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Length Difficulty Streams Views Solitude Camping
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: nort Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Did the loop as described. With the leaves down there were many good views along the ridge. There are also plenty of places to camp up there before descending. The Run itself was pretty low so the crossings were easy but filtering water was no problem. There are camp sites all along the water. Beautiful hike.

By: Ash Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, October 22, 2017
I just did this hike twice in a little over a month and loved it both times. I first hiked it in early Sept 2017 and really enjoyed the trail variety. You hike under canopy, on ridges with views, next to flowing streams - this loop has a lot to offer. I decided to go back when some color was on the trees and I wasn't disappointed. The Autumn colors make this hike even better. The water is low now due to the lack of rain in the area so all of the stream crossings were very easy. However, there was enough water to hear sounds now and then. I plan to go back in Winter and Spring to see how this route is in the various seasons. I love the length for a day hike I spent 6 hours completing the loop in Sept complete with taking pictures. This time I did it in under 4 hours, albeit I was trail running all the downhill and power hiking the climbs so it's not a typical hiking pace - it definitely wasn't a leisurely pace for me, but it I loved it!.

By: Kathy Rating: Date of Hike: Wednesday, August 16, 2017
My friend and I loved this hike. Although it has been a wet summer, the stream was easy to cross. I liked how the trail stayed close to the stream for most of the distance in the valley. We saw quite a number of wildflowers along the trail and many mushrooms. We made the hike about 4 miles shorter by starting at the Neighbor Mountain trailhead, after leaving one car at the Elkwallow parking lot.

By: MarshMudMan Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, May 14, 2017
Jeremy's Run is really flowing and it is probably impossible to do this hike right now without getting absolutely soaked on the stream crossings. We started at Elkwallow Picnic Area and, instead of following the directions listed here, chose to do the Knob Mountain trail (instead of AT and Neighbor Mt.) before making our way up Jeremy's Run back to the car. The Knob Mountain trail was nice, easy walking once we got up to the ridgeline. Unfortunately, there were no good views from Knob Mountain but sometimes walking in the woods with a friend is its own reward. The fun really started after we descended from Knob Mt. and reached Jeremy's Run. As I said above, the river was roaring. At the first stream crossing we came to, the water was deeper than my knees – I'm 6'3" – and threatened to push us downstream. Fortunately, nobody fell in there or on any of the other 14 stream crossings. Only one crossing had a conveniently-located fallen tree but that didn't really matter once we were soaked from the first crossing, it was easy to just wade into the water to get to the other side. We certainly couldn't get any wetter. It was a blast!

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.

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