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

Love this trail. Great for the dogs. Some river crossing but enjoyable.

We camped at the campsite and enjoyed this hike the climb up was a challenge in a good way. There was a few trees on the trail but nothing that hindered the experience. I will say the trail markings are all the same color and it appears to be off shoots of the main trail, we didn’t go down any of them but could be very confusing.

hiking
1 month ago

While we had fun on this hike, the terrain varied like our emotions on the hike. The actual trail begins at the trail head of Boone’s Run which lead to some confusion. The trail is hard terrain and requires boots as it has insane changes in elevation, but amazing views and water scenery. There is no parking except on the street or by a shooting range.

hiking
1 month ago

This was great hike!

walking
1 month ago

Nice hike. It is a well maintained trail. Fair amount of horse droppings along the lower trail. Even after reading the previous reviews, I missed the turn down from the upper trail. The turn is marked with white survey tape on a branch and the trail markers Change from orange to yellow. I recommend using the apps gps function for this transition. Enjoy the views.

Lots of rocks on the trail, lots of debris and very little pay off.

We opted to check out Elizabeth Furnace since we had a nice break in the weather. We’d heard good things about the park so figured we’d give it a go but ultimately didn’t care for the trail we did. There are some pretty cool features and it was great to be outside but the trail ends in an intersection of other trails and doesn’t offer much else. If we ever do this one again it will be to link up with the Buzzard Rocks trail.

Side note: as someone previously mentioned, the trailhead is hidden away. It is directly to the RIGHT of the covered table area. Follow the light blue blazes.

off road driving
2 months ago

I've rode and hunted on this trail since I was a kid . I have even taken a car up it with minimal trouble on the new trail . the old trail that cuts in and out of the new is the rough one .

off road driving
4 months ago

This is a great trail with anything from rocks to mud. However if you are concerned about scatching your vehicle I would not recommend this trail. As others have mentioned it gets very narrow in places. I have a 2017 Toyota Tacoma and it rubbed on both sides in many places. Didn't bother me since this is what I bought the Off road addition for (and white). One of the few trails in VA available to the public.

hiking
4 months ago

Cold day (17F) with a light layer of snow. Well kept trail with worthwhile view at the top. Nice way to end 2017.

off road driving
4 months ago

I went on this trail on December 28th with a frigid temperature of 9 degrees. I enjoyed this trail. The trail is very rocky, I wouldn't recommend bringing a vehicle that is not lifted on this trail. Several areas have mountain laurels growing into the trail. If you care about your paint, don't take this trail. The trail is plenty wide with no tight spots with trees.

Note that the trail is closed from January 1st to March 30th.

Great campsites. Few people.

backpacking
6 months ago

A long week on the trail - very rocky and difficult in places.Long stretches with no water.

hiking
6 months ago

You'd never know somebody could be so happy finding a trail. About a year ago this time last year, I entered the Kaylor's Knob (or Ridge) Trail at the Massanutten overlook in the afternoon for what I thought would be an out and back short run, having never been on the trail before. Well it was a little late in the afternoon and all I had on were my running shorts and a tee shirt. Somehow I missed the "end" of Kaylor's Knob and never turned around. I thought I was doing a big circle, but little did I know I was just going farther and farther north into the woods. It finally got too dark for me to see safely, so I sat on the little path, (prayed a little that it wouldn't rain) and spent the night shivering in the woods. Why didn't I call someone? - I was "that guy" in this case - no phone on me! as I thought I would be back at the overlook in no time. At 6:23 a.m. the next morning (I remember the time precisely) I started off again. It was only about 25 minutes later I came across some overnight campers that were camping not too far from the path entrance off of Airey Lane. The park rangers who picked me up said they help find about one hiker a month, but I was the farthest from where I had entered from anybody in a long long time! So anyhow, I've been searching for this path (I'm not from the area) a couple times I've been back and yesterday I finally found it! I had never asked the park rangers where it was they picked me up - I just kept searching the maps and I knew it was a long way from Massanutten . I would do it all over again - but next time will be much more prepared. Thanks for reading - I loved the path btw. I'm not sure what the section after Kaylor's Knob is called heading towards Fridley Gap, I think it called Second Mountian Trail , but there were some pretty knarly paths and dangerous slopes and rock formations. If you get a chance and are in up for it - go for it!

Wear good shoes. Not suitable for children. I fell about 8 Times. Some areas are strictly rock. Beautiful summit go up further than the trail says.

camping
6 months ago

Hiked up camped I opted to included Signal knob in the trip. it was fun. Weather was great.

