Massanutten Mountain Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near McGaheysville, VA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Easy at first, more challenging toward end.
This is a nice morning hike. At 1.4 miles in there is a large outcropping of rocks that make it very difficult to continue. This is a good stopping point for families and a great opportunity for pictures and panoramic views.
The trail has a lot of rocks where you will be climbing, vs. walking. The final views are spectacular behind the cell towers. Worth the hike, but a lot of rock scrambles.
The skiing is okay... Every time I've been it has been icy but that is probably a coincidence. The climate of VA just isn't right for the sport.
Our condo was great, but the skiing was not. This area does not have the ability to make a lot of snow.
There are several activities at the Massanutten Four Seasons Resort. Golf, the water park, ice skating and skiing in winter.
The resort has a ridge trail for hiking, which provides periodic views of the Shenandoah Valley. On our last hike, I spent some time picking up after those who thought the trail was ideal for depositing their energy drink cans, bottles and food wrappers. Esthetics aside, I was concerned about the potential harm to wildlife, who may get hurt by metal cans, trying to access the sweet tasting beverage left-overs.
Like many trails, once you get a mile or so down the path, the crowds thin out, and the world is your own.
It's nice to have a trail like this, so close to the resort, with easy access via the ridge-top parking area.
For those with disabilities or those who prefer to bike, there is a jeep trail below and east of the north/south ridge trail, that runs pretty much parallel.
On the video link, you will need to cursor down to the second video, to see skiing at Massanutten. Others videos on that page are related to activities in the area and Shenandoah National Park.