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Awesome Blue Blaze near Blackrock Summit, Hut, and Spring - Shenandoah National Park

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I'm continuing to creep my way south though SNP on the AT. I might actually get it done this year. LoL. This is one of the better hikes along the Appalachian Trail I've had in Shenandoah National Park (at least everywhere North of here). The blue blaze loop around the falls is well worth it! Starting at the Doyles River Trail parking lot at Skyline Drive mile post 81.1, I followed the Doyles River Falls Trail south past the upper and lower Doyles Falls and via the Jones Run Trail to see the falls on that leg. It is 6 miles to the Jones Run trail parking at mile post 84.1 from the Doyles River parking if you follow this route. The trail also descends 1400 feet and ascends 1200 feet along the way. The return to Doyles parking via the Appalachian Trail is another 3.7 miles and relatively flat, only changing 150' or so along the way. The total loop distance is 9.7 miles. What I ended up doing is hiking 2.1 miles further south from the Jones Run Parking on the Appalachian Trail over Blackrock summit and staying overnight at Blackrock Hut and then returning via the AT the next morning. The hike over Blackrock is just amazing! Blackrock hut is nondescript and has an unreliable water source. Distance hiked this weekend was 14.2 miles.

Maps of the area can be found here:
https://www.nps.gov/shen/blackrock-summit.htm
https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvis...dTrail-508.pdf
https://www.nps.gov/shen/upload/Black-Rock-Summit.pdf

Updated 11-23-2017 at 10:14 by Kaptainkriz

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