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)
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.
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.
Date of Hike: Friday, June 10, 2016
Beautiful hike. Though long, the hike itself is not that strenuous - a 4/6 rating is accurate. The AT has the most changes in inclines/declines but after that it evens out with one final uphill at the end. Another hike with a bit of everything on a perfect hiking weather day. Solitude rating is accurate. On the AT, I passed about 25 people. On the yellow only five, and on the blue just one toward the end - a really super nice guy just enjoying his day off to fish in the run. The run was low today, making the crossings very easy, but be careful if it has been raining as it will definitely add to the time and difficulty. I completed this in 6 hours with a good pace and a few breaks. Spotted many squirrels, birds, and chipmunks (SO cute), and one brown water snake (not poisonous). One thing - the bugs on this hike right now are crazy because of the proximity to the water for a good part if it - many gnats, biting flies, mosquitoes, spider webs, and TICKS, so bring the repellent. I use a homemade mixture of geranium oil and peppermint on myself and my dog to keep the ticks at bay and it works very well - just FYI. :)
Date of Hike: Friday, October 23, 2015
Had a wonderful time on this hike on a beautiful fall day. The Neighbor Mountain Trail down towards Jeremy's Run was my favorite section -- some really nice views. I was amazed that I didn't see another soul until I was 13 miles into the hike. The trails were easy to follow, even though the ground was covered by fallen leaves. Some of the blazes on the AT section could use freshening, and there could have been a few more blazes on the Jeremy's Run section to reassure me that I was still on track, but there really weren't very many places that I was questioning whether I was still on the right path. The distance and elevation gain were very manageable for me (52 year old female who has only been hiking for a couple of years), but I did find the 14 stream crossings a bit of a challenge. Rock hopping is not my forte, so I was very happy that I had brought my trekking poles and that it was the dry season. I definitely wouldn't want to do this hike with the springtime snow melt or after a rainstorm. I also saw my first bear -- on the access trail back to the parking lot after finishing the loop. I didn't notice him until I head the crashing sound of him running away from me. He stopped and looked back at me, giving me a good view of his face, but then continued on. It was nice that with all of the dry leaves on the trail I certainly wasn't going to sneak up on any wildlife! I would definitely do this hike again.
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.