop to admire the views.
Bring lunch, plenty of water, suitable hiking gear, and extra warm clothing.
Registration is required. To register, visit:
or contact the hike leader, Ralph Grove, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540.478.3677.
Other outings programs active in the Shenandoah Group area:.
- The Sierra Club Potomac Region Outings (SCPRO) of the Sierra Club holds outings around the state.
- Check the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter web site for links to other groups in the state and their outings schedules.
Websites with information on hiking trails in Virginia:
- October, 2010: Madison Run / Black Rocks
- June, 2011: Camp Hoover, SNP
- July, 2011: St. Mary's Falls
- November, 2011: Rip-Rap Trail
- February, 2012: Black Rocks
- May, 2012: Confederate Breastworks
- August 2012: Rip-Rap Trail
- October, 2012: Strickler Knob
- March, 2013: Hawksbill Summit
- April, 2013: Shenandoah Mountain / High Knob
- May, 2013: Dark Hollow Falls / Rose River Falls
- June, 2013: Camp Hoover, SNP
- August, 2013: RipRap Trail Hike & Swim
- September, 2013: North River
- September, 2013: Doyle River & Jones Run
- October, 2013: Moorman River & Turk Run
- December, 2013: Black Rocks Furnace Mountain
- February, 2014: Appalachian Trail from Rockfish Gap north
- March 2014: Kennedy Peak (GWNF)
- June 2014: Wildflower Walk to Camp Hoover
- July 2014: RipRap Trail to Calvary Rocks
- August 2014: Bird Watching in Hillandale Park
- September, 2014: Lookout Mountain
- September, 2014: Kennedy Peak