Skyline Rd, Front Royal, VA – Get Directions
Small Creek, Lots of Wildflowers, and Too Many Bugs
The Dickey Ridge Trail winds over and under the ridges of the mountains throughout the northern section of Shenandoah National Park.
The section of the trail by the park's northern entrance sign is a nice, mild, family-friendly hike. We walked about a half mile in until the kids found a spot by the creek to play. It was a pleasant, shaded walk with one major pitfall - the bugs. There were tiny, swarming bugs flying annoyingly at several points of the trail. The bugs ultimately convinced us to stop and turn around. (Maybe we just happened upon a bad day.)
The trailhead is before the entrance booth. So you do not have to pay the National Park fee to enjoy this trail. It appeared that this is a popular trail for locals walking their dogs.
We walked this trail on a cool morning in late April.