Wild Oak Trail (Forest Trail #716)

Area Status: Open

The Wild Oak Trail is a National Recreation Trail, designated in 1979 by the Secretary of Agriculture.  This trail has three access points from developed roads which provide shorter hiking segments.  Consult National Geographic Map #791.

Trail Open To:

Trail HikingBicycle RidingHorse Riding

At a Glance

Fees: No fee
Open Season: Open year round
Closest Towns: Stokesville, VA - AUGUSTA COUNTY
Water: No drinking water available. All water taken from natural sources should be purified before use.
Restroom: None
Operated By: North River Ranger District: (540) 432 - 0187
Information Center: Trail is located on National Geographic/Trails Illustrated Map #791.  It is recommended that all trail users carry a reliable map at all times.  Maps may be purchased at some local District Ranger Stations, at outdoor retail locations or by visiting the National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated website.

General Information


From Harrisonburg, VA:  Take Highway 42 south passing through the town of Bridgewater.  Continue for 3.2 miles to the intersection of Highway 42 and SR 809/747.  Continue straight on SR 809/747 for 3.4 miles and you will come to a 4-way stop sign in the town of Mt. Solon.  Continue straight on SR 747 for 2.3 miles to a 3-way stop sign.  Continue straight for 3.4 miles to the intersection of FR 95 and FR 101.  Turn left on FR 95 and travel approximately .25 miles. The parking area is on the right.

General Notes:
  • Trail Length:  26.25 miles
  • Blazes:  White
  • Trail Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Connecting Trails:  FT #424 - Groom’s Ridge, FT #446 - Hiner Springs, FT #496 - Bald Ridge, FT #650 - Dowell’s Draft, FT #486 - White Oak Draft, FT #535 - Bear Draft, FT #513 - Shaffer Hollow, FT #539 - North River
  • Elevation:  1600 - 4350 feet
  • Trail Access Points (Approximate LAT/LONG):
  • Trail Etiquette:  Trail etiquette for multiple use trails calls for horses to have the right-of-way.  Hikers should yield to horses.  Bicyclists should yield to horses and hikers.  Horse riders are responsible for the control of their horse at all times.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking


Horse Riding

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  Area/Length : 
26.25 miles

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  Elevation : 
1600 - 4350 feet