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Hike 10: Civil War Battlefield at Cool Spring


Follow this mostly paved path along the Shenandoah River, and take an uneven trail to beautiful cascades and a scenic overlook. Didactics along the route describe the circumstances of the Battle of Cool Spring. Fought July 17-18, 1864, the Battle of Cool Spring was a hotly contested Civil War engagement that would set in motion the Valley Campaigns of 1864. Parking is available at the Shenandoah University River Campus at 1400 Parker Ln, Bluemont, VA 20135. Find more information at The yellow highlight is used to illustrate the recommended route (3.0 miles, 500' ascent). From the parking lot, proceed toward the kiosk. Turn left behind the gate next to the kiosk, onto a paved path that follows the Shenandoah River. Optionally, turn left onto a dirt trail towards the River when the pavement ascends and bears right (to bypass social trail, bear right on cement walkway). Cross the creek and take an immediate right onto a social trail, uphill. Cross the creek again before the cascades and bushwhack uphill. Take a left up the cement walkway to a scenic overlook and then continue downhill. Turn left at the “T” to retrace steps back to parking. Through volunteer efforts, education and advocacy, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) maintains and protects a section of the Appalachian Trail, in addition to the Tuscarora and other nearby trails and trail lands, in the Mid-Atlantic region for the enjoyment of present and future hikers. Visit to learn more about our mission and find volunteer opportunities. PATC expressly disclaims responsibility for the condition or location of trails, features, or facilities shown on this map, or for occurrences on them, at any time whatsoever. Reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of this map, but users are requested to report map corrections and trail information to This map was originally published as part of a printed guidebook, comprised of 70 numbered hikes, crafted for the 2015 ATC Biennial Conference.

Price: $ 0.99 USD

Vendor: Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Inc.

Category: Trails

Activities: Hiking

Published: 2015-July

Language: English

Size: 9.8 MB

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