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Hike 26: Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship


These hiking trails feature multiple water crossings so expect wet feet. Characterized by moderate ascents along mainly level terrain, the Center boasts beautiful trails and a delightful vista. Stop at Gordon Pond for lunch (no swimming). The nearly 900-acre facility at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship offers woods, streams, a working farm, wildflower meadows, historic farmsteads, wildlife, farm animals, and more. Find more information at: Directions for recommended route (5.8 miles, 900' ascent): (1) Look for trailhead check-in station behind the gate in the direction of Demory field sign; continue on Farm Road toward Farmstead Loop sign – White. (2) Left onto Farmstead Loop; continue – Red. (3) Left onto Little Turtle Trail at horse gate; continue – Blue. (4) Right onto Arnold Trail; Right at first and section junction to continue – Pink. (5) Right onto Wood Thrush Trail even though sign indicates opposite direction – Orange. (6) Right onto Legacy Loop; hike entire loop counterclockwise. Gordon Pond is a good place to stop for lunch – Green. (7) Optional Left to retrace to Gordon Pond for a good lunch spot; retrace to Wood Thrush Trail – Green. (8) Straight onto Wood Thrush Trail; continue – Orange. (9) Left onto Butterfly Alley Trail at powerline – Yellow. (10) Left onto Sweet Run Loop just before wooden bridge; continue – Purple. (11) Left then Right onto Arnold Trail – Pink. (12) Left onto Little Turtle Trail; continue – Blue. (13) Left onto Piney Run Spur – Blue. (14) Left onto Farmstead Loop at end of Piney Run Spur – Red. (15) Straight onto Mountain View Vista; retrace – White. (16) Left onto Farmstead Loop; continue – Red. (17) Left onto Farm Road – White. 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: 11.0 MB

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