Appalachian Trail to Raven Rocks

MODERATE 67 reviews

Appalachian Trail to Raven Rocks is a 5.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bluemont, VA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.8 miles 1778 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

This is a 4-View trail with the final view point being the most magnificent. This out-and-back hike... which some locals call "the roller-coaster" winds up and down several ridges...some of which are fairly steep.

hiking
1 day ago

Tough hike with nice elevation , did it last weekend alone and enjoyed every minute of it . The reward at ravens rock is real nice ! Very rocky

7 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

this was a great trail and a total workout... nice camping spot at the top and the look out is great :)

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Tons of rock, good vista at the top. Nice cool spring to rest at on the way, and plenty of shade. Parking situation though...

If you don't park in a lot, YOU WILL GET TOWED OR TICKETED. When we arrived, we avoided the "no parking between signs" areas, but parallel parked with a large number of other cars similarly placed. A sharp rock punctured the sidewall as we stopped, so we started the hike by changing a tire. When we finished, every car was gone and ours was on a flatbed, the last to be towed away. Driver explained that those between the signs get a $200 ticket or tow, those outside the signs can't be legally parked, because VA requires 4 feet off the blacktop, so they get either a $300 ticket or a tow. Every nice Saturday, an area homeowner calls the VA smokies and ruins everyone's weekend. Virginia needs to post no parking signs for the whole stretch, as the current signage implies parking is legal in some stretches, when it's not due, to the small shoulders.

hiking
1 month ago

We didn't get to the summit, but the gains/losses in elevation were challenging. We brought our great dane and he did great!

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hiking
1 month ago

We went on a day that was 65 degrees out with our dog and it was perfect. The trail is predominantly in the Shane so there is no reason to wear your sunglasses. It's pretty rocky so it's best to wear hiking boots so you don't risk rolling your ankle. We went all the way to Ravens Rock and back in 3.5 hours with brief (5 min or less) breaks for water.

TIP: there is not much parking by the start of the trail you might have to park in the overflow lot across route 7 and Blue Ridge Mountain Rd. It's tough to cross route 7 but it might be your only option.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great 1/2 day hike! A few tough spots on some of the inclines but the up and down of the hills gives a nice break after each one. There's a freshwater spring about 3/4 of the way to the peak and it's not too populated but you're not completely alone should you need someone.

hiking
1 month ago

A very nice hike. The trail can be rocky in places. Wear hiking boots/shoes. All three significant elevation gain sections taper off fairly quick. Just remember reaching the top - Raven Rocks - is only half of the trip.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a rocky trail and challenging. I recommend using poles or stick in case of loose rocks. You are rewarded with a great view back into Virginia. Parking at the trail-head is limited, but there is another parking area on the southern portion of Blue Ridge Mountain Road close to Bear's Den Park.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike, the roller coaster nickname is well earned. It is a lot of up and down hill over rocky terrain. The payoff vista is very nice though. On a Saturday, you'll probably see a number of people on the trail, but not so many that it is overwhelming.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. Terrain is quite rocky and a true roller coaster! I would definitely rank it on the high end of moderate.

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hiking
3 months ago

Best hike ever! It was worth it! Make sure you bring snacks cause you'll need it !!!

hiking
3 months ago

Great afternoon hike, Went today weather was about 92 and sunny. Most other reviews were spot on, much of the hike is over rocks so ensure your footwear is good. View was very nice, not very much parking so be careful of going on weekends.