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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great hike. Terrain is quite rocky and a true roller coaster! I would definitely rank it on the high end of moderate.
Best hike ever! It was worth it! Make sure you bring snacks cause you'll need it !!!
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.
Such a great work out. Got up in 1.5 hours and the view is amazing! Great day hike!
Make sure you bring plenty of water, and be prepared for rocky/uphill terrain! The view is worth everything.
Great hike, moderately challenging given the rocky trail. Crosses two streams (natural spring), the VA/WV state line, and the payoff is a great view.
Awesome hike, be sure to bring plenty of water. Park in the VDOT lot on the other side of Rt 7, as the Pine Grove Rd lot will fill up quickly. This trail is aptly described as a roller coaster due to the varying grades throughout the hike. It's a great workout with a fantastic view at the summit. We took our dog and had a great time.
Great hike, one of our favorites!