Washington, DC: Sky Meadows State Park

Centuries-old settler ruins and fabulous forest overlooks make this quiet 4.7-mile loop one of the best dayhikes within an hour's drive of downtown D.C.
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Centuries-old settler ruins and fabulous forest overlooks make this quiet 4.7-mile loop one of the best dayhikes within an hour's drive of downtown D.C.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.7

Waypoints

LMK001

Location: 38.9921836853027, -77.9666366577148

Head W from trailhead; turn L @ gate

LMK002

Location: 38.9920501708984, -77.9683303833008

Turn R up stairs; follow red blazes of Piedmont Overlook Trail

LMK003

Location: 38.994800567627, -77.9698638916016

Overlook: Enjoy the fresh air and super views

LMK004

Location: 38.9956512451172, -77.9746856689453

R @ T onto North Ridge Trail

LMK005

Location: 38.9957504272461, -77.9777984619141

Veer R; continue over small brook

LMK006

Location: 38.9956169128418, -77.9850311279297

Near bench, turn L onto South Ridge Trail.
Option: Turn R, go .4 mile to Appalachian Trail and weekend camping possibilities

LMK007

Location: 38.9844818115234, -77.9768142700195

Pass through gate

LMK008

Location: 38.9847679138184, -77.9758834838867

Forest thins to scenic vista

LMK009

Location: 38.9863166809082, -77.9734649658203

Remains of Snowden Manor, an old colonist home

LMK010

Location: 38.9883003234863, -77.9706497192383

Turn R @ T

LMK011

Location: 38.9881172180176, -77.9701690673828

R @ T over steps onto Snowden Interpretive Trail

LMK012

Location: 38.9878005981445, -77.9702529907226

Turn R back onto main trail; turn R in .3 mile to return to trailhead