Shenandoah National Park: Skyland to Big Meadows via Appalachian Trail

Save this 13.6-miler for a weekday in the spring when crowds are thin and haze-free views stretch for miles (patches of flowers and wildlife, too).
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Save this 13.6-miler for a weekday in the spring when crowds are thin and haze-free views stretch for miles (patches of flowers and wildlife, too).

-Mapped by Jeff Chow

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 11.0

Waypoints

SKY001

Location: 38.5874328613281, -78.3836135864258

From the road into Skyland, hop on the AT and
hike S, linking white blazes. Cross the cliffs of
Pollock Knob (3,560 ft.). Good views between
mountain laurel patches

SKY002

Location: 38.5751647949219, -78.3843688964844

Pass Timber Hollow Overlook on L. Continue on
the W side of the Blue Ridge, passing an overlook
with views to Bettys Rock

SKY003

Location: 38.5625991821289, -78.3838348388672

Keep S under the cliffs of Crescent Rock. More
mountain views

SKY004

Location: 38.5571174621582, -78.3869857788086

Refill bottles @ spring under Hawksbill Gap.
Trail gains 300 ft. as it skirts around Hawksbill
Mountain (4,051 ft.)

SKY005

Location: 38.5546836853027, -78.4030990600586

Stay on AT

SKY006

Location: 38.5535850524902, -78.408332824707

Overnighters: Turn R and go .25 mi. to Rock
Springs Hut. Deer hide in this hollow under the
curiously-named Nakedtop peak

SKY007

Location: 38.5492172241211, -78.4126129150391

AT swings W; more camping @ Rock Springs
Shelter

SKY008

Location: 38.5394515991211, -78.4191970825195

Keep S, passing side trail then crossing Franklin
Cliffs

SKY009

Location: 38.5345001220703, -78.4214859008789

Cross fire road @ Fishers Gap Overlook. From
here, head SW, cross streamlet, and climb to
Davids Spring

SKY010

Location: 38.529182434082, -78.4340667724609

Trail swings N of Big Meadows Campground.
Retrace route to trailhead