Turk Mountain

  • Highlights: Views, wildlife, Shenandoah National Park
  • Distance:  2.2 mile out and back
  • Elevation change: 690 feet
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Trailhead Parking: Turk Gap Parking Area, Skyline Drive mile 94.1
  • Website: Shenandoah National Park
  • Beer Pairings: Wild Wolf Brewery, Primal Instinct IPA & Nelsonite brown ale

The Hike:

This is a fun, easy hike with great views from the Ridgeline and summit. From the parking area, cross Skyline Drive and take a left on the Appalachian Trail. Note, the TurkGap Trail is to the right; make sure you stay left on the AT to Turk Mountain. Head south on the AT for .2 miles and at this junction turn right on the Turk Mountain Trail.

Pass through a rock field and 1.1 miles the trail will turn sharply to the right as you continue to climb. Large boulders will be on your left with views to the south. The trail continues to the right and passes more large boulders before reaching the rocky summit. 

The views of the Shenandoah Valley below, the Allegheny Mountains, and George Washington Forest are some of the best in the park. A talus slope (a pile of rocks that accumulates at the base of an incline or slope) below is one of many in the park. Take in the views, enjoy a snack, and retrace your steps to return to your vehicle. 

Hike Photos:

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Beer Pairing:

Wild Wolf Brewing in nearby Nellysford VA has a nice outdoor area with good food and beer. Its a great place to stop after a day of hiking in Shenandoah. Kathy likes the Primal Instinct IPA made with five types of hops including Cascade which they grow on site. With 95 IBUs it is very hoppy with a nice finish. We also liked Nelsonite, a medium-bodied brown ale. It’s nicely mailed with roasted nut and toffee flavors.

Hike and drink responsibly. Never drink and drive. Stay safe and be responsible.