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Day Hikes around Beagle Gap || Shenandoah National Park

Editor's note: This article was originally published in May 2017 and has been updated in January 2023 for accuracy and comprehensiveness. Near-perfect conditions will be how I remember this day in early April. The view was clear down to the Shenandoah Valley, and you could see back to Charlottesville, Virginia. This was a daughter and Dad day hike and she had asked to keep it shorter than the Doyle River Loop we did back in October. My plan was to enter the park from the South District and drive north around 5-7 miles, this would put us at Beagle Gap. From there we would be able to complete two short day hikes. We would be able to return to our vehicle, drop off or pick up gear that we might need between hikes, and also use the port-a-pots if needed. So, Beagle Gap ends up being a perfect trailhead location that gets us on the trail and not spending a lot of time driving up the Parkway to get to a trailhead. Beagle Gap sits between Bear Den Mountain and Little Calf Mountain. W

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