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14.7 mls
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6.5 hours plus a half hour for lunch
2,620 ft
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Turn off Skyline Drive into the Elkwollow Picnic Grounds and park at the far end and Jeremy's Run Trailhead sign. 38.738084, -78.31089

At 14.7 miles the Jeremy's Run loop is one of the longest in the SNP. On the Neighbor Mountain Trail there are several beautiful views to the west of Kennedy Peak, Duncan Knob, and the Three Sisters Ridge just to the south. Also with 14 crossings of Jeremy's Run this hike can be a challenge in the spring when the water is at its highest level.

From the parking area start down the connector trail where it shortly joins the white blazed Appalachian Trail (AT). Continue downward on the white blazed AT and in 0.3 miles arrive at the intersection of the blue blazed Jeremy's Run Trail that continues downward.

Turn left remaining on the white blazed AT as it it climbs Blue Ridge. In 2.3 miles from the Jeremy's Run intersection arrive at the Blue Ridge high point, and a trail intersection that leads to the Thorton River Trail. Remain south/straight on the white blazed AT following the ridgeline for another 1.3 miles to the next intersection that leads to a Skyline Drive parking area. Again stay on the AT, and in 0.2 miles reach the four way intersection with the Neighbor Mountain Trail.

Turn right on the yellow blazed Neighbor Mountain Trail as it begins to gradually descend the Neighbor Mountain ridgeline. In 2.0 miles there are views of Three Sisters Ridge just to the south, then in another 0.9 miles views of Kennedy Peak and Duncan Knob across the valley to the west on the Massanutten Range.

The trail will now descend more steeply, making several switchbacks before arriving at Jeremy's Run in another 1.1 miles. Turn right upstream on the blue blazed Jeremy's Run Trail, and in 0.2 miles make the first of 14 stream crossings.

After crossing Jeremy's Run, continue on the blue blazed trail for 0.4 mile to the best waterfall on the hike, and on the opposite bank a large group campsite. Open campfires are not permitted in the SNP, but this is still one great camping spot at the top of a beautiful set of falls.

After passing the falls, the Jeremy's Run Trail will continue for 4.3 miles crossing the stream 13 more times before arriving at the intersection of the Knob Mountain Cutoff Trail. Continue straight on the Jeremy's Run Trail as it now becomes steeper for the 0.8 miles back to the intersection of the white blazed AT, and where the Jeremy's Run Trail ends.

Remain straight/uphill on the now white blazed AT for the remaining 0.3 miles back to the parking area.

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Hiker Reviews For The Jeremy's Run Hike (5 Most Recent)
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By: Paula Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, August 23, 2015
This was the first time I hiked by myself in the SNP. In retrospect, as I walked through the woods I should have been singing or making noise because I knew, based on other reviews, and the scat on the trail, that black bears where in the area. As I rounded the bend in the trail after doing the 1st crossing on Jeremy's Run, I spotted a black bear headed right at me on the trail. It was about 40-50 feet in front of me, and did not notice me right away. This gave me time to back up, pull out my bear spray, and put some distance between us to see what it would do. It went into the Run to drink water, spotted me, and then ran up the embankment on the other side of the Run. After leaving the AT portion of this hike, I did not see another person until I got back to my car, so definitely keep in mind that you are hiking in bear country on this hike and either hike the trail with others, or sing or talk, if by yourself. The hike itself is not difficult...just a couple of moderately hard ascents, and much of the hike is on flat terrain. It is a beautiful hike, and I would do it again.

By: Ken D Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, August 15, 2015
Pretty good chance to see bears on this hike. Scat all along the AT portion and while walking about halfway through the Jeremy's Run trail I heard something very large fall into the run (which was out of sight). I suspect it was a bear but couldn't see anything at the next crossing. The real payoff came after the final crossing when the trail begins to climb a little more steeply. One couple had just seen a bear across the gully (to the left as you ascend) and about a 1/2 mile from the AT intersection Mama Yogi and her two little ones were hanging in a grass field (again to the left as you ascend). The hike itself is long but not difficult. Pretty smooth with only a couple of somewhat tiring uphill climbs early in the hike. The final push to the top is not bad at all. Interesting terrain throughout so I'd recommend this to day hikers looking to get mileage and solitude.

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, August 08, 2015
Did this as a two day one night trip. Started out from the parking area around 11:30am and made it to the waterfall camping area at Jeremy's Run by approximately 4pm. Didn't see many people on the trail but did see lots of bear scat. The most I've seen all spring/summer. I also had my first bear encounter on the AT section of the loop. A little fur ball cub was climbing down a tree about 15 yards off the trail. I didn't see mom but I also didn't hang around to meet her either.

There are plenty of camping areas once you get down to Jeremy's Run and they do fill up quickly. The run wasn't too high and we were able to make all the crossings without getting wet.

The views would be much better in the fall on the Neighbor Mountain section. It was also kind of eerie walking through the Neighbor Mt. wildfire area from two years ago. Lots of low lying shrubs and bushes are coming back but the tree have no leaves and are very charred in areas.

Started the hike out at approximately 8am the next day and made it back to the car by approximately 10:30am. Overall a very nice hike and would definitely recommend!


By: Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, July 18, 2015
Did this hike with 5 boy scouts this past weekend, as a conditioning hike for our 37 mile Philmont trek in New Mexico next month. This was a great shakedown hike for us. No bears spotted but plenty of bear scat along the trail. We did encounter a timber rattlesnake at one of the stream crossings between campsite #1 and campsite #2, so be careful. Streams were difficult to cross without stepping in the water. Rocks were slippery and the water was high enough to make it a challenge at nearly each crossing. We camped out in campsite #2, the one further North along Jeremy's Run. Bathed in Jeremy's Run on Saturday night, which was an amazing experience. Water was cold at first but not unbearable once the body got used to it. Saw a fair amount of other hikers/joggers but I would not say this trail was heavily populated. Overall an amazing trek. With 8 in our group we left the Elkwallow parking area around 11 on Saturday, got to camping area #2 by 5PM. We left the camping area at 8 the next morning and were back to the parking lot by 11am. Not the swiftest pace but we were dealing with some foot problems with one of our hikers which caused us to stop more times than we would have liked.

By: MarshMudMan Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, April 18, 2015
I did this loop as part of a two-day backpacking trip although it would also make a nice day hike. I parked at the Neighbor Mt. parking area and started the loop by heading north on the Appalachian Trail before heading down the Jeremy's Run Trail. There wasn't much green on the trees up along the ridge but spring was obviously farther along as I got lower in elevation (more green on trees, more flowers). There are definitely a lot of stream crossings of Jeremy's Run and the water level seemed like it was somewhat higher than it would be later in the year. There were quite a few rocks that would have made nice stepping stones if the water was a bit lower. Having said that, I was able to make it across all the stream crossings without getting water in my boots (long legs + a hiking stick were both helpful in that respect). I camped down in the valley, a bit west of the final stream crossing. A cloudless sky and a new moon made for some beautiful star watching on Saturday night! The walk out of the valley up the Neighbor Mt. Trail started with a long uphill but it wasn't as bad as I had been expecting. Once reaching the top of Neighbor Mountain, the rest of the Neighbor Mt. Trail was easy walking. [After completing this loop, I hiked down the Hull School Trail and then up the Thornton River Trail, but I won't review that part of the hike here.] I really enjoyed the Jeremy's Run hike...nice variety of terrain and scenery, the fun of lots of stream crossings, not too many people (~18 on the Appalachian Trail, but only 8 hikers total (plus a few fishermen) on the Jeremy's Run and Neighbor Mt. Trails), and beautiful weather. I'll be back to do this one again.

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