If you're a hiker you shouldn't visit The Shenandoah NP and not plan a well worth the trip visit to Old R. Shorter one way than the other, so you can mix and match to your desired amount of time, challenge, and weather. Stop by one of the Park visitor centers and they give you a helpful map, or for purists stop by a quality equipment provider in the region and buy the Trails Illustrated by Nat Geographic - there are great deals on amazon. I dont have the AT maps through the region so I dont know if this is covered there, but there are books for the park (Falcon series comes to mind) and AMC books in which you'll find it, including one which highlights all the side trails (caution: pricey if you're doing just this loop). Suggest an early start due to the popularity of this trail and parking lots get busy. Fell just below my 'Excellent' rating because there's really better views from Skyline road at time, especially in the fall
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