Appalachian Trail: Rockfish Gap to Chester Gap

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Shenandoah National Park

Appalachian Trail: Rockfish Gap to Chester Gap is a 99.8 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Afton, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length99.8 miElevation gain22,139 ftRoute typePoint to point
BackpackingCampingHikingRunningDog friendlyForestWildlifeFee
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Shenandoah National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55.

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Jodi Knorowski
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Regan Allen
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Fun trail, nice to hike for a couple of hours. Not many places to see a view off the side of the mountain, but enjoyable trail and a nice time.

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George Goldstein
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Really icy hard to navigate

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Mollie Rosenbloom
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Hiking

Question. If we do an 3-4 mi out and back will we see any views?

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Mike Poplaski
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Nice trail to bring your dog to. Some challenging stretches but also some nice flat parts as well!

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Arthur Marshall
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Carrie Edwards
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Took Rockfish Gap to Little Calf. 20 degrees and 3” on snow on the ground and we were still able to follow the trail which was very runnable. Paths were a little rocky in some areas, but finding footing was fairly easy (again, it was all covered in snow). Up and back following the white markers was 6.5 miles one way for a 13 mile round trip, just under 2,000’ of elevation.

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William Elder
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Camping

Best way to spend time

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Alan Bourne
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Hiking

I agree with Regina. I did the Shenandoah section of the AT 11 years ago. I would love to do the whole trail from Maine to Georgia in one hike but other demands do not allow that much continuous time out. Tis section is scenic, but my favorite is the middle section of the AT through Shenandoah.

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Regina Reiter
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Awesome life-changing experience to walk from Maine to Georgia in 7 months, starting in June, 2007 and ending in January, 2008. See my trail journal at http://www.trailjournals.com/mssnglnk

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Paul Thieberger
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Ryan Ose
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Wendy Ward
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Jason Ward
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Ryan M Noebels
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Deanna D.
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Deanna D.
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