Appalachian Trail to Raven Rocks is a 5.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bluemont, Virginia 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.
Just got back hiking this trail today. I enjoyed every mile of this trail. I would say difficulty from 1 to 5 would have to be a 4.5. Round trip it would take about 4 hours.
Great hike. Warning: the trail map on this site leads you about a quarter mile past the actual view towards a radio tower. Once you hit the view, you'll know it. Don't pass it up.
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
this was a great trail and a total workout... nice camping spot at the top and the look out is great :)
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.
We didn't get to the summit, but the gains/losses in elevation were challenging. We brought our great dane and he did great!
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.