Peters Mill Run

Edinburg, Virginia (Shenandoah County)

Last Updated: 05/07/2018
4.4 / 5 ( 7 reviews )
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Status: Seasonal Closure
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 8.3 miles
Highest Elevation: 1737 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Edinburg
Nearest Town w/ Services: Edinburg
Official Road Name: None
Management Agency: Lee Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Peters Mill Run
Peters Mill is situated atop Massanutten Mountain east of Edinburg, Virginia in the George Washington National Forest. The trail is easy to access and easy to negotiate for an afternoon drive through the forest. The vegetation is dense, but there are pull-offs which afford wide panoramic views. These views are especially remarkable on a clear day. Additional activities nearby include hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and floating on the Shenandoah River. The Tasker's Gap ATV Complex is south of Edinburg Gap, and features miles of ATV/UTV trails for recreational riding. This trail has been added to the Jeep Badge of Honor! So come get your badge!

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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is on the north side of SR 675, opposite the parking lot at Taskers Gap OHV Area. It starts with a gentle hill climb.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 38.789148, -78.519309
From Edinburg, Virginia: Take exit 279 off I-81. Turn east on State Road (SR) 675. In the center of Edinburg (T-intersection), turn left onto US Highway 11. At the north end of Edinburg, turn right onto SR 675. Follow SR 675 to the top of Massanutten Mountain at Edinburg Gap. Tasker's Gap ATV Complex is on your right (south) and Peters Mill Run is on your left (north).

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Land Use Issues

Peters Mill Run is closed seasonally each winter. Dates are posted on the US Forest Service website. Lee Ranger District: 540-984-4101

Trail Reviews (10)

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Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Peters Mill is best travel North to South. The entrance has a gravel area to air down and disconnect. Then there is an area with a small posing rock. Further down the trail past the lake on the left is huge open area for a lunch break and then continue down the trail to the exit. If you are in this area, stop by the Meems Covered Bridge for a photo up and also is a good place to air up and reconnect (Located on RT11).

Author:
Status: Open
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Rating:
Great beginner trail. Stock vehicles will need 4wd in a few places, but if it's dry you can probably do it all in 2wd if you pick the right lines. Some rocky sections, but nothing too big and still very easy to navigate. Some decent views and a few ponds. Free camping just south of trailhead as well. Only took 1 start away due to how easy this trail was.

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Status: Open
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This was my first off road trail adventure. It was a lot of fun and not too hard, made it through with my stock jeep on all terrain tires, I did use my 4x4 because the trail was pretty rocky. I went on a Wednesday afternoon and I only encountered 2 other jeeps. This is really close to DC, only a bout an hour and a half drive ( including getting lost once) I will definetly be going back!

Author:
Status: Open
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Group of 4 of us went down to run this Jeep Badge of Honor Trail. Extremely easy trail we did it in 2 wheel drive but dont let the ease of this trail discourage you though. We traveled 7 hours to do this trail and it was well worth it for the views through the forest. The tree leaves where changing so it made for great scenery. The trail head has changed it is no longer at the campgrounds you have to go past those and up the road to the top of the hill.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Enjoyable day with the family. Frustrating because the "easy" way to get there was closed so it resulted in quite the trip around. Quite a bit of traffic, but no issues passing or anyone acting foolish. Overall had a great time that Saturday afternoon.

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Status: Open
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I live in NOVA and this is my go to trail to clear my head. When you want to get out of the city and feel dirt under your tires this is the closest and place. From DC it’s less than an hour and a half. Either direction it’s a fun run. There’s only a small stretch at the southern end that isn’t great for passing. In the summer you will get some pin striping from brush. Little Fort Recreation Area is a clean, first come first serve, free campground. Downers. On weekends trail will be very busy. On holidays stay away. Seriously. It’s a day of waiting to go around people. Camp ground can get rowdy on holiday weekends. It’s close to DC so there’s a lot more traffic through it. On weekdays and nights it’s a 5 star. Because of the crowds and proximity to a major city I give it three at best. But I go all the time. It’s worth a shot. Especially on a Monday afternoon.

Author:
Status: Open
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Completed the trail on Tuesday, April 16. It was a nice day and we were the only Jeep on the trail. Started from the South side of the trail. Completed trail within 2 hours with Stock 2017 Wrangler running Duratrac tires. 4x4 was used because is was very rocky in areas, but the scenery was great and the trail was just right for being my first trail towards my trail badge.

Author:
Status: Open
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So we just got done with the trail. I made it through with a stock jeep cheroke on all season tires. It is a little washed out and very rocky. I would definitely be sure to bring a friend to help get through a couple spots. Also be sure to have 4x4 it is needed.

Author:
Status: Open
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Did this trail on 7/29. Trail is in great shape as Scott mentioned below. Pretty easy for a stock vehicle. Not a lot of traffic on Sunday, just a few ATV's and a group of 5 tacoma's. Its a perfect trail to gain confidence in off roading.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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The trail is in great shape ! I saw several wheelers enjoying the great day, and everyone was polite. Passing was not a problem at all. The views were amazing as the trees are still leaf bare. I would recommend getting up there quickly to get these early season views.

Questions & Answers (3)

Q: I have a stock 2015 Subaru Crosstrek. Any reason this would be a bad idea with this vehicle? I'll be with a friend who drives an Toyota FJ Cruiser. Thanks!
–Jimmy (11/27/2018)
–Scott Coleman (11/28/2018)
–Jimmy (11/28/2018)
–Scott Coleman (11/27/2018)
–Scott Coleman (11/27/2018)
Q: I have stock 2018 JLU wrangler sport with 35" tires, I am thinking of doing this trail all by myself. Is this trail safe and easy enough to be done alone or its a bad idea? I am not experienced 4wd person but did my 101 class at rausch creek a month back.
–Ash (07/26/2018)
–Ash (07/27/2018)
–Scott Coleman (07/27/2018)
Q: Stock Liberty w/all season i.e. not A/T tires OK here? thjanks
–Larry Smith (07/06/2018)
–Larry Smith (07/06/2018)
–Scott Coleman (07/06/2018)

Writer Information

Scott Coleman

Mapping Crew - Virginia

Born in Charlottesville Va, his youth was spent exploring the Shenandoah Mountains. After a career in the U.S. Marine corps he returned to the mountains of Virginian and the trails were calling his name. He has hiked, biked and wheeled any trail allowed and has a deep passion for off roading. Through Trails off road, he is excited to map the trails so every one can enjoy the awesome trails Virginia has to offer.
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