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4.5 mls
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3 hours plus a half hour for lunch
1,240 ft
Shenandoah National Park
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Parking Skyline Drive. 38.61569, -78.35037

The Corbin Cabin hike provides a wonderful look at of some of the most diverse areas in the park. Starting on Skyline Drive ridge you hike along the Appalachian Trail for a short distance before descending to the Corbin Cabin area getting a glimpse of how the settlers lived here many years ago.

Another hike to Corbin Cabin is also available from the bottom of the valley on the Nicholson Hollow hike

Start by turning left on the white-blazed Appalachian Trail on the ridgeline for 0.7 miles before coming to the intersection of the Crusher Ridge Trail.

Turn left on the blue-blazed Crusher Ridge Trail for 0.1 miles where you turn left again on the Nicholson Hollow Trail as it intersects Skyline Drive in another 50 yards.

Cross Skyline Drive and turn left and walk along the edge of the road for 100 yards to the Nicholson Hollow Trail post. Be careful as traffic can be quite heavy.

Turn right descending the Nicholson Hollow Trail for 1.8 miles as it loops back to the right and descends the valley past a small spring before coming to the intersection of the Indian Run Trail that comes in from the right. Continue straight crossing Indian Run and arriving at the Corbin Cabin area in another 0.2 miles from the last intersection.

At this point you will begin the ascent.

Cross Hughes River at the Corbin Cabin Cutoff Trail marker, which is 10 yards past Corbin Cabin, and begin the ascent on the Corbin Cabin Cutoff Trail.

After 0.1 miles there is a small side trail that leads in 50 yards to an old cemetery. In 0.5 miles the Corbin Cabin Cutoff Trail switches back to the left and becomes steeper for the final 0.9 miles back to Skyline Drive and the parking area.

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Hiker Reviews For The Corbin Cabin Hike (5 Most Recent)
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By: Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, July 20, 2019
My Grandfather and Grandmother helped maintain the Corbin Cabin trail and Nicolson Hollow Trails along with the cabin through the PATC from approximately the mid-1970's to early 1990's. This was one of their favorite places, and on the hike this day we scattered some of my Grandfather's ashes in the woods above Corbin Cabin and held a small memorial service with my cousin's family.

The trail is well maintained and the hike was uneventful although very hot and muggy for this northern Californian. It's a real treat to come down the trail and reach the stream bed where you can dip your toes and get some welcome refreshing cool water before continuing on a hot day.

By: Jenna Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, July 28, 2018
Hiking down to the cabin is beautiful and especially cool when you get to the part where you see the cabin up in front of you past the stream you need to cross. The rest of the hike back up to Skyline on Nicholson is pretty uneventful. If I were to do this again I would just hike to Corbin Cabin from the Cutoff trail and then back again instead of the loop.

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Thursday, January 25, 2018
George T. Corbin, the builder of the cabin (cir 1909), was interviewed in 1966 as a part of the Shenandoah National Park Oral History Collection. The transcript is found at http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/snp/96/ and is well worth your time.

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, November 15, 2015
A great day for this hike, particularly since the leaves were off the trees. Spoke with two couples who had overnight-ed at the cabin. The next day I located online an audio file and transcript of the interview of George T. Corbin that occurred in 1966 (http://mdid.cit.jmu.edu/snp/interview/SNP032/). He discussed his building of the cabin for his family in 1909 and their life there until the property was lost to the NPS in the 1930s. Moonshining, the growing of crops, a local homicide and the death of his second wife during child-birth is discussed. He also discussed the nearby cemetery that contains the remains of approximately 25 people and his placing of a wire gate at its location many years earlier. I found the wire gate, the cemetery and a stone that includes the crudely inscribed inscription of "April 29, 1898" and a name that was not clearly legible. There is evidence of sunken ground in the area that is consistent with burial sites. The cemetery is located approximately 0.10 mile from the cabin on the Corbin Cabin Cutoff Trail at N38 36.218' W78 20.624'. The trail is not distinctive and you will see the wire gate leaning against a tree as you move uphill approximately 20 yards from the referenced coordinates.

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, November 15, 2015
We combine this hike with another nearby trail. It is usually a great "walk in the woods." Not strenuous but pleasant and long. This day, however, the deep, dry leaves made footing really treacherous from the road down to the cabin. Felt like we were skiing on leaves. At times, the leaves were knee-high. Had to sort of shuffle through them because you couldn't see what was under/ahead of your feet. Kind of amazing that we didn't sprain ankles or twist knees. We were super-careful. Took us 1 hr 45 minutes to hike the 1.9 miles from the marker where Corbin trail goes straight and the Corbin Cabin trail goes off to the left, due to the slippery footing. From Corbin Cabin down to stream crossing and then down to road it wasn't bad. It was just that stretch from the start of the Corbin Cabin trail to just above the cabin itself.

Ordinarily one of our favorite hikes but yesterday, the stress on that section sort of marred it.

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