VHTRC Guide to Local Trails

Sophie's Death March

This is a modified version of Vicki’s Death March, starting at the Whiteoak Canyon Trailhead off of Weakley Hollow Road.

This clockwise loop starts at the Whiteoak Canyon Trailhead off of Weakley Hollow Road. Begin with a 5.7 mile climb to the summit of Hawksbill, the highest point in Shenandoah National Park. From there it’s 4.6 miles of smooth ridge running on the Appalachian Trail (AT) northbound to Skyland, where a snack bar is available in season for food and drink. Continue north on the AT past Stony Man to Corbin Cabin Cutoff (mile 14.4). Leave the AT, cross Skyline Drive, and descend into Nicholson Hollow. At State Route 600 (paved, mile 19.6), take a right and join Weakley Hollow Fire Road at the Old Rag Trailhead. Follow this and the Berry Hollow Fire Road back to Whiteoak Canyon. Numerous fire roads and other trails offer shortcuts, particularly from Skyland or Corbin Cabin.


What you do is up to you, but you shouldn't rely on these directions alone; they are often not specific enough to navigate by, and may be incorrect or out of date. Review a map beforehand and carry it with you. Tell a friend where you are going and when you plan to return. Do not count on having cell phone service while on the run. The VHTRC is not responsible for your welfare on any of these runs. If you go on one of these runs and get lost, run out of water, get injured, mauled by a bear, or die, or if anything else goes wrong, it's your fault; not ours. You assume all risks here and the VHTRC assumes none at all. Legal issues aside, some of these runs are more remote than others and the VHTRC is not suggesting that you do any of these runs, unless you are prepared to accept full responsibility for yourself.