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Story of the Forest Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.8 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An easy hike that takes you from the Big Meadows Campground to the Byrd Visitor Center.


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1.0

Miles

1.5

KM

Point to Point

3,594' 1,095 m

High

3,460' 1,055 m

Low

93' 28 m

Up

148' 45 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Little to no elevation gain or loss.

Overview

This informative nature trail is great for those seeking a short trail, or a trail that features some of the natural and local history.

Description

This trail is 1 mile if hiking one-way from the campground to the Byrd Visitor Center. Otherwise it can be done as a 1.8 mile circuit hike. The trail passes through forest and connects with a paved walkway. From the Byrd Visitor Center exit, turn right and follow the sidewalk to trail entrance. At the paved walkway turn left to return to visitor center, or to avoid pavement, retrace your steps.

The nature trail provides a self-guided tour, where visitors can learn about the native plant and animal species, as well as some local history.

Flora & Fauna

Deer, black bears, salamanders, chipmunks, and other woodland critters!

Contacts

Shared By:

Michaela Davis-Rigney

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  3.8 from 4 votes

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Shenandoah National Park
Dec 6, 2017 near Stanley, VA

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Aug 3, 2022
Tom Muldowney
Jul 4, 2022
Stephanie Cairney
Jan 13, 2022
Jesse Daniels
Aug 9, 2021
Susana Wong
Easy trail from visitor center. Comes out to paved walkway that follows drive to Big Meadow Lodge. Take road back to visitor center.
May 25, 2021
Allison K
Campground-> story forest->dark hollow falls->rose river->dark hollow->big meadows walkway 1mi
Sep 26, 2020
M V
Sep 7, 2020
Cody K
1mi
Aug 9, 2020
Leisa Yager Cave