The Shenandoah Mountain Trail is a 23.7 mile remote, backcountry trail which winds through the ridges of the Shenandoah Mountain Range. The trail, built in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps, features excellent views of the Deerfield Valley to the east and the Cowpasture River Valley to the west. The Shenandoah Mountain Trail intersects several "old woods" roads and other trails to provide shorter loop opportunities or add variety to the hike.
Directions: From Staunton, VA, Take US 250 west to the junction with Forest Road 396 (about 7 miles past the turnoff to Braley Pond and about .2 miles before the Confederate Breastworks. The trail sign for Shenandoah Mountain Trail South is at the gate on Forest Road 396 on the south side of US 250. Access Shenandoah Mountain Trail heading north from the Confederate Breastworks loop trail.
Elevation: 3,800 feet
Elevation Gain: 850 feet
Distance: 23.7 miles
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