Jarmans-Turk Mountain Loop

This is a Crozet classic!  17 miles and over 4000′ of elevation gain, this route takes you up the infamous Jarmans Gap Road, then into Shenandoah National Park with beautiful single track, mountain streams, the Appalachian Trail, and a 360-degree summit view from Turk Mountain.

  • Distance:  17.1 Miles
  • Total Elevation Gain:  4000ft
  • Total Elevation Loss:  4000ft
  • Start/Finish:  Parking is at the bottom of the gravel portion of Jarmans Gap Road, right near Chiles Peach Orchard in Crozet (Open in Google Maps)  Note: Parking is limited here – there are just a few spots on the side of the road.
  • Directions:
    • From your car, head 2.9 miles up the gravel Jarmans Gap Road – you will gain 1600 ft on this climb
    • At the top, continue straight as the gravel road turns into a dirt jeep road and heads downhill.  Follow this for 0.5 miles to the intersection with the Appalachian Trail
    • Turn RIGHT/NORTH on the AT.  Go for 0.25 miles to the intersection with the South Fork Moormons River Rd.
    • Turn RIGHT/downhill on the South Fork Moormons River Road and go for 1.8 miles to the intersection of Turk Branch Trail on your left
    • Turn LEFT onto Turk Branch Trail and climb for 2.5 miles (~1150 ft climb) to the Turk Gap Parking area off Skyline Drive.
    • Cross over both lanes of Skyline Drive and get on the AT headed SOUTH.  Go for 0.2 miles to the intersection with Turk Mountain Trail on your right
    • Turn RIGHT on Turk Mountain Trail and travel 1.0 miles to Turk Mountain Summit.
    • Turn around, head back to the AT intersection and turn RIGHT/SOUTH on the Appalachian Trail.   Stay on the AT for 3.6 miles to the intersection with the Jarmans dirt jeep road.
    • Turn LEFT/Uphill to get back to the top of the gravel Jarmans Gap Road.  Descend back down Jarmans to your car.

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