A beautiful, runnable loop through Southern Shenandoah National Park on the Moormans River Trail, Appalachian Trail, and Riprap Trail, featuring two of the best swimming holes in the park. This is an annual fun run put on by the Charlottesville Area Trail Runners on Memorial Day weekend. It is named after Harry Landers who, in 2010, ran the last 6 miles with a broken collarbone. Now, that’s tough… and special!
From the trailhead, take the North Fork Moorman’s River Trail for 5.9 miles to the top of the ridge at Blackrock Gap and the intersection with Skyline Drive and the Appalachian Trail (AT). Turn left (south) on the AT for 2.4 miles to the Riprap Trail. Take a right onto the Riprap Trail and descend off the ridge, passing Chimney Rocks with excellent views to the west. After 3.7 miles, turn left onto Wildcat Ridge Trail and begin ascent back up the ridge. In 2.5 miles reach the AT, and turn right (south), for 2.25 miles to the Turk Gap Parking Area. Leave the AT on the Turk Branch Trail and drop off the ridge for 2.4 miles. Take a left on the South Fork Moorman’s River Trail and follow for 2.0 miles back to your car. In 0.5 miles is an excellent swimming hole down to the left, known locally as Blue Hole.