PDA

View Full Version : Sky Meadows State Park, near Front Royal



BabySue
09-10-2013, 15:43
This source (http://www.summitpost.org/appalachian-trail-mileage-chart/593282#chapter_7) notes that there is AT access from Sky Meadows State Park via a trail. My questions are:
Is the trail marked? Well marked? That is, as I walk SOBO on the AT from Highway 50, will I know when I come to the Sky Meadows trail?
The SummitPost source above says it's 2.6 miles from Highway 50 to the Sky Meadows trail. Does that sound right?
Thanks.

FarmerChef
09-10-2013, 15:50
Yes. At least, I think so. Right at the trail junction there is a nice bench seat. Perhaps someone can confirm this as I might be mixing up exactly where in the park I was at the time. I've hiked up to the AT on that trail and passed by it on the AT itself on two different occasions. Either way, it is a beautiful section of trail to walk.

Studlintsean
09-10-2013, 16:02
Yes. At least, I think so. Right at the trail junction there is a nice bench seat. Perhaps someone can confirm this as I might be mixing up exactly where in the park I was at the time. I've hiked up to the AT on that trail and passed by it on the AT itself on two different occasions. Either way, it is a beautiful section of trail to walk.

FarmerChef is correct. As you walk south on the AT the bench will be on your left about 2 miles from Rt. 50. You make a left on the Northridge Trail and this will take you to the State Park. I actually hiked from the park up to the AT and then south to dicks dome on short trip a few weeks ago. It is a nice walk.

QHShowoman
09-10-2013, 16:13
Yes, the entrance to the park itself is about 2 miles off of Rt. 50, and the AT is about half a mile from the entrance, so 2.6 miles sounds right on the money. If you're walking SOBO from 50 on the AT, you'll cross a purple-blazed (old Trail) trail (on your right) first. Bypass this trail and keep on the AT until you hit the light blue blazed Ambassador Whitehouse trail on your left. Take this trail and it will lead you into the heart of the park.

It's been a couple years, but the last time I was in Sky Meadows, trails were exceedingly well marked with signposts at all junctures that explained which trail went with what blaze.

Deer Hunter
09-10-2013, 16:48
http://www.sherpaguides.com/virginia/mountains/maps/sky.html

johnnybgood
09-10-2013, 16:57
Hiked from Sky Meadow St.Park 3 weeks ago so here's what I can tell you.
There is a sign on the AT at the junction where the other blazed trail intersects on the left. Also was a sign as soon as I stepped on the AT, going nobo anyway, stating that Ashby Gap was 2.9 miles from that point

The trail is 2.1 miles downhill to Sky Meadows , and will come out about 100 ft beyond the parking area at the entrance. Parking fee is $4 daily , paid in advance.

Deer Hunter
09-10-2013, 20:55
Here are the three signs at the intersection (bench). The third picture is a zoom of the sign in the second picture. Hope this helps.

2390823909 23911 23910

scree
09-24-2013, 23:50
A mile or so North of the signs posted above, if you're hiking South there will be a very obvious side trail on your left (Ambassador Whitehouse) that has a picnic table and a bench with a beautiful view about .1 mile from the AT. It might be worth a stop since it's the only wide open view for miles. Very pretty. On a clear day you can see the Dulles airport control tower and Herndon/Reston a bit further away, not to mention a great view at the edge of the VA Piedmont's rolling hills.