As a result of my volunteering, I occasionally come across a trail I would otherwise have little desire to check out, and it surprises me by being absolutely delightful! The Pocosin Hollow Trail in the Central District of Shenandoah National Park is one of these. I used flextime to get away from on the first day of Autumn to check it out.
|It is about a 9.4 mile hike to the SNP eastern boundary on the Pocosin Hollow Trail.|
Take the road downhill about 1.2 miles, past the Pocosin Cabin and the turnoff for the Pocosin Trail, to come to the Pocosin Hollow Trail on the left. The road and trail each drop at a consistent 8 percent grade until the first crossing of Pocosin Creek, at about 2.7 miles into the hike. After that, the trail climbs briefly to an old road on the north side of the Creek, before descending to cross three more times.
|The lower portions of the trail parallel Pocosin Creek.|
|Not sure this sign has much utility any more. Twenty years ago next summer! I remember this flood well.|
Belated thanks again to the volunteers who cleared these trails after this devastation.
|The trail continues outside the park boundaries, but I did not follow it.|
PATC Difficulty Factor: 200.6 (out and back)
Total Distance: 8.5 miles
Total Time: 4 hours, 07 minutes, including stops.
Low Point: 1342 ft. (at the Shenandoah National Park eastern boundary)
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