Appalachian Trail: Swift Run Gap to Bootens Gap

Countless views, fragrant pines, and a worthy side trip to South River Falls highlight this 11.6-mile hike in Shenandoah National Park.
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Countless views, fragrant pines, and a worthy side trip to South River Falls highlight this 11.6-mile hike in Shenandoah National Park.

Shelters: Bearfence Mountain Hut; sleeps 6.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 19.1

Waypoints

WPT024

Location: 38.4467658996582, -78.4649963378906

Bearfence Loop Trail and viewpoint

WPT003

Location: 38.3577995300293, -78.5453796386719

AT turns E; Skyline Dr.; Swift Gap; US 33

WPT025

Location: 38.4466819763184, -78.4694671630859

Gravel road

WPT001

Location: 38.3779754638672, -78.5230331420898

Trail to S. River spring

WPT007

Location: 38.4103851318359, -78.4891815185547

Trail to spring (80 yds.); cabin

WPT009

Location: 38.3969993591309, -78.5031509399414

Good views to the W

WPT021

Location: 38.4686317443848, -78.4573135375976

Conway River Rd.; Bootens Gap; parking

WPT002

Location: 38.3650665283203, -78.5279998779297

Saddleback Mtn. Trail

WPT012

Location: 38.3804016113281, -78.5159149169922

Trail to S. River Picnic Area (.1 mi.); falls; observation point

WPT004

Location: 38.4360847473144, -78.477653503418

Campsite

WPT002

Location: 38.4449653625488, -78.4714508056641

Blue-blazed trail leads to shelter

WPT015

Location: 38.3750877380371, -78.5226058959961

S. River spring

WPT011

Location: 38.3859672546387, -78.5132522583008

S. River Rd.

WPT005

Location: 38.4344482421875, -78.4775009155274

Lewis Mtn. Trail

WPT023

Location: 38.4484176635742, -78.4658813476562

Bearfence Loop Trail. Rock scramble for 55 yds.

WPT006

Location: 38.4119682312012, -78.4879531860352

Gravel road to Pocosin Cabin

WPT003

Location: 38.4361343383789, -78.4770812988281

Trail to Lewis Mtn. Campground

WPT026

Location: 38.4449157714844, -78.4713134765625

Blue-blazed trail leads to shelter

WPT013

Location: 38.3800315856934, -78.5213165283203

Jeep road leads to S. River picnic area

WPT027

Location: 38.4441337585449, -78.4704818725586

Bearfence Hut

DSCF2317

Location: 38.3642654418945, -78.5419692993164