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Interesting loop hike. Added the out and back to Cat Knob. Enjoyed Rapidan Camp and walking along the water. Lovely to see some Hemlocks. Walked CCW and didn't see anyone until Rapidan Camp. u

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HikingRocky

Very interesting trail. Not too many people on this particular day. love all the water crossings.

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HikingGreat!

Beautiful trail. Not insta perfect due to the trees but a great hike.

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The use of "CCW" in the trail reviews below is short for "counter clockwise." It tells the reader the direction in which the reviewer did the hike.

Reviewing the comments and can't figure out why folks here are recommending carrying a concealed weapon (CCW) on a 4 hour moderate hike. The hike is great. Views are great. Just want to let others know what CCW stands for when making decisions where to hike in SNP.

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HikingOver grown

Went CCW to the top of Hazeltop then down and up up Cat Knob, before looping on to the Rapidan trail. Saw a good number of hikers near Rapidan Camp, but otherwise had the trail mostly to ourselves. Cat Knob is a good, steep little climb, but only a 1 mile detour (.5 there and back), and definitely worth it.

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Great trial. Recommend going CCW.

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BackpackingGreat!

One of the coolest trials I’ve been on! A rather easy and enjoyable trail that I would do many times over. Make sure to stop by camp Hoover for a little history lesson (back when presidents cared about the natural world and public lands). We did noticed the little look out spot that was mentioned in a few other reviews but sadly there was another group of hikers enjoying the view so we just kept on moving down the trail. Saw some snails, chipmunks, and salamanders.

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Hiking

No views, but a nice forest walk. There might have been okay views on the AT portion towards the end, but it was foggy and dark by the time I got there, so cannot say for certain.

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HikingGreat!

The trail is closer to 8 miles. Nice hike, we did it CCW and the grades aren't bad. The overlook near Hazeltop is nice.

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I thought the trail was nice, although I gave it 4 stars bc at one point my dog had trouble crossing a thin log bridge over a streaming river. We had to find a way for him to get through without crossing that bridge. After a challenging 10-15 mins we made it through. Just a heads up if you go on this trail with your dog. Overall, it was a good experience.

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We had a great day, not too crowded, especially once you leave the camp and take the maintenance raid.

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We hiked this starting down the Appalachian Trail first and coming to the camp near the end which I would recommend. We started at 9:30 AM and there were maybe five or six cars in the lot and we didn’t see many people until we hit the camp. The trail itself is pretty easy breezy. There were a few river crossings that were easy to get across.

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HikingRocky

Started toward Rapidan Camp and it was some cool history with beautiful water and a very small “waterfall “ on the way. Headed back up toward the AT from there and at the top of the ridge and at about 6 or 6.5 miles look for an unmarked part that heads to the left and you only have to go about 30 or so feet to get to a small lookout but it’s a great view. I saw where some folks missed it. No problems with bugs, marked well. Incline is not bad from Rapidan to AT and that’s really the only “climb” you have. Def a moderate trail. Enjoyable and not crowded early on a Saturday which was amazing.

Completed hike on July 25, 2020. Went towards Rapidan Camp first. First few miles were fairly easy. Was very buggy right after Rapidan Camp until we started climbing. Was a very steep hike for a while. Hike is probably a little less intense if you start on the Appalachian Trail and save Rapidan for last. We were a little disappointed that there wasn’t a great lookout area at the top, or maybe we just missed it. Finished the hike in less than 4 hours.

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Overall a great trail. I took advice from “Hiking Upward.” I started at mm53 on Skyline Drive and followed the trail counterclockwise saving Rapidan for the last third of the hike. The day was warm in the 80s and humid. The hike is about 7.5 to 8.5 miles depending on any side trails you chose to explore. The first ~3 miles are gradual uphill the next ~3 miles are gradual downhill. Just before hitting Rapidan the trail and stream became one. Not surprising since we have had plenty of rain during the previous week. Rapidan is a wonderful place to visit unfortunately (I knew before I went) the cabins and tours are shutdown due the COVID 19 crisis. “It’s always something” Gilda Radner. The last couple of miles are all uphill with plenty of water where there usually is trail. The river crossing is quite interesting. You need to have good balance. Went on a Monday, very few people. I didn’t cross paths with anyone until I got to Rapidan. Shoutout to two forest rangers I spoke with for a few minutes. Yes, we kept our social distance. They are on the front lines of forest and animal preservation. Incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated. You’ll enjoy this one.

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Very nice day. I started south on the AT so I could end on a good up trail. The AT was well maintained and in great shape. Laurel Prong was much more rocky and had some great stretches of Mountain Laurel in full bloom. Trail leading into camp Hoover was at times running with water, after a week of rain. No buildings at the camp open. Mill Prong trail has two or three creek crossings even with creeks full of water - no problem. One had a conveniently laid half log stretching the width to ease crossing. Saw no one the first, dozen or so between Hoover camp and AT and on Mill prong trail.

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Hiking

Did this on a cold overcast day and only saw two other people and one unleashed dog (not with the people I saw, never saw the dog's people). Overall, I really enjoyed the hike, the waterfall, streams, and deep water areas were very pretty. The uphill seemed endless but then you were rewarded with a gentle descent. Part of the climb was quite rocky, but nothing you had to climb over.

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