Pocosin Mission Trail

, VA
Length: 2.20 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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The Pocosin Mission Trail is a short trail off Skyline Drive to the ruins of the building from the Pocosin Mission. The trail follows a fire road, and is very wide and mostly gravel/packed dirt.

From the parking lot, cross the gate and begin on the fire road. After the first .1 mile cross an intersection with the Appalachian Trail, and at .2 miles the trail curves beneath the Pocosin Cabin, a primitive cabin available for rent through the Potomac Appalachian Trail club. If the cabin is unoccupied the picnic table on the porch is a nice spot to stop for a snack and take in the eastern views.

Past the cabin the trail crosses a seasonal stream, then descends for the remaining .8 miles to the intersection with the South River fire road, and the ruins of an old Episcopal mission.

Here you can (carefully) explore the ruins, including the remains of the church and old cemetery, but beware the fragility of the structure and broken glass on the ground, and keep in mind that it is illegal to remove artifacts from National Park property.

To complete the Pocosin trail retrace your steps back to the car for a total distance of 2.2 miles.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 450 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception None
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Mud Puddles, Shaded Hike, and Viewpoint

The highlight of this trail is the ruins of the Mission home, and the Pocosin Cabin if nobody has it currently rented. There is a beautiful eastern view from the porch of the cabin, and the ruins themselves offer a chance for learning, and some natural play, provided kids stay away from playing in the wooden structure.

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Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $25.00

The trailhead is inside Shenandoah National Park, which has a $25 per vehicle fee. Annual passes to Shenandoah may be purchased at the Skyline Drive toll stations for $55, or the American the Beautiful annual National Parks Pass will also allow entry into the park.

Trail Contributor

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I am the Branch Ambassador for Hike It Baby Chattanooga. A native of Richmond, VA, I spent most of my adolescence and early adulthood hiking and camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and once my children were born started taking them on adventures with me! I am a portrait photographer and freelance writer, trying to hike my way through all the trails southeastern Tennessee has to offer.


Trail Map

Getting There

The parking lot is located at mile 59.5 off Skyline Drive. Pay close attention to the mile posts as the gravel road leading to the parking lot is not marked and easy to miss.