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Onemile Run – Shenandoah National Park – South District

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Length Difficulty Streams Views Solitude Camping
7.9 mls
Hiking Time:
Elev. Gain:
4.5 hours including 30 minutes for breaks
1,600 ft
Shenandoah National Park
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Park at Twomile Run Overlook on the Skyline Drive. 38.29822, -78.64928

By Trail Contributor: Jeff Monroe

If Shenandoah National Park maintained a list of park trails ranked by the number of hikers who travel them, the Onemile Run Trail would very likely be at the bottom of the list - among the least hiked trails in the park.  Several factors contribute to the lack of use on this trail. The best view on the entire hike is from your car before you even start the hike. Additionally, this hike is not part of a loop, but requires an out and back hike, as there is no public access from outside of the park. And it is in the Southern District of the Park, which is less utilized than the Central or Northern Districts.  Therefore, unless you hike with a group, you are less likely to see other users than on nearly any trail in the Park.

But there are great reasons to check this trail out! If you are looking for a beautiful hike with few other hikers and lots of stream crossings, or if you would like to backpack into an area that is more pristine than the more popular Big Run drainage just to the south, or if you would like to see a healthy stand of hemlocks, check this trail out.  (Remember that SNP backcountry regulations prohibit campfires or camping within 10 yards of a stream or 20 yards from a park trail). Along this hike, there is near constant evidence of the April, 2016 fire that raged through this part of the park.

Because of the number of stream crossings, do not attempt this trail after unusually wet periods. And if you do camp, be sure to check for “widowmakers” when placing a tent: trees that are weakened or dead and could flatten your tent overnight!

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Hiker Reviews For The Onemile Run Hike (5 Most Recent)
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By: Jane Ruppe Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, May 8, 2016
My husband was the trail maintainer for the Onemile Run Trail until he got ALS ( Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) in 2008. Even after his diagnosis he continued to try to do trail maintenance and one day fell at a stream crossing and knew then he had to give it up. He loved it and had a favorite spot just off the trail by a spring. Some of his ashes are scattered there. There was quite a bit of fire damage in the 2016 fire but his favorite tree, a Table Mountain Pine which has a branch that arcs over the trail, survived the fire.

By: Tim D Rating: Date of Hike: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Did this exact hike back in 2015 before the fire. Made camp about two thirds of the way in, during a long weekend of hitting all kinds of side trails. I think we had come up from rocky Mount that morning. A few of the stream crossings that spring were really rolling so we had to take our shoes off and roll up our pants. The last one before the park boundary was 5 deep so we skipped it and never made it to the gate... but a rear trail and very clearly skipped by most hikers.

Late January
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