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Berry Hollow to Old Rag Mountain Trail [CLOSED]

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Shenandoah National Park

Berry Hollow to Old Rag Mountain Trail is a 5.1 mile out and back trail located near Syria, Virginia that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 5.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,751 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

closed

Many trailheads in this park are closed due to COVID-19. Please check the park website for up to date info on which trails are accessible. Note: As of April 2020, the park is still open however the road to access this trail is closed. Please check with the park page for more information.

hiking
closed
1 month ago

The road to access this trail is currently closed to visitors by the County— aka NO parking.

The hike is not very strenuous. If you want to see the summit of Old Rag, but don’t want a difficult hike, this works best for you. Since i went during early spring, 1st week of March, the views weren’t as great, would recommend visiting in summer for a better hiking experience.

hiking
icy
muddy
4 months ago

hiking
fee
muddy
4 months ago

Got in during an unseasonably warm day in January. Parking area was half empty, little chilly and wet but beautiful.

rock climbing
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Great trail

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
scramble
6 months ago

Great hike in and out, rocky scramble the last little bit, but totally worth it for the 360 views up top. I am giving 4 stars because trail was pretty crowded even for a cold day. Had to stop pretty regular to let people by. Will do this hike again though.

hiking
muddy
rocky
6 months ago

Great hike. Crowded but manageable. Good colors. Fun to climb the rocks at the top. App says it is 5 miles but my garmin watch says 6. Driving directions from the app didn’t load.

Breath taking views. Lots of hiking groups coming down the trail that we had to let pass. Very crowded at the top when we went, but still worth it for the views and experience! I’ve done a few trails in this park and this is by far the most breath taking. Very cold and windy at the top - bring gear if you plan to hang out long!!!

The old rag trails are closed to animals so we had to hike the fire road, kind of boring. Lots of huge piles of horse crap on he trail. Pretty annoying.

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome quick, but rigorous route up Old Rag! A little annoying when going against the Old Rag Loop crowds on the way up, but beyond worth it.

hiking
8 months ago

Up and down trail. Good effort going up. Easier going down. Well worth the trip. Great view up top.

hiking
muddy
rocky
8 months ago

Amazing trail! I took a detour to cover other recommended spots. Would recommend you guys to do this trail clockwise! Lot of flies and bugs so make sure u have a sunglass with minimum tint! I kept swatting the tiny flies with my eyelid

Great alternative to some of the longer treks to Old Rag Summitt from the east side. Six miles round trip from the parking lot... 3 miles uphill, then 3 down. Great 360 views once on the summit and trail in very good condition.

Great hike to get my hiking legs going again. Steady climb from the parking lot to the summit. Summit views were amazing! Perfectly clear, warm day. Trail is mostly shaded and well marked. Wasn’t overly crowded but 2 groups of people brought their dogs (not permitted) and they didn’t pick up after them! Grossness right in the trail. Ferns and Columbine flowers were gorgeous. Saw a snake crossing the path and at the end, a bear!

hiking
Tue May 07 2019

great moderate trail. 3 1/2 hours out and back with a short lunch at the summit.

Didn’t get to the summit because it started to thunder so I turned around. Got most of the way and it was pretty empty because most people go the ridge trail

hiking
Mon Apr 29 2019

Beautiful hike! Start early in the morning, we started at about noon and we ran out of time to get back before dark. We absolutely loved it

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
Sun Mar 10 2019

hiking
Mon Dec 24 2018

Used this as a first time out training hike with our kids (14-18) working toward building up to longer overnight hikes heading into the spring. It was a bit challenging for them with the rocky steep sections getting close to the summit in the rain/wind with loaded packs, but they all enjoyed the accomplishment once reaching the top. Given the time of year and weather we had the mountain/summit all to ourselves which was fun on what is otherwise a busy popular trail in milder weather.

hiking
Mon Nov 12 2018

If you only want to spend a few hours (4 hours or so) hiking Old Rag this is the quickest way to the top. You can Google Maps "Berry Hollow parking" and it will take you exactly to the parking area. It's true the lot only has space for about 10-12 cars but I think this method of getting to old Rag is unknown enough that you should be able to find parking. I say this because you will be entering using the fire road in the back and that involves driving to the west side of the mountain. A bit obscure. I went there on Veterans Day at 11:30am and had no trouble parking in the tiny lot and got back to my car at 4:30pm You don't get to do any of the obstacle courses that makes this one of the best hikes in the country, but instead think of it as a way to get an inexperienced hiker to the top for that wonderful panorama. There are no jumps, hurdles, no need to help anyone getting pulled up, nothing. It's just a moderate uphill walk even a 10 year old could do.

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