Shenandoah Mountain Trail (FT #447) - NRRD

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Shenandoah Mountain Trail is a ridge-top trail following the Virginia and West Virginia state line.  Elliott’s Knob Lookout Tower is visible from the south end of the trail.

Trail Open To:

Trail HikingBicycle RidingHorse Riding

At a Glance

Fees No fee.
Open Season: Open Year Round
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 I-81:  Take exit 225.  Travel west on the SR 275 Bypass for five miles.  Turn right onto US 250 and drive for 22 miles to the top of the Shenandoah Mountain.  This trail is on the left off FR 396.

General Notes:
  • Trail Length:  32.37 miles
  • Blazes:  Yellow
  • Trail Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Connecting Trails:  FT #440 - Ramsey’s Draft, FT #447D - Sinclair Hollow, FT #441 - Jerry’s Run, FT #448 - Road Hollow,  FT #447 - Confederate Breastworks, and FT #110 - Holloway Draft Trail
  • Elevation:  N/A
  • 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.

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