Dickey Ridge Hike

Posted on 04/09/2017 in misc

Dickey Ridge View

It was another glorious weekend, so another opportunity to get out and do something outdoors. I have new hiking shoes courtesy of Santa, so today seemed seemed like a good today to give them a test run with a relatively easy 5.3 mile hike starting and ending at the Dickey Ridge Visitors Center at the northern end of Shenandoah National Park.

The view from the Visitors Center is pretty sweet.

Dickey Ridge Trail

The trail is well groomed and wide, and the hike is not particularly difficult. It would be a good beginner hike for a reasonably fit adult.

Dickey Ridge Trail

I found several piles like this in the area of the old Fox Family Homestead. remnants of old fences, maybe?

Dickey Ridge Trail

Shortly after the rocks I found the Fox Family Cemetery. It appeared as though the most recent burial was 1916.

Dickey Ridge Trail

The Snead farm. About 450 families were forcibly relocated when the park was built.

Dickey Ridge Trail

A short side trail to the summit of Dickey's Hill brings you to the FAA VOB radar facility.

Dickey Ridge Trail

About 3.7 miles into the hike you hit this view. It was worth the walk, and a great place to take a break for lunch.

Dickey Ridge Trail

Dickey Ridge Trail

The new shoes are great, and I'm looking forward to getting a lot of use from them this year.