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Monday, December 05, 2016

Wintergreen Winter Hikes

Wintergreen is a hiker's paradise with over 30 miles of marked trails just on our property, not to mention off the Blue Ridge Parkway and beyond. Winter hiking can be an exhilarating experience. With clear skies and open canopy, views which cannot be seen during warmer months are found. While enjoying winter hiking, it is important to note a few aspects;

  • Pay attention to trail blazes
  • Dress in layers
  • Be aware of icy, leaf covered or wet areas
The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen Trillium House

As a special treat, we asked Josh Palumbo from The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen for his top three winter hikes. Visit The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen for more details. Hiking Guides are available for $3 at the Front Desk or at the Nature Center. This guide gives detailed descriptions of each trail, with distance, difficulty and key features to note while hiking.

Fortunes Ridge Trail - The Fortunes Ridge Trail traverses a diversity of terrain types ranging from mountain laurel thickets to rugged rock formations. The winter time appeal for this trail lies in the unique little waterfall located approximately .6 miles up the trail from Fortunes Ridge Drive. In the winter, the waterfall freezes into gorgeous ice formations that are quite picture worthy. This trail can be made into a nice loop. Head west on Laurel Ridge Loop, cross Wintergreen Drive, then head south on Pond Hollow right back to your car. This hike is rated moderate to difficult.

Blackrock Trail - This south facing trail slope offers the hiker rock formations and wind-bent table mountain pine along it’s approximately 1 mile length. The winter is the perfect time to venture to the Blackrock Trail due to the ever present view shed. Once the leaves hit the ground, this trail becomes one lovely glance into the Rockfish Valley and the Blue Ridge. This hike is rated as difficult.

Lower Shamokin Falls – This 3.5 mile out and back destination hike is a gem in the Wintergreen hiking trail system. The trail leads the hiker through mature oak forests into the Shamokin Gorge to the largest waterfall on the property. The view of the waterfall improves greatly once winter arrives and the leaf cover disappears. This hike is rated as moderate. Please note: avoid using this trail until January as it traverses legal deer hunting zones.

Last Edited by The Mountain Messenger on Monday, December 05, 2016

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