Raven Rocks via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 231 reviews

Raven Rocks via Appalachian Trail is a 5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bluemont, Virginia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1604 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

This is a 4-View trail with the final view point being the most magnificent. This out-and-back hike, which some locals call "the roller-coaster" winds up and down several ridges, some of which are fairly steep.

21 hours ago

Should be rated as hard. The entire trail is incline/decline and 98% rocks. You cannot lose focus or you will trip. Especially hard on way back as very Long steep incline near the end when you are already somewhat beat. Bring more water than you think you need. The view is just fabulous but I don’t want to do the hike again. Very rough on the feet and ankles despite good boots and the need to keep looking at the ground all the time took away some of the enjoyment.

backpacking
1 day ago

hiking
6 days ago

Challenging trail probably should be rated hard instead of moderate as the terrain is pretty rocky and steep in places. Pretty view at the top, well worth the hike. Trail was not too busy and parked at a commuter lot on other side of highway as it was a Sunday.

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6 days ago

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13 days ago

First off, this is not a moderate trail. This trail says moderate but is definitely in the hard range. Simply for the fact that you walk on large jagged boulders and rocks up steep elevations. I love to hike at crazy elevations but would probably not go back unless I was completing the Appalachian trail. For those that don't mind hiking up a rock bed or have feet of steel I would definitely recommend the breathtaking view at the top. Also, check out the West Virginia/ Virginia border sign just before you get to the top. Good luck!

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14 days ago

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21 days ago

Great trail. Rocks are rough on the feet and there are a few steep inclines. Nice walk for bringing a hiking dog along.

hiking
27 days ago

Nice short hike far enough out of the city to get away but so far to be prohibitive. A lot of elevation change and rocky terrain.

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1 month ago

Plenty of rocks on the trail but nice views at the end!

hiking
1 month ago

Hard but worth it.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

great morning hike