I'm back and I only saw one hunter with his dogs. I camp at Shoe Creek about twice a month and the dogs have been waking us up since early August. Them dern hunters are as much into killing stuff as I am into breaking my jeep! I know the area fairly well and know the "off-limit" areas, although there aren't many out there. It is National Forest after all, and if I don't see a "No Trespassing" sign or some other evidence that I shouldn't proceed, I'm at least going to check it out. Mostly, I crawl the trail from the Shoe Creek entrance, stop to play a a bit on one of the only technical obstacles, Slick Rock, and then head up to the Crab Tree Meadows exit, with few, if any, detours. Makes for an awesome four'ish hour ride through the forest with enough sunlight left over to take the "long way" home on the Parkway.
I love this time of year in the mountains of Virginia!