Buzzard Hill via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 182 reviews

Buzzard Hill via Appalachian Trail is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bluemont, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
790 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

muddy

rocky

Great hike along part of the Apalachian Trail to the summit of Buzzard Hill. Along the way you'll experience a stream crossing, 2 ridge climbs, a very unique water fall with lots of interesting features, and the ruins of a cabin. The hike is loaded with 3 possible campsites, 1 equipped with a fire circle. The chance to view wild flowers, and water fauna are ever present in this hike.

hiking
4 days ago

Completed this hike today. The road to get to the small parking area is bumpy dirt road and as someone else mentioned in an earlier review, the address takes you to someone's house so you have to keep going about 0.3-0.5 miles from the address listed. Didn't see too many people along the trail, so it was nice and relaxing. The "waterfall" is more of a stream than what I would consider a waterfall, but still pretty. Most of the trail I would rate as easy with a few moderate sections. At Buzzard Hill there is a small overlook and right now the wild blueberry bushes are blooming.

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful hike along the Appalachian Trial. We brought our dog along and we really enjoyed the nature and waterfall along the trail. The waterfall is about 0.8 miles into the hike. When going to the overlook, make sure you continue past the small camping site with a fire circle that is situated on the right (near the top of the mountain) and trek ~50 feet further and up the rocks to the left. A few hikers we came across weren't able to find it the first time around. We came early July and the temperature was high 70s and the shade was very welcome the entire hike!

hiking
7 days ago

The correct GPS address for the trailhead at the start of the hike is 39.072126, -77.912143. There is a small parking area on the north side of the road. White rectangular paint blazes (6 inches high by 2 inches wide) mark the Appalachian Trail.

The address currently listed (1948 Morgans Mill Rd., Bluemont, VA 20135) is a private driveway. The trail crossing is 0.3 uphill from this location.

9 days ago

scenic

10 days ago

Quite a nice trail for moderate work out. The only stopping places are a small water fall along the way and the end point mountain view. (You might see more waterfalls after the rains ). But you will have plenty of trees , shade and mountain rocks to climb over . Nice peaceful trail in the forest . Enjoyed it and wouldn’t mind doing it again.

12 days ago

It was a nice hike. The falls were a bit small.

29 days ago

Loved this hike! We spent a lot of time bouldering around the falls. Great hike for dogs too.

hiking
1 month ago

A very enjoyable hike, albeit on a very rainy day. The first two or two and a half miles or so were still passable, especially for those with waterproof hiking boots. We weren't able to finish once the trail became completely washed out. Got to experience some wildlife, beautiful views, and lots of rivers and creeks.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful waterfall region. Trail was flooded in a few places with heavy mud but passable. Beautiful summit that has unfortunately been tainted by idiots who have decided to use a perfect viewing point for a toilet. Just don’t get some people. Haven’t they heard of the Outdoor Code.

hiking
1 month ago

great hike! The waterfalls were beautiful! A must go

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail, we were a little worried about the storms brewing so didn’t see much of the falls except where we crossed them because we wanted to make sure we had enough time to get out and back. With the recent rains the trail was very muddy and slippery after the falls. The views were obscured by the tree line and the snakes on the rocks made us a little uneasy. We saw two campsites along the way and several people doing a partial AT hike. The road up is gravel and initially made us think we made a wrong turn but the directions on the app were spot on. It actually turned out to be 4.4 miles

1 month ago

Eh, took the kids (1 and 9) on this one. It’s a nice little part of the AT but we weren’t especially taken by it. A large tree had come down on the trail about .2 mile from the top, so we didn’t get to the top. It’s closer to NOVA than SNP, but SNP trails are worth the slightly longer drive.

1 month ago

very cool trial, waterfall and a great view at the top

2 months ago

Trail is just as described. It was moderately busy on a Saturday in May. The waterfall is one of the best in the area and the view from the summit was nice. The gravel road in is a little steep and rutted in places. There were several dogs off leash—all friendly. We’ll definitely do this one again.

2 months ago

The waterfall is gorgeous right now! Continue past it just under a mile for the view.

hiking
2 months ago

Great out and back with a fun, small series of waterfalls to explore and a beautiful vantage point at the end. Great for kids who like to hike and rock scramble. Well groomed and marked trails and easy parking.

hiking
3 months ago

Went with 5 kids ages 1-14 and a dog. Everyone loved it. Not too busy. Beautiful waterfall and scenery.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice day hike. With a few hills along the way, it makes the hike interesting but not too difficult for groups. There was a creek with falls along the way which was fun to explore. Check out bears den nearby for a much more expansive view.

3 months ago

Easy less than 4 miles hike. Easy to find and well marked. The view from Buzzard’s Hill gives you an almost 270 degree view below.

3 months ago

Great hike for kids! Lots of rocks for them to explore and the waterfall was very nice. Look forward to coming back!

hiking
4 months ago

Great little trail. Went with my son to explore the waterfall and we were both impressed by it; much better than expected. We also loved the boulders and rock formations. Nice flora, too. Great place for a family hike where the kids can have some fun exploring. Will be back.

4 months ago

Very Moderate hike....love the water fall.

5 months ago

Loved this trail!

7 months ago

Great trail. New to the area and was very pleased on how good it was. Was snowing which made it a bit more difficult but fun.

hiking
7 months ago

Did this hike as part of the so-called “Roller Coaster” - a 13 mile long AT section between Route 50 and Route 7. The Buzzard Hill Trail is second most fun part of the Roller Coaster. #1 is the Bear’s Den Trail. These two high points are the only places on this trail that offer views.

hiking
8 months ago

Gorgeous hike. Perfect for kids. Loved the waterfall and woods!

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8 months ago

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9 months ago

Fun rocky trail through the woods. Couple steep rocky sections to get your heart rate up a bit. Few huge rocks where you will see people doing some free climbing, right after you cross over the little stream running across trail.
Gravel road into the trail is not wide enough for two cars to pass so you will have to pull off in areas where there is room to let others pass. Keep your eyes on the road and off your cell phone. It's very steep in some sections with lots of bumps and dips, so leave your stanced cars at home. Parking is off the side of the gravel road.

hiking
9 months ago

Challenging trail ... I can see why this section is known as the roller coaster.

10 months ago

Really great spur of the moment hike with my 10 year old. The steps at the beginning might put some who are looking for an easier hike off, but once you get past them it's a wonderful moderate trail through forest with lots to see. Going back again soon for another go!

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