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.
Great little hike! The climb on the way to Dickey Hill coming late in the hike makes this are harder 2 in terms of difficulty, but the gorgeous vista to the west comes soon after. Trails were in good shape, but the middle section of the Dickey Ridge Trail between the Fox Hollow Loop and Snead Farm Loop were a bit overgrown with wild raspberry brambles and long sleeves and pants made it easier to brush by the thorns.
We came across a black bear there snacking on the berries on our return part of the loop, but he fled when we started shouting and clapping. Signs posted at the trailhead (which said it was the Fox Hollow Loop, so it took us a second to figure out we were at the right trailhead) indicated that there is a bear in the area that is aggressive to dogs.
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 29, 2018
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.