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Buzzard Hill via Appalachian Trail

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Bluemont, Virginia

Buzzard Hill via Appalachian Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily 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.

Length3.7 miElevation gain790 ftRoute typeOut & back
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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.

Bring bug spray. Bring plenty of water for the 2 strenuous sections and hiking poles or stick for the rocks and stream crossing There are lots of through hikers on the AT on this hike, so you may not find that much solitude present.

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vanessa leli
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the outlook is underwhelming, the trail is hilly, but not hard, kids can manage without problems, my kids liked it. the little waterfall is the best part and worth the hike. unlike the description from 'all trails', there is a legal parking lot. it is meant for about ten cars, but expect another 10 cars to try to fit. the dirt road (loose gravel) is two-way and it is hard to travel when lots of people are driving there, also hard if the weather is not ideal.

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Donna Cline
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This trail was okay. It might have been better when the leaves were at peak, or during summer. The view was okay, as was the waterfall. It wasn't a difficult hike by any means; there were some strenuous sections, but it was mostly flat. Be aware that the road getting to the parking lot is gravel and rather bumpy.

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Carlos Barillo
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Excellent. This is a short but challenging moderate hike. It’s well marked. Path is clear of leaves. It has more rocks than roots. Payola at the end is nice without the leaves blocking the ridge view. So many unmasked hikers. They clear the way for me to walk through but then I have to pass mouth breathers on both sides.

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Rose noland
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Conor Sipe
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Nidya Bauer
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Nice moderate workout. Well marked trail. Perfect!

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Nabiha Hassan
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Trail was great. It had bit of climbs which wasn’t that bad. It was moderate level hiking. It was beautiful with woods and waterfall. I was little disappointed with view. View was just ok! We liked the fall and climbing on the top of the fall. Fall is not very big but its pretty. You get to fall in of your hike which is good half way rest spot.

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Zachary Swain
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Steve Mansfield
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Daniel Mekonnen
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Conner Brightwell
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Jillian Herzog
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Thomas Moran
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In the last couple of weeks a new parking area has been created, room for probably 10 more cars in addition to the many spaces along the power lines.

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Devin McMonigle
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The trail is beginner to moderate. My wife and I (with baby in the carrier) walked to and enjoyed the little water fall area on a beautiful November morning.

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Kevin Hawryluk
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brian kearney
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Christopher Cabrera
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Reggie K
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Natalie Platero
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Cold! Started at 8:30, made it back to parking by 10:30, rocky. Could’ve used hiking poles but it was still good, I’d like moderate hike in some areas but overall easy hike. Enjoyed it

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Gabriella Taylor
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Chris D
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Beautiful late October foliage, with just enough leaves down to give us a pretty good view at the summit. It was rainy and cold all day but we caught a lucky break in the weather and still ran into 6-7 groups of people, all of whom were well behaved with masks. I can imagine this walk being absolutely slammed in good weather. There were two very rocky spots which gave my 4 year old a challenge, but very manageable for families overall, though I wouldn't recommend it as a first hike for kids. We had a blast at the waterfall, even though it was very low - make the time for it especially if you're walking with kids. Logistically, I'd echo other comments about access: the trailhead is on a dirt road; it's habited and well maintained, but low set cars will bottom out at times. There is plenty of parking on the side with power lines off the road - don't park on the road itself. As others have said, the views aren't breathtaking, but the walk itself is a legitimately lovely stroll through the woods that offers a decent workout. I would happily return.

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Olivia Prillaman
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Kevin Cowden
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Great trek. Take care when wet

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William Lefbom
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Uphill, you’ll definitely break a sweat. It was a fall Saturday at 60° and the leaves are turning so probably the most crowded day of the year. Lots of kids, lots of dogs but a nice hike it took us two hours with about three stops to look at the sites. Definitely a dirt road getting in. It would be nice to have a four wheel or all wheel drive for the last mile and a half

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Margo Pryzby
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Brendan Russell
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Dennis H
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moderate with difficult spots.

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Volodymyr Hartsev
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