Shenandoah Sampler: Fall 2019 (Day Hike, 8-10 Miles, Strenuous)

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Saturday, 11/09/2019

8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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SNP - Skyland Resort

Shenandoah Samplers are back!  These are a series of day trips in which we explore various sections of Shenandoah National Park at different times of the year.

This fall, we will be touring the Central District, which includes many miles of trails and some of the best views in the park.  We’ll begin at the Thornton Gap entrance to Skyline Drive and head south toward Swift Run Gap, stopping for hikes and breaks along the way.

Our samplers usually include three or four short hikes, each with something different to offer.  This trip’s featured hikes include a waterfall, a scenic vista, and a fun but challenging rock scramble with a 360-degree view:

  • White Oak Canyon (4.6-mile out-and-back version)
  • Hawksbill Summit (2.9-mile circuit version)
  • Bearfence Summit (1.2 mile circuit).

That’s a total mileage of around 8.5 miles and elevation gain of around 2,000 feet.

We’ll stop for lunch between hikes at Skyland Lodge, so you can either brown bag it or pick up a ready-made sandwich from their cafe.

Sunset time on 11/9 is 5:05pm.  If we time it right, we may be able to catch the sunset from Bearfence Summit!

The return time is approximate.  If you have plans that require you to be back in Richmond at a specific time, please communicate this prior to carpooling with someone, or consider choosing a different hike. 

Optional stop for dinner on the way back if there is interest.

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  1. Karol 7 months ago

    Sorry for the back and forth. My conflict resolved itself so I’m back to a go. Love White Oak and Bearfence. Never did Hawksbill.

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    Brian 7 months ago

    Hey Brenda…you were still on the RSVP list so I took you off.

  3. Carole 7 months ago

    I have had a bug since Tuesday & don’t think it is a good idea to go Saturday. I will miss this event. Love the Sampler hikes.

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    Brian 7 months ago

    The itinerary for Saturday includes a brief morning stop at Yoder’s Country Market for Amish goodies – plan accordingly! 🙂

  5. Steve H. 7 months ago

    spot open – gotta work weekend ;(

  6. YFreeman 7 months ago

    Had to cancel this morning. My spot is open.

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    Brian 7 months ago

    It was more like a winter sampler than a fall sampler, but nevertheless a great day to be in the park. Thanks everyone for coming out!

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