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Hike 39: Rapidan Camp in Shenandoah National Park


This hike (7.6 miles, 1600' ascent) is moderately difficult, with gradual elevation change. Hikers should be cautious of slippery rocks at stream crossings. It leads to President Herbert Hoover's National Historic Landmark summer getaway, known as Rapidan Camp. Hikers might choose to stop for lunch at the camp, and sit on the porch at Brown House where the President would stay. The return hike passes several cascades and a mini pond. Parking is available for 20+ cars at the Milam Gap Trailhead on Skyline Drive, at mile marker 52.7. Be prepared to pay the Shenandoah National Park entrance fee. The yellow highlight is used to illustrate the recommended route. From parking at Milam Gap, cross Skyline Drive and begin hiking southbound on the white-blazed Appalachian Trail (AT). Turn left onto blue-blazed Laurel Prong Trail. Continue on Laurel Prong Trail, passing Cat Knob Trail then Fork Mountain Trail on the right. Explore Rapidan Camp. When departing the camp, turn right onto yellow-blazed Mill Prong Horse Trail. At the fork, turn left onto blue-blazed Mill Prong Trail, passing Mill Prong Horse Trail on the right. Turn right onto the AT to cross Skyline Drive and return 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: 13.0 MB

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