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14.7 mls
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6.5 hours plus a half hour for lunch
2,620 ft
Shenandoah National Park
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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: Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, April 08, 2017
Led a group of 5 hikers here on a sunny, albeit, windy, April Saturday. We arrived at the trailhead around 10:40 AM and there were not many cars in the parking area.

We followed the loop outlined on the map to the tee. The quick descent from the parking area down to connecting with the Appalachian Trail [AT] (White blaze) was a good way to begin the hike. However, the ascent up the AT for about 1.5 miles definitely got the blood flowing. The AT flatlined for another 2 miles until there was a gradual increase in elevation towards the end.

Next, we connected on the Neighbor Mountain Trail (Yellow blaze), which started moderately strenuous, with okay views to the South. However, the views of the valley were much better as we got further along the trail. Exceptional views of George Washington National Forest and the valley about halfway on this trail. There must have been a fire here recently since there were many burned and cut-down trees.

We made our way down to end of Neighbor Mountain Trail after several switchbacks and lengthy turns and had a late lunch at the start of Jeremy's Run trail (Light Blue blaze). Little did we know that the 14 stream crossings were going to be significantly challenging that day since it rained on Thursday and Friday.

Each stream crossing presented their own unique challenges and we likened them to complex puzzles. In most instances, the stream had certain 2 to 3 feet deep areas that we were concerned with falling into. Fortunately, there were enough unsubmerged rocks and fallen trees to finagle our way through each crossing.

The stream crossings took us longer (3.5 hours) than anticipated (2.5 hours) and am grateful that there was a small group of us. All of us had wet boots and socks. I found out my smart phone wasn’t waterproof after attempting to throw my backpack across one of the streams only for it to hit the ledge and fall into the water.

The ascent to close out Jeremy’s Run trail and reconnect with the AT in order to get back to the parking area was a feeling of accomplishment. This was one of the most enduring, challenging, and fun hikes that I have been in the Shenandoah (outside of Old Rag). This would be a perfect hike in a few weeks when all the leaves are out or in the Fall when the foliage is at its peak.


By: Rob Rating: Date of Hike: Wednesday, September 28, 2016
As I took to the hike for an overnighter mid week, I had the trail all to myself. I went clockwise along Neighbor Mtn, seeing 4 bears that first day. One of the bears, a juvenile, was asleep between two trees approx. 30 yards off the side of the trail on the downward side of the mountain. I woke him up purposefully and we had a stare off until he decided to go back to sleep and I went on my way. I spent the night at the waterfall on Jeremys Run which was a beautiful, secluded site. The stream had a steady flow of water but was shallow throughout. I brought a fishing pole, but in late summer there were only 1-3 inch trout remaining in the small pools. Day two I continued on Jeremys Run and ran across 2 additional bears and a large red fox. I was moving slow and deliberately throughout my travel as to see more wildlife and out of the 6 bear, only 2 had seen me. The hike on day two throughout Jeremy's Run was beautiful and fun to follow the river throughout nearly the entire day. When I finished at Elk Wallow I was delighted to find incredibly well priced beer in the general store and a great selection.

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Hiked this with my husband and two friends, and their dog. Good hike with a varied terrain that keeps it interesting. This time the creek was very low and the stream crossings were very easy and minimal. Camped along the beginning of Jeremy's run, as some folks had started to camp at the group site before we arrived for the evening. Saw a bear on neighbor mountain and a bear with two cubs along Jeremy's run.

Difficulty is accurate but I think we would have been much slower on day two if the stream crossings proved more difficult.


By: Rating: Date of Hike: Friday, July 01, 2016
I enjoyed this hike very much. I'd never hiked more than 10 miles at once before but, encouraged by the reviews, I gave this a shot. As others found, it wasn't that bad. The route is in overall good condition. The steepness of the Jeremy's Run segment, in particular, didn't bother me as much as I had feared the last couple of miles turn quite rocky, and the last mile gives you a kick in upward slope, as you can see from the elevation profile. Saw a box turtle in the middle of the Neighbor Mountain trail (thought they'd be closer to water). No problem crossing the various streams, but I hiked after a dry spell I was glad to have have the assist of my hiking poles. Saw seven others including a couple looking to do some fishing walking down Jeremy's Run from the Elk Wallow way station -- told them it didn't look to me like there was any fishing to speak of, at least on the segment I hiked.

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Did this as an overnight. The first part of the hike this time of year is under a tree canopy, which really cuts down on the sun, which is nice. Be aware that when you get to the Neighbor Mountain section, there was an older burn and the trees haven't fully recovered and it is more exposed. On that same section there were lots of blueberry bushes almost ripe, be careful going through this section, as the berries will almost certainly attract bears. When we were getting our backcountry permit, the ranger warned the water crossing might be high due to the amount of rain that had fallen over the past couple of days. However, we were able to maneuver all of the water crossing without really getting our feet wet. The camping area near the waterfall is as described and there are multiple spots back there, so don't be discouraged if someone has already set up camp right next to the waterfall. Saw one bear on our second day, which capped off a great weekend trip.

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