Enjoy this hike in a series of pictures -
The trail meanders by the pleasant Ivy Creek.
View of the Big Run Wilderness from the trail - a great place to explore with many side trails and circuit hikes available (check the PATC map of the South Section of Shenandoah National Park)
Pinefield AT Hut is located in this section with campsites way up on the hillside and a good flowing stream.
Hightop AT Hut, another shelter in this section with plenty of campsites. The water flowed poorly back in early October, but now it's flowing quite well out of the pipe, thanks to the snowfall.
The summit of Hightop Mountain affords some of the best views in the southern section. Here I gaze toward the Shenandoah Valley and the Massanutten mountain range (which I hiked on the Massanutten South trail)
View from Hightop #2 - this time looking more south at the mountains I just walked and the mountains that lie in Shenandoah's southern section. You truly can see forever.
The finish at Swift Run Gap - a little chilly out but well worth it