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Appalachian Trail

Front Royal AT Community

Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a continuous footpath extending 2,178 unbroken miles from Maine to Georgia along the Appalachian Highlands. One hundred miles of the trail passes through the Shenandoah National Park, exiting the park four miles east of Front Royal on Rte. 522 in Chester Gap.  Considered the “Everest” of long-distance hiking trails, the Appalachian Trail, or “A.T.” follows gentle grades in the park: climbs rarely exceeding 500 - 1,000 feet. Frequently crossing Skyline Drive, the Trail boasts many access points, roadside amenities, backpacking shelters, and several picturesque rustic backcountry cabins operated by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC).  Loops for day-hikes can be made by joining the white-blazed A.T. with the many blue- and yellow-blazed side trails in the park. 

Maps for the Appalachian Trail are produced by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. Map 9: Appalachian Trail and Other Trails in the Shenandoah National Park (North District) features routes north of Thornton Gap (Rte 211), while Map 8: Appalachian Trail, Northern Virginia (Snickers Gap to Chester Gap) follows the trail along gently rolling countryside north of the park. Maps can be obtained from the PATC, or at visitor centers in the park. 

Front Royal Info and Map



George Washington National Forest
Fort Valley, Virginia (approx. 5 miles from Front Royal)
There are 400 miles of trails (interpretive, non-motorized & motorized) over 190,000 acres in the Lee Ranger District of the Forest. There are 6 interpretive trails ranging from 0.2 miles - 0.6 miles. Trail guides and maps are available through Lee Ranger District Office, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (540)242-0965 or Royal Oak Bookshop in Front Royal (540) 635-7070.
Buzzard Rock and Signal Knob



Happy Creek Trail
This trail is located adjacent to Commerce Avenue and runs 1/2 mile. It is designed for walkers, runners, bikers and hikers. It runs from Short Street along Front Street on the south side of Town to E. Main Street. The Town of Front Royal oversees the Trail.



Northern VA 4-H Educational Center
600 4-H Center Road
The Appalachian Trail runs adjacent to the 4-H property. Please call or stop in the office when parking and hiking from the 4-H Center.

(540) 635-7171


Shenandoah River/Raymond R. “Andy” Guest, Jr. State Park
350 Daughter of the Stars Drive, Bentonville
Enjoy the Shenandoah River and the Shendoah Valley at its best with over 13 miles of trails.

(540) 622-6840
(800) 933-PARK


Shenandoah National Park
Rourt 340 South
Enjoy approximately 500 trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachain Trail. Many trails are accessed from Skyline Drive. Some short trails lead to a waterfall or viewpoint. Some longer and more difficult trails penetrate deep into the forest and wilderness. Several publications that list hiking trails and maps are available at the Park Visitor Centers. To Backpack in the park you must obtain a permit from the Ranger Station. There is no cost for this permit, but a fine will be levied on those caught without a permit.

(540) 999-3500


Twin Creeks Llamas
427 Turtle Lane, Browntown
Enjoy a guided llama hike into the Shenandoah Valley. Reservations are first come first serve.

(540) 631-9175

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