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Dickey Ridge Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (6)

A parallel trail to the Skyline Drive along Dickey Ridge in northern Shenandoah National Park.


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9.2

Miles

14.8

KM

Point to Point

2,570' 783 m

High

610' 186 m

Low

2,599' 792 m

Up

667' 203 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

22%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Starting from US-340, the Dickey Ridge trail parallels Skyline Drive as it steadily ascends its namesake ridge, passing the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center at mile 3.8 and cresting Dickey Hill ca. mile 5.2 at an expansive overlook to the west of the Browntown Valley.

From there, the trail descends to Low Gap before ascending gradually to Lands Run Gap and then continuing steeply up Carson Mountain to its southern terminus at the Appalachian Trail AT, just north of Compton Gap.

Along the way, hikers will enjoy the rolling trail, as most grades are somewhat moderate. Beautiful Appalachian scenery flanks both sides of this trail, and hikers will be captivated by the local tree and shrub populations.

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  4.0 from 6 votes

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More fog along Dickey Ridge.
Dec 21, 2015 near Front R…, VA
View from the top.
Jul 22, 2019 near Front R…, VA
Dickey Ridge
Sep 25, 2016 near Front R…, VA
Shenandoah!
Dec 21, 2015 near Front R…, VA
You'll enjoy scenic views of the forest and its undergrowth on the Dickey Ridge Trail.
Dec 21, 2015 near Front R…, VA
The Hickerson trailhead is marked by this post.
Apr 16, 2017 near Front R…, VA

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Jan 1, 2021
Dave J
Aug 3, 2020
Ramiro Solorzano
3mi
Jun 7, 2020
Emily H
Wear Deet- lots of ticks and tall grasses. 3.5 miles moderate uphill to the visitor's center 7.2mi
Jan 20, 2020
Anthony S
8mi — 10h 30m
Dec 12, 2019
Jennifer R
Jun 26, 2019
Marjory Haddix
4mi
May 26, 2019
Marianne Bujacich
8.4mi — 3h 21m
Feb 18, 2018
CJ Mills
Short walk up Dickey since roads were shut. 2mi