Buzzard Hill via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 126 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

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.

4 hours ago

Loved this trail!

1 month 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.

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1 month 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.

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2 months ago

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

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3 months ago

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3 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.

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3 months ago

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

4 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!

5 months ago

My family and I really enjoyed this trail. The waterfall at the top was definitely worth the extra climbing.

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5 months ago

I went with my boyfriend and dog and we had a wonderful time. It was a good difficulty with inclines and declines. We did some extra walking up and around the waterfall area and my dog walked around and waded in some of the deeper water areas. At the end, we climbed up some rocks to get a better view of the over look, well worth it. We plan on camping there sometime soon!

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5 months ago

Great up and down trail with great scenery. Lots of wildlife moving about and very active streams with the rain picking up.

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6 months ago

a bit difficult access, but a nice little hike, not too tough, nor too easy, loved the nice creek area you pass

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6 months ago

Great hike. Was hoping for a rain to make the falls more exciting.

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7 months ago

My husband and I enjoyed this hike. Trail is shaded, well maintained (part of the AT), some rocky areas, small stream crossings with plenty of rocks, lovely waterfall, and pretty views of the valley at the top. This out and back is a good combination of uphill and down both ways with neither one being overly tiring. Great short hike. Not the best we have done but certainly enjoyable.
Make sure you take the unmarked trail to the right when you get the the stream so you don't miss the waterfall!
There are pull off areas to park along the the gravel road across from the trailhead. We were there on a Wednesday and had no problem parking.

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7 months ago

Did this hike today! It was exactly the length it said! When you get to the top there is a small overlook, but keep going a shot ways and then down a small path to the right to a beautiful overlook! Right before you get to the end it is kind of steep and rocky so be careful with your steps. The waterfall was pretty :)

7 months ago

Alltrails lists this hike as 6.3 miles. However, the app recording showed my out/back hike yesterday as 3.6 miles (including the short spur to the waterfall). Also, if you have a regular passenger car with little clearance (like mine) and are traveling west on Route 7 to get to the trailhead, I would recommend getting off at River Road rather than taking Blue Ridge Mountain Road. That saves a good distance on the bumpy gravel road.

7 months ago

Love this hike and the waterfall!! May 2017 with Karen

9 months ago

Trail was amazing. Take the time to visit the waterfall- it doesn't disappoint!!

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

The milage here is actually incorrect it's like an out and back x 2. The waterfall is pretty cool but you could miss it if you don't look around . It was super foggy so I'm sure that plays into it . If you want some serious leg work go down the other side of buzzard hill and go to the next climb and back . Pretty climby sobo on buzzard hill. I dig the area though and will try it again .

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Friday, December 30, 2016

short. easy. nice waterfalls

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