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.
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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Reviews For The Jeremy's Run Hike (5 Most Recent)
A group of 9 of us from Troop 894 in Annandale did Jeremy's run clockwise as a one night backpacking training hike for our upcoming Philmont trip. Everyone really enjoyed this outing. The hike along the AT was fairly easy - there are some rolling hills but the trail is in very good condition with very few rocks. The uphill portions are not too steep. We arrived at the waterfall on Jeremy's run in about 4 hrs. including stopping to put on our rain gear and 15 minutes later removing it. The campsite had lots of butterflies - they seemed to be everywhere.
Some of the views along the neighbor mountain trail are very nice but are probably a lot better in the fall when there are no leaves on the trees.
On Sunday we were out of camp a little after 0700. Those 14 crossings of Jeremy's run will definitely slow you down. The water was shallow enough to rock hop for most crossings but one misplaced step or slippery rock and it is immediately apparent that the water depth was "Boot Height Plus three inches". The hike back to Elkwallow is all up hill but like Saturday the trail was not too steep and you could keep up a brisk walking pace without getting winded.
This loop has definitely been added to our "to do again" list.
Date of Hike: Friday, May 17, 2013
This was my first trail hike at Shen, and overall, it was a great one. We saw five bears in the first two hours creekside, and found a fantastic campsite alongside a waterfall about 0.5 miles from the confluence of neighbor mt. trail and jeremys run trail. The climbs were tough, and the views were obstructed by dense fog, but still a good time.
Date of Hike: Saturday, April 13, 2013
This was a tough and strenuous hike for us. But we did it a little differently by hiking back on the Knob Mountain Trail, instead of the Jeremy's Run Trail. This eliminated most of the water crossings, which are a bit dicey this time of year. We started on the AT at Elkwallow Wayside and then picked up Neighbor Mountain Trail to Jeremy's Run Trail. We camped along Jeremy's Run just before the first stream crossing. The mileage to this point is about 9 miles. The next morning we hiked back to the Neighbor Mountain Junction and picked up the Knob Mountain Trail. Here we had to cross Jeremy's Run, but it was wadeable. After that, Knob Mountain Trail rises steeply, so be ready for a long, tough climb. It's a 3.3-mile climb to the top of Knob Mountain, and it was a challenge. This trail is listed as a Horse Trail on the NatGeo map. Now I know why. Once you arrive at the top, you can stop for lunch and a much-needed rest. After that, it is mostly downhill all the way - 2.2 miles. Near the bottom you connect with the Knob Mountain Cut-off Trail for the last 1.8 miles. Halfway down this trail you have to re-cross Jeremy's Run. There is a short climb at the end of the Cut-off trail, but it isn't long. This extends the length of the hike to 16.3 miles, which is a great length for a backpacking trip. Unless... you lose your camera along the way and have to backtrack a mile to find it. Take it from me, hang onto your gear!
Date of Hike: Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Note: Neighbor Mountain trail is now open again (as of 8/8/2012).
Overall, a nice, overnight circuit (or a pretty hefty day hike). The stream valley is nice, not spectacular in the summer, you can't see the mountains on either side at all. Saw one bear at the start of the Jeremy's Run trail, heard coyotes at night.
Did as an overnight, counter-clockwise, camped about 1/3 mile below the waterfall (where I had planned to camp, but, alas, occupied by the only other hikers I saw on a Wednesday in August). There are several other existing sites nearby, however, and I still found a nice site by the stream. The only downside of splitting this way is the that first day's hike is almost too easy (5 miles or so, downhill) leaving all the hard stuff for the second day, particularly the initial climb up Neighbor mountain, roughly 1,500 feet in about two miles. Note that there's also no water source once you leave the valley until just before Elkwallow.
Fire damage (from summer 2012) on Neighbor mountain isn't severe, and opens up the views a bit on the far ridge in general, it looked like only the undergrowth burned but in areas hot enough to kill the trees and thus leaves.
Date of Hike: Saturday, July 28, 2012
Just a FYI. The Neighbor Mountain Trail ( Yellow trail ) off the AT is closed due to fire.