Easy to moderate hike. The Fox Hollow Trail is located off Skyline Mile 4.6 in the Shenandoah National Park.
Type of hike: Loop
Distance: 1.2 miles
Approximate hiking time: 30 to 60 minutes.
Elevation gain or loss: 310 feet.
This is an easy day hike in the Shenadoah National Park. Starts at the Dickey Ridge Vistor Center, Skyline Mile 4.6.
Begin the hike on the east side of Skyline Drive, across from the Dickey Ridge Vistor Center. The kiosk provides further info about the area and serves as the trailhead. The trail begins with a slight descent and soon accesses Dickey Ridge Trail to the left. Turn left and follow that blue-blazed trail for 0.2 mile, and then turn right onto Fox Hollow Trail, also blue-blazed, past piles of rocks reflecting the work once required to clear the forest and prepare it for cultivation.
The trail continues to descend gradually, passing a spring and a old mill wheel. At 0.5 mile, the trail passes the Fox family cemetery. The trail continues to cross old farmland now being reclaimed by the forest. Deer have returned to the area and now abound. The different foliage is fantastic. Shortly after passing the cemetery, the trail begins its return to the vistor center by climbing gradually. Along the trail, rock piles and rock fences continue to proclaim that farming once dominated the area.
The path is actually an old road that once linked the Fox family with the town of Front Royal. Pets are not allowed on the trail. A beautiful hike in the early Fall season.
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