Thompson Wildlife Management Area Loop

September 16, 2013

GPS Watch and Maps

For Father’s Day, my wife gave me a really neat watch. It’s a Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Watch that lets you make maps and elevation profiles of your travels (see below). If you like making maps, I definitely recommend this watch.

G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area Loop

I took the watch on a recent trail run we did in the G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area near Linden, Virginia. This is a two mile loop that is fairly run-able and not too rocky for the most part. I noticed a relatively new sign at the trailhead that you are supposed to have a daily access permit, hunting license, or fishing license to access the property.

It’s September now, but the areas near the trailhead are awesome for trillium during early May.

Following the trail from the trailhead, it’s not far until another trail branches off to the left. Taking this trail, it meets up with a jeep-type trail after a short distance. Turning right onto this trail will bring you to the Appalachian Trail which you will follow south. After passing the Manassas Gap Shelter on the Appalachian Trail, a trail branches off on the right to take you back up to the trailhead.

Thompson Wildlife Management Area Trailhead

Thompson Wildlife Management Area Trailhead

Loop Route

Loop Route

Satellite View

Satellite View

Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile

Fox Meadow Winery

Finally, if you’re not too sweaty after a hike or run, you might want to stop in Fox Meadow Winery for their wines and views ($6 tasting fee). I was pretty sweaty but went anyway and no one seemed to mind…

View from Fox Meadow Winery

View from Fox Meadow Winery

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