Calvary and Chimney Rocks Trail is a 3.2 mile out and back trail located near Grottoes, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A moderately out and back easy hike to some interesting geological formations, starting from the Rip-Rap parking lot (on the west side) of Skyline Drive, at MP 90. Blue blazes mark the trail. There were no restrooms or port-o-pots at the parking lot.
Rewarding hike. The trails were narrow at times, but overall very well maintained. It is pretty rocky at times but never difficult.
We went over Labor Day and saw about 15 other groups hiking. I'm not sure if it's because we went over a holiday, or if the trail is usually very popular. We did see a bear on the drive in, but not during our hike. Keep an eye out for snakes, though. We did see a couple nonvenomous ones on the trail.
Access from SNP at Riprap Trail Parking area. The trail is part of the Riprap Trail, which is a 9.8 mile loop trail. Lovely views.
The driving directions to this trail are not correct. This hike is apparently actually in SNP and accessible from Skyline Drive. Went on a wild goose chase trying to find it based of this page, and didn't find it at all. I tried to edit the trail info based on the info on the link below but it wouldn't update. Click the link for more accurate info as to where this hike is. I hope to actually hike it soon. http://www.summitpost.org/chimney-rock/326412
This is an easy hike. We were not sure at first where the overlook was and if we had made it to Calvary Rocks. If you continue past Calvary Rocks just about a half mile you will also come to Chimney Rocks. I suggest doing both when embarking on this adventure. Calvary Rocks is pretty amazing!