Explore the most popular Camping trails in George Washington and Jefferson National Forests with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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rocky
6 days ago

Beautiful moderate trail. Not much foliage to look at past November 1st. River crossing is beautiful and peaceful. Sadly we didn’t make it to the end because we ran into a bear by the water. Would love tor revisit in the summer months when the flowers are in bloom.

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rocky
8 days ago

The ascent/descents are long, but very gradual. There is no actual clearing/view on the white trail part other than being able to see through the trees, but is still a nice rocky segment to do. Had done as multiple loops going up Massanutten and coming down Tuscarora. I thought the Massanutten switchback ascent part of the loop was rather scenic with several exposed areas to look across to opposite mountain.

If you enjoy hiking long switchbacks up and down a mountain for exercise then this works well. Like others have said, this segment of trail does not offer any actual views (other than through trees when leaves are off).

on Meneka Peak Loop

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rocky
9 days ago

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9 days ago

Cut it short - Too many hunters, and I’m wearing the wrong colors. Will come back at a better time.

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rocky
12 days ago

Peaceful/ quiet this morning- not strenuous, very pleasant .

This is a great campsite for backpacking! We hiked this trail a couple of weeks ago, with 6 backpackers. There are 2 huge campsites on the top. We were lucky and we got the one with a nice view. There were a lot of dry dead trees around for fire wood. There is also a natural stream a mile before the top, that you can drink from with a filter. There are also a couple of campsites at the trailhead

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rocky
15 days ago

My father and I had quite an adventure going up these trails. Amazing experience and view. There are several well placed viewing areas for some great pictures. The parts near the waterfalls were a bit scary since it's filled with rocks and wet. I believed there was an opening toward the peak, near priest shelter, but we could not find it before we turned around. I would definitely recommend to anyone, maybe just the portion where you can see the falls. I do want to do this again one day, maybe multiple days along the Appalachian trail.

Awesome trail! Of course hiking it during peak foliage season on a perfect day doesn’t hurt. Finding the trail to Kepler Overlook May be difficult to find because there is no mention of it when you arrive to the designated trailhead. But there is an overlook and this is how you get there. Follow the fire road and yellow blazes to the intersection with blue blazes then go left (south) toward Fetzer Gap. This is the Tuscarora trail. Follow this enjoyable and well-marked trail 2.8 miles and look for the path to the overlook on your right. The blowdown mentioned in previous reviews has been eliminated. However, be aware that there is no sign to guide you to the overlook, unlike another previous viewpoint. There are some rocks/stones on the trail but not nearly as many as other trails in the valley; regardless always wear proper footwear. Enjoy the great view of the Valley!

Absolutely beautiful! Going up was tough but taking the AT back was easy. My All Trails app stopped working at some point (maybe when someone was taking pictures?) The Trail is marked and awesome! I highly recommend !

A great hike with no other people. We had lots of wildlife on our hike too! Should not be rated as Hard more like Moderate.

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20 days ago

good hike with a few good views, wind at the top is terrible and definitely was a hard climb at the end, other than that the falls and the trail portion were beautiful and well maintained. took me about 5 hours for the full loop

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21 days ago

Did this hike on 10/19/19 in about 7 hours with one 20 minute break and several other 5ish minute ones..... definitely a hard but overall rewarding hike with good trail conditions though I agree with others in that it’s definitely at least 14.5 miles total (my Apple Watch was saying 16 miles but I do question how accurate that thing is)... after completing it I wouldn’t want to do it when it’s hot outside so I would suggest spring or fall if your thinking about tackling it. I started from the Reid’s gap parking area right at 7am and went clockwise through the trail. There were already several vehicles there and only a few parking spots remaining so I’d recommend getting there early. If your going just for the best views I’d recommend doing it like this and making it an in-and-out trail ending at the top of the first knoll as I personally found the rest of the hike rather challenging (with the views not as rewarding as the first vista) when done in this direction but not without its own rewards for those willing (especially if the water is flowing down Campbell’s creek). I did see one bear cub about 1.5 miles in (but didn’t see mama though I’m sure she wasn’t far) and 2 deer as well shortly after. All water sources but Campbell’s creek were dry and Campbell’s creek had only a small amount flowing... looked like it would’ve been beautiful had it not been so dry...the ground bees others have mentioned were still there however when I got to them there were pieces of paper taped to trees warning about them about 10 yards or so before on both sides of the nest as well as a secondary path that passed around them others had cut slightly up hill (was kinda steep but easily doable) though how long those will last is questionable. For the first half of the hike I passed one through hiker on the way up though the first three campsites I passed had tents. After the first 6-7 miles I started passing more and more people so I would again recommend getting there early if you prefer to avoid crowds. Being at the time and direction I started I had the first vista to my self which was very nice. I did pass multiple groups (5+) of people that were working on the trail on the back half of the hike but I didn’t find it overly crowded at all...10/10 would recommend for the view from the first vista alone at the very least as an in and out trail though I would definitely go for the whole loop if you are able.

This trail was a good workout and the stream is nice. I did it in reverse because I was confused by the orange blazes in the original direction.

Short hike with 2 steep inclines. Took about 90 minutes. Super fun!

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28 days ago

Great trail. Road sign for Veachs Gap(774) road is missing. GPS before you get to the valley with no cell service. Trail was dry, no water. Great view from overlook. Keep going on the trail until you get to the real overlook/ flat camping area. Overlook camping area was full, 10 tents on Columbus Day weekend. The road is 774 (second 774 on the left coming from North, after 10 ton bridge sign) Go slow on Veach Gap road as white dogs often run into the road.

on Hidden Rocks

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rocky
28 days ago

Love the Rocks. Beautiful area to walk. I wouldn't exactly say it is easy. Lot walking on rocks, and the uphill grade is little challenging.

Did this trail 10/11-10/12 as an overnight. stayed at the little site just before the 7th river crossing. water in each if the crossings was low enough that my feet didnt even get wet. there was 4 sections that were quite muddy. the amount of horse crap was irritating. the trail otherwise was in great condition and well maintained. the parking lot at fr95 was packed and someone build a fire in the middle of it.

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29 days ago

Superb views at the end. Hike is all up hill, which we usually seek out, but a lot of loose gravel made it slippery in both directions.

The first mile is intense, but there are lots of places to rest if you need to; it's a very rocky ascent. The views from the peaks of Humpback Rocks are breathtaking and very much worth it. if you do the loop, the majority of the trail will be downhill, after the Rocks, and is far easier and much less traveled. The first mile or so to the Rocks and back to the parking lot are what most people do and it can be very crowded. But we saw very few people on the rest of the loop.

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