Rice Fields Shelter, VA

This was an enjoyable, moderate 5 mile out and back hike on the Appalachian Trail with an elevation gain of 1200 Ft. I hiked it with my brother, niece and their sweet dog Autumn on Sunday 10/17/2021. It was a beautiful fall day. We started with mostly green leaves but fall asserted itself with every step up. Suddenly the AT put on a true festival of color.

The trail angles up until reaching a flat top where the shelter stands. The trail is well marked and not technical despite the uphill slant, tree roots, and a few downed trees. We stopped at the top to admire the scenery before turning around though the AT continued on. The scenery on top is stunning. My brother indicated that we were looking over West Virginia from there.

We ran into a handful of day hiker groups and a few through hikers so it is not a very popular trail. Parking is very limited on the side of the road. There is room for three or four cars.

I highly recommend this trail. It is beautiful and the vistas are amazing.


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