Hiking The Wild Oak Trail

The 20th most popular hiking trail in Virginia.

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Southwest of Harrisonburg in the George Washington National Forest, the Wild Oak National Recreation Trail is a 26 mile hiking loop following ridgetops encircling the North River headwaters. Each of its three sections offers a vigorous but scenic day hike or it can provide the backpacker a nice multiple day loop. Elevations range from a low of 1,600 feet at North River Gap to 4,351 feet on Little Bald Knob, offering nice vistas and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Directions: From Bridgewater, take US 42 about 3 miles south to Mossy Creek. Take SR 747 west for 3 miles. At Mt. Solon, take SR 731 north for 1 mile. Turn left and take SR 730 west for 3 miles to the Stokesville junction. Turn right on SR 718 and proceed north 1 mile to FDR 95. The trailhead parking area is about .2 mile ahead on the right.

Overall, Wild Oak Trail is the 20th most popular hiking trail of all 23 hikes in Virginia. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Wild Oak Trail including Three Ridges, Allegheny Trail, North Mountain Trail, Dry Run Trail, Signal Knob Loop and Shenandoah Mountain TrailWolf Ridge Trail.


Local Contact(s):  George Washington National Forest (540) 265-5100; Virginia Tourism (800) 847-4882.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Virginia" from Bill Burnham

Best Season:  May - Sept.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/gwj/

GPS:  38.36432, -79.16609

Date Published:  4/2/2016

Date Updated:  8/14/2016

ID:  14667


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