Mile 2.63 - The structure that is still standing is newer, with the Snead Farm ruins now no more than a foundation on the left side of the access road. Look for a narrow unmarked trail that leads off the road to the Snead Farm Loop Trail marker. Turn left downhill on the trail where it soon turns right to the south. Follow the Snead Farm Loop Trail for 0.72 miles to the ridge and intersection of the Dickey Ridge Trail.
Fun hike. The trail is extremely smooth and the incline is not too steep.
Would recommend for a short day hike, but views are not all that spectacular and it is a bit bland.
Date of Hike: Friday, December 1, 2017
Great, short, easy hike. Some continuous uphill, but it is not strenuous. The vista is really beautiful, especially near sunset. Also, exploring around the FAA transmission tower was pretty neat. Dogs are not allowed on the Fox Hollow trail so we skipped that part.
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 18, 2017
We actually split this hike and did each section on back to back weekends. We used Fox Hollow as a warm up after some foot surgery, just to make sure things were okay, then came back for the Snead Farm/Dickey Hill loop. Both loops are great and the view from Dickey Hill was wonderful on a 70 degree, sunny day in February! easy enough for families with kids.
Date of Hike: Monday, October 3, 2016
This hike has a lot of nice elements. In terms of difficulty, I would rate it a hard 2. The short Fox Hollow loop is a pleasant warmup for the steady ascent up the Dickey Ridge trail. The trails are well marked, so navigation isn't a problem. There is really just one major overlook, but it is jaw-dropping. Along the way, the Fox Family Cemetery and Snead Farm ruins add color to the journey. Would definitely do this one again.