6 months ago

Awesome

off road driving
6 months ago

Great trail. A Jeep trail for sure based on width alone. Based on these reviews I picked up some magarmor (Smittybilt) and waxed her the day before, it saved the paint. Highly recommend it unless you don’t mind the scratches. A few sections are rough but not overly so, enough to make it fun without worrying too much. Mud got a little deep in one hole but most of the deep ones have bypasses if you prefer. By the way, if it has a bypass it means that is a deep hole, came to that conclusion on the last deep hole (lol). Wife and I had a good day.

off road driving
6 months ago

Drought restrictions in place in surrounding areas but still came across quite a few puddle crossings. Deepest one up to rock sliders on JKU. Pretty rocky terrain = slow going. Was more challenging than I thought it was going to be but not difficult. Mountain laurel pin striping unavoidable. I drove from entrance off of BRP down to coal road in 3.5 hours with minimal stopping. From Coal Road I proceeded S towards St. Mary's wilderness area and did not complete the published 18.8 mile route that ends in Sherando. Best view of the entire trip is at the halfway point about 5 miles in from the Blue Ridge Parkway at Bald Mountain. I drove it on a Thursday and I only passed two guys on enduros the entire length of the trail. I'd like to go back and drive it from the bottom up next time...

off road driving
7 months ago

Great trail, only it could use some widening. Anything bigger than your little sister’s tricycle and you’re getting your ride scratched up. We did this trail in a ‘17 Taco 4x4 Off Road and it did fantastic! It was a lot of fun trying out different crawl control speeds and the MTS. Take the trail nice and slow and you’ll do fine.

This was our first trail in the jeep, definetly not for beginners. The "alternate" routes are a bit rough on stock suspension. the water was a bit deeper them it looks in some sections almost 1/4 way up the doors. I thoughti was going to need a winch in one "puddle". driving it in a manual transmission was a fun change though. love the trail. upgrade my suspension and I'm going back, I'm doing the whole 10 miles again.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful views. The first two miles to the peak is a moderate hike, the last .5miles is moderate to difficult and very rocky.

It was a nasty day but we could imagine it would have pretty views. It was extremely peaceful

hiking
7 months ago

Completed this 9 mile loop clockwise in 4 hours, beginning from the lower parking lot. Both trails (yellow and orange) were marked clearly. As to the confusing spur trail below Kennedy Peak some have complained about, it had been blocked off with rocks and branches. One complaint I had was the constant presence of mosquitoes even in late September.

Pretty overgrown and we were really hoping for some picturesque views which we didn't find. Seemed like there were lots of paths nearby though so next time we would explore those.

off road driving
7 months ago

This trail was a lot of fun! There are some pretty large rocks, and deep water crossings, however. I personally wouldn't recommend it to someone with a stock vehicle or even a wide one.

Going do 10 miles Oct

off road driving
8 months ago

This was my first adventure in off road driving and it was a definite challenge. My Army surplus 1989 M998 Humvee was more than up to the challenge, but this trail is called a Jeep trail for a reason that is not obvious. It is only wide enough for a Jeep size vehicle to pass through most of it without scraping the mountain laurel that lines both sides of the trail. My Humvee is 7'2" wide so I think we collected enough debris to fill a truck as we scraped our way through the very narrow sections of the trail.

Many areas are also studded with large rock that would destroy an oil pan on any vehicle without high ground clearance. Also, portions of the trail were under water from rain or mountain streams. At a couple of these places we forded 30 inches of water with mud bottom. Really would not have tried it in a Jeep without a fording kit.

The only other people we encountered were bear hunters training their dogs. They had specially built high ground clearance vehicles with dog kennels built-in. They came up the trail from the Blue Ridge Parkway and we had to coordinate our last 3 miles with them to keep from meeting head to head in an area where passing was impossible. They were used to doing this and had radios to coordinate travel.

When we finally finished the 10.5 miles of bone jarring crawling over rocks, splashing through water, and scraping mountain laurel for 3 hours we breathed a great sigh of relief at finally being on a smooth surface. The Humvee is definitely not designed for comfort, but nothing stops it. Transfer case in low and transmission in 2nd and it never broke a sweat. I did, but the Humvee didn't.

Only reason for not giving it 5 stars is the narrow trail not friendly to wide vehicles.

This is a very easy trail to hike. The trail runs along side the river and offers a lot of swimming holes. My kids love crossing the swinging bridge. There isn't much parking next to the train entrance so you have to walk to get to the trail.

Pretty easy stroll with a beautiful view at the top. Just a little tip- there's a switchback that is easy to miss and go the wrong way around the peak.

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