Looking for a great trail in George Washington National Forest, Virginia? AllTrails has 125 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 71 moderate trails in George Washington National Forest ranging from 1.2 to 18.4 miles and from 738 to 4,425 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
5 days ago

This is a moderate to hard trail. I hiked it yesterday, and found it to be generally well-marked. I crossed paths with just 1 group and about 6 others during the whole course of the hike, which was surprising considering it was perfect weather and a weekend day. Although it's 3.7 miles to the other end of the trail, I do not recommend going the last 0.7 mile unless you want the mileage or you want to connect up with one of the other trails. If you are just interested in views then stop at mile 3, at the highest elevation of the trail, enjoy the views, then head back.

hiking
5 days ago

we were not sure we were on a trail... no blazes or signs. We were looking for Hogpen Lake. It was a nice short hike anyway.

Absolutely beautiful with steep climb. Highly recommend.

hiking
rocky
6 days ago

Quiet, well shaded, beautiful views!

not much in the way of views but if you're looking for an easy and quiet walk through the woods this will give you that.

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
6 days ago

Recommend long pants. Moderately difficult. 100% worth it. Solitude and serene. One of the best views and a hidden gem! Nice 2 min rock scramble at the summit. If you are wondering if this hike is worth it, don’t. Easily one of the best hikes in the region and of the year.

Perfect three hour trail run. The ridge is a highlight with trail alternating between pine needle path and light rock scrabble. Couple creeks down low for the dog.

Beautiful the entire way.

hiking
7 days ago

Easy and scenic.

hiking
7 days ago

Got lucky with a low-humidity Saturday in August, arrived at the parking lot around 8 am and was one of about 6 cars (which for Humpback is rare). Did the entire trail marked in this app except the glass hollow overlook (towards the end off the AT section). Dog and I loved it - peaceful, trails were well-marked, a couple of beautiful blue ridge views along the way. We made it to the shelter, had a snack, and headed back to rejoin the loop. Got back to our car at exactly 11am. Only saw about 6 people along the way. Trail had some hillier / rockier sections, would recommend hiking shoes / boots or hardy sneakers. Excited to do this again in the fall!

I did this hike with me, myself, and I on Saturday. I arrived around 7:30 to a mostly empty parking lot (not the case by the time I finished). This is a peaceful hike with minimal traffic. I only saw a few other people, some of them twice since I did some backtracking looking for the plane wreck. I started on the blue blazed section of the Jack Albright Loop trail, went to the shelter, then returned to the parking lot on the white blazed AT/Jack Albright Loop, stopping at the Glass Hollow Overlook. While the plane wreck may be "can't miss" during certain times of the year, I had a hard time locating the wreck. With all the backtracking and hiking the section for the second time, I must have walked past it 5 times. The only reason I found it was I happened to see a little path leading up into the woods. I followed the path and that took me to the wreck. There is a tree that has fallen across some of the wreckage. https://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/DobieMountain/

hiking
bugs
over grown
7 days ago

National Park Service rates this trail as strenuous. AllTrails rates it as moderate. NPS got it right. Super steep and rocky. Views and rocks at the top make it worth the trek!

on Panther Falls

walking
8 days ago

The map is wrong. From rt60 turn on Panther Falls Rd and head down a mile or so and then on the left, you’ll see a quite obvious trail parking area with a “Panther Falls” sign. From there it’s less than a 5min walk to the falls.

hiking
8 days ago

We did this as a loop, clockwise. The Stephens Trail was pretty, but there were 100 - at least- ( no exaggeration) spiders in their webs stretched across the trail. I was hiking with a stick held up, like a sword because I was so sick of getting face webbed every few yards. Since this is basically the 6 out of 9 mile portion of the trail, it sort of sucked. Once we topped the ridge and got on the Massanutten trail, the spiders were pretty much gone. This section was really pretty. Views were starting to open up. The observation platform was really pretty and a great reason to hike this. The way down on the forestry path was nice woods and easy hiking. Well marked trails, good signage, easy to follow. Came out at 9.2 miles. We printed a map with mileage...that website also said 9.2, unlike Alltrails which says 8.5.

off road driving
over grown
rocky
8 days ago

Jeep Wrangler TJ with 31s and a 3 inch lift. Completed the trail easily but got stuck once. That was my fault, definitely walk the mud holes first! Only really needed 4 wheel drive for a few of the obstacles, but you can bypass most of it if you aren't equipped. You need to air down for all of the rocky trails or you'll be crawling at idle for half of the trail. I'll be back!

off road driving
9 days ago

Very easy trail ride. Just about any car can drive it with ease. A loaded down passenger car might scrape in a few places. There are primitive campsites scattered through the trail. Some great overlooks and lots of animals and plants.

off road driving
off trail
11 days ago

Nice drive through the Natl Forest. Long drive on public right of way through private property.

off road driving
rocky
11 days ago

Great trail, fun to drive, but the views from Flagpole Knob are a bit disappointing compared to the panorama which can be found at Reddish Knob.

Just about 20 mins walk into the trail we came to a big rock that opened onto a beautiful view west of the Shenandoah Valley. A perfect skirt hike with a great reward.

hiking
12 days ago

Well-constructed trail showing all levels of massive Crabtree Falls. Some steep and rocky areas, but many stairs and switchbacks to ease the grade. Wooden distance markers appear at 0.1 mile intervals, which simultaneously urges you on and reminds you how far you still have to go. Also, because this hike is an out-and-back, you can turn around whenever you get tired and have an almost all-downhill hike back. Overall, a fantastic hike.

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
13 days ago

Only had time to do part of the trail today—unfortunately the hard uphill part. Still beautiful with a good work out.

hiking
13 days ago

Some fantastic views on a morning when the fog layer is below the crest of the trail!

This was a very different hike. I am in pretty good shape and hike frequently, but this was a challenge. I did the entire loop in about 7 hours with a weighted bag. I was planning to do an in and out from reeds gap to the first overlook, but it was such a beautiful day, I decided to do the entire loop. I stopped twice to eat and took a lot of pictures at the overlooks. I decided to go clockwise seeing the best over look early this morning (around 10 am). The most difficult part of the the trail for me would be coming down from the summit. The back side of the mountain is very rugged and rocky , and in the summer overgrown making it hard to see the trail . This section is clearly hard for the AT volunteers to maintain the trail. Overall, it is for sure the best all around hike ( for very experienced hikers) in Nelson county and the surrounding areas . Not one to take kids on or someone out of shape. One thing I would like to add. This is important! The mileage is wrong. It is not 12.6 miles. It is 14.5 if you are starting at reeds gap. The contour map shows the mileage and my gps calculated 14.6.

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