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Old Rag Mountain Trail

Syria, VA

Old Rag Mountain Trail is a 9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Syria, VA that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and birding and is accessible year-round.

  • Best Hiking

  • Best Mountain Biking

  • Best Trail Running

Recent Reviews

on Story Book Trail
2 hours ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

So this trail itself is easy. Easy to find, easy to get to. Very nice view at the end. However, if you're looking for something a bit more fun, a little bit in is a trail heading off the paved path. We followed it all the way up the side of the mountain and found some awesome rock groupings to get some nice pictures and obvious signs that people had camped up there. It was beautiful. That trail was a bit more work heading uphill and around briers and roots. Went in February on a relatively warm day and it was so nice. Went back in April and the briers were a little too overgrown. But will definitely be back come winter.

on Mill Prong Trail
3 hours ago

trail running
1 Completed1 Reviews

Nice easy trail to put in some comfortable miles (for seasoned trail runners). I went out 4 for 8 miles RT, and could have easily gone farther with a lot more trail ahead of me -- connects to the AT. This trail section is moderately wide single track in many areas, narrow in some sections. Almost entirely under tree cover for nice shade, but not much for views.

on The Channels Trail
5 hours ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

amazing, I don't want to give it away, but definitely a playground for geologists.

on Bush Mill Stream State Na...
8 hours ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

bring a stick to knock down all the spiderwebs in your way, or you might get trapped and eaten. not going again.


13 hours ago

hiking

2 beautiful waterfalls. Go all the way to the top. Would recommend the Rose River to Dark Hollow combination. plenty of places to wade/swim.


13 hours ago

hiking

Several cascades and waterfall. Places to swim/wade. Leads straight to dark hollows falls. Beautiful scenery. Moderately challenging


13 hours ago

hiking

100% incline (100% of the time). nice view


13 hours ago

hiking


13 hours ago

hiking

short but fun hike. fantastic views

on Mountain Top Trail
15 hours ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

Went hiking on a hot July day. Was nicely shaded so we were not dying from the sun yet...Beautiful views, not too difficult. Highly recommend this trail!

on Sharp Top Trail
17 hours ago

6 Completed4 Reviews

This is a great trail but I wish are ire had mentioned it being closed mon-fri for maintenance! Just here to save anyone else the drive on a week day. Over to Flat Top for me today.

on Old Rag Mountain Trail
19 hours ago

rock climbing
7 Completed1 Reviews

Difficult but worth it!

on Wintergreen Mountain Reso...
23 hours ago

hiking
2 Completed2 Reviews

Beautiful terrain, got some rock scaling in, waterfalls are beautiful with clear ice cold water: good for previous hikers getting back out there!

on Humpback Rocks Recreation...
1 day ago

hiking
2 Completed2 Reviews

Great hike, uphill the whole way up so was a challenge for the gluts and thighs haha view from the top is definitely worth it!

on Dragon Tooth Trail
1 day ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

Didn't have enough time to make it all the way to the tooth. I think the entire trip from the trail head intersection where the Dragons back and the Mcafee's knob trail begin to the Dragons Tooth is ultimately the perfect two day over night excursion. This would be all the way from the highway trail intersection to the tooth and assertion of the tooth in my conservative estimates. Have fun, be safe!

on White Oak Canyon and Ceda...
1 day ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

never did the full loop until the other day but i finally sis the full loop definatly takes some time, water, & is tiring. but definatly worth it. the waterfalls are gorgeous. the view at the top of white oak is amazing. decided to do this when it was over 100 degrees out but the pools to splash water on you definatly make it do able. probably one of my favorite places to hike definatly recommend! :)

on Crabtree Falls Trail
1 day ago

hiking
2 Completed2 Reviews

Beautiful trails and hike. Multiple spots to stop and view the falls on the way up. Gorgeous

on Humpback Rocks Recreation...
1 day ago

hiking
2 Completed2 Reviews

Challenging hike but the view is well worth it

on Ragged Mountain Natural A...
1 day ago

hiking
84 Completed76 Reviews

I hiked a complete loop included the Round Top and the trails on the far side of the floating bridge on this Ragged Mountain Nature Area. The trails on the far side are not yet complete so they are rough and some are non existing, but I was able to hike and completed the loop in three and a half hour for a total distance of 7.3 miles and elevation of 1099 ft. I felt good after I complete the loop but it was quite challenging.

on Ivy Creek Natural Area Tr...
1 day ago

hiking
84 Completed76 Reviews

This trail was well maintained and well marked. I enjoyed a summer morning hike on this trail. The scenery was good. Traffic was light and plenty of parking space.