Blackburn Trail Center

During Rental Season:
An atypical rental, Blackburn Trail Center is available for rent from November through March, but is otherwise reserved for hikers and trail maintenance crews. During that time, a Caretaker stays on the property. While the capacity is 15, the trail center can accommodate up to 22. There is a $6 per night charge for each person over 15 people. The center offers electricity with a full kitchen and dishwasher, but no indoor bathroom facility. An outdoor privy and solar shower are available for use, instead. During winter weather, four-wheel drive vehicles, high clearance, and chains are required. We recommend that you consider bringing a shovel and saw in case of issues on the road. Please note that pets are prohibited.

During the Off-Season:
From April through October, PATC houses trail crews and holds training courses and seminars at the trail center. Hikers can stay in the hiker cabin on a first come, first served basis at no charge. While hikers may use the picnic tables on the lawn or on the screened porch, they may not enter the house. Day and section hikers may park in the trailhead parking lot, but should alert the Caretaker if they plan to leave a vehicle there for a few days. For inquiries regarding Blackburn in the off-season, call the Caretaker at 540-338-9028 or the Overseer at 703-967-2226. The Blackburn Facebook Page also has helpful information.

For more information on this and other PATC cabins, we recommend acquiring and reading a copy of our PATC Cabins Book.

Blackburn At a Glance


Members-Only (Join)

Cabin Type

Semi-Primitive (electricity & running water but no toilet)

Pet Friendly

No, Pets Prohibited


15, up to 22 for extra person charge




Near Bluemont, VA (Map)

AT Access

0.3 mile


None, Parking Available

Weekend Rate

$140.00 per night

Weeknight Rate

$80.00 per night