The Wild Oak Trail forms a 25.6-mile loopmostly favoring ridgetopsbeginning at the headwaters of the North River in Augusta County, Virginia. Elevations along the trail vary from a low of 1,600 feet where the trail begins at North River Gap, to a high point of 4,351 feet on Little Bald Knob. Three access points from developed roads provide shorter hiking segments: A) Forest Development Road (FDR) 95 at North River Gap to FDR 95 at Camp Todd (10.2 miles); B) Camp Todd to FDR 96 (5.2 miles); C) FDR 96 to State Road 718 near Camp May Flather (10.2 miles). Hikers should plan to take a day for each segment.
The Wild Oak Trail is open all year. It is used mostly by hikers, with occasional horse travel over the entire 25.6 miles. During big-game hunting season (mid-October to the end of December) more than half of Segment C, from Hankey Mountain to Bear Draft Trail, is open to all forms of motorized travel. Other sections are closed to motorized vehicles all year. Hiking is hazardous during autumn months when all sections of the trail are used by hunters.
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