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Had an amazing time hiking Old Rag. Did it with a group and the trip up and down totaled about 9 hours. Steady incline throughout until the last mile or so and you really being rock climbing. It was quite exhilarating sliding between boulders to get to the next part of the trail. The views at the top were like no other. I love Old Rag and look forward to going back soon!

on Dragon's Tooth Trail

backpacking
2 days ago

Good hike. Moderate trail. Some rock scrambles but makes it more of a challenge. Views up top are great on a clear to partly cloudy day.

This is an interesting trail with impressive views at the top. Camping is not allowed once you reach a certain elevation (closer to the top, and signs will be posted.) When you reach the trailhead, taking a left will put you through the most difficult half of the trail. The second half is much easier. It was a very beautiful place at the top of the mountain to see the watch the sunset and sunrise.

Awesome! Hiked this trail on a beautiful January morning. Started at about 7:15am on a weekday and had the entire trail to myself. Made it up and back in about 90 min. I am a young, fit, fairly experienced hiker, but this trail is definitely doable for people of different skill levels. In general I would allow 2-3 hours. Garmin tracked 3.65 miles.

Trail was rocky, but nothing crazy. Hiking poles helped me feel secure on slippery sections and rocky downhill sections. Steepest parts were at the beginning, otherwise fairly gradual. Initial section of trail along the east side of the mountain was very slick due to rain the previous night, even some small icy spots as well. As long as you are careful of your footing you should have no issues.

Absolutely gorgeous, expansive views at the top! Awesome reward for a fairly short hike. Was also pleasantly surprised at the amount of views to the east while along the first mile of trail (bare trees help). Would do this trail again!

hiking
10 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike, one of my favorites because it has an amazing view for me and beautiful waterfalls for my sister. The first half, I thought I was going to die from all the stairs but higher up is less steep. Thanks to all the recent rain and the general humidity around the falls, there were some pretty muddy spots but all were passable. There were a few trees I had to duck around but they weren't bad, I'm assuming they'll be taken care of when the shutdown ends.The bathrooms were closed but everything else is as usual. The fee ($3) is collected in an envelope that the individuals take care of so that is still. It took a little over 2 hours to hike including sitting and enjoying the view for about 10 minutes. Definitely recommend.

hiking
10 days ago

Quite muddy today. Still a few trees down on the trail.

I went to Old Rag twice I love the heights and big boulder and so much fun along the way. I will come back to it.

This is my favorite hike in Virginia (so far). It’s got amazing views and the rock scramble is so much fun! Bring enough water and take your time! The false summits have great views to rest at if you need them.

Heads up - the parking lot and the surrounding ~5 miles have no cell phone service. There is some sparse service at the summit. Try not to lose your car keys or anything

Absolutely amazing at the top! I'd hike up this trail every week and would never get bored, as I would still marvel at the beauty of God's creation!

Breathtaking views from the knob. Worth every step of the hike.

Great views from the top, not terribly difficult

Great hike. Challenging towards the top. Very steep in some areas however took my wife and 7 yr old and we loved it.

hiking
12 days ago

Long this trail went by myself took me 132 minutes from start to finish with quick pictures! Highly recommended!

hiking
12 days ago

Very nice hike with awesome views on Spy Rock. Reminds me of a mini version of Old Rag, but not as difficult. Views along the trail (AT most of the way) are best during winter months.

hiking
14 days ago

Top 5 hike in the area! This hike is 100% worth checking out if you have some time. The views at the top of the tooth is amazing and the hike up gets very interesting the last 0.5 miles. There are some small edges with about a 6 ft drop that you have to navigate to reach the top, also some embedded metal ladder rungs you have to climb so make sure you are fit enough before attempting this (really only an issue for older folks and very young children).

Make sure you bring water, it is a long hike!

I love McAfee Knob. View at the top is amazing. This is a bucket list hike for many people and for that reason I give it 5 stars however I urge everyone to go out and check out the other amazing hikes this area has to offer with hikes such as tinker cliffs, dragons tooth and sharp top.

One of my all time favorites to hike any time of the year! More than the 8.6 miles listed if you hike from the parking lot and down fire trail back. The rock scramble is awesome and there’s normally people up there if you need assistance or get stuck that will help you! Beautiful view at the top, normally not that crowded. Can have some congestion at certain parts of rock climb depending on how busy the summer/spring/fall days are. (Fee free weekends get packed) Make sure you have tons of water and snacks! Takes about 4-5 hours with frequent stopping depending on how long you stay at the top. You’ll think you’re at the top 3 different times before you actually are!

Great hike. Great view. Nice area at the top to do lunch and take it all in before the descent. Highly recommended.

Great views. Took 7yr old daughter & pup on this trail in the rain. We loved it. Good mixture of terrain for kids to experience.

challenging hike but definitely worth it when you get to the top. the views are Great

hiking
16 days ago

Great, fairly easy hike, and the waterfall provides stunning views. Hiked this on 1/1/19, and there are still trees across the trail, according to the locals, caused by a extremely strong windstorm (the trees on the mountain literally snapped in half, and that went on for miles). The roads to the parking lot are clear (coming from Nellysford). Also, due to the government shutdown, the bathrooms at the base are closed, so make sure you go before getting to the parking lot. The $3 parking fee still applies.

A great New Years Day hike with my 17 & 15 year old sons. The rock scrambles were no joke! We had a blast. And this map was super helpful in helping us keep track of our progress.

Started 2019 with a short hike up Mary’s Rock on New Years Day. Was concerned that Skyline Drive might be closed due to gov’t shutdown. Great hike and well worth the effort to get to the top. The views are fantastic. Recommend good shoes as the trail is rocky and rugged. Lots of parking. Trail head located at the Thornton Gap area just outside Sperryville VA. One of my favorite hikes along the parkway.

As of January 1, 2019 trailhead road access on Blue Ridge Parkway is currently closed. You can still hike Flat Top from the AllTrails listing in Buchanan.

17 days ago

Forever my favorite! It’s a all day affair between driving there and hiking but the hike itself is a challenge but it’s worth it

¡Excelente caminata! Fui el pasado miércoles 26 de diciembre de 2018 con mis padres y hermana de 66, 65 y 37 años respectivamente. Fue nuestra primera experiencia en un trail categoría "Hard". Comenzamos a las 8:00 am y terminamos a las 3:30 pm con más o menos 50 minutos de descanso y a un paso cómodo. Fue retante pero muy variada y divertida, especialmente el "Scramble Rock". Todo el trail está muy bien marcado y mantenido. Hay varios lugares con hermosas vistas. Definitivamente si deseas pasar un grandioso día de "hiking" lo recomiendo.

Well maintained trail. Beautiful views.

Amazing hike!
Beautiful day 12/29/18
58 degrees
Not too hard

camping
18 days ago

Beautiful view. Much like hawks bill.

Tough hike but cannot beat the view from the cliffs. The parking area is small (smaller than McAfee Knob parking area) and there are no restrooms at the trailhead. Take a moment to stop at the kiosk and read about Andy Layne for whom the trail is named after. The trail can get muddy so use caution if you are hiking after a recent rain. The trail is marked well and has some big elevation changes so give yourself time to hike it and to enjoy time at the cliffs. Once you are at the cliffs you will be rewarded with magnificent views if the weather permits. McAfee Knob can be seen from each viewpoint and take the time to hike further down for more views and a closet look at McAfee.

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