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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.

Length 3.7 mi Elevation gain 790 ft Route type Out & 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. Note: There is no legal parking for this trail. Please pay attention to the parking signs at the trailhead.

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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Ashley Hoard
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Took our 6 and 11 year old up to the falls and back which was about the right distance for them. Pretty trail and we didn't run into too many folks but we did go right after a morning of rain. Moderate is the right designation for this trail.

JonyLopez User
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Peaceful place...

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Tom J
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Hiking

Monday hike, had the trail to ourselves, low water, hot and humid but good little hike, mostly shade.

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joshua kelly
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Hiking

this was so much fun. it has a nice waterfall/ creek to cool down.

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Fiona Kelly
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Hiking

Nice trail but hard to find the side trail to the waterfalls. Had to follow the waypoints on alltrails and catch it on the way back. Saw a few other couples who also were having trouble finding the unmarked side trail.

Jane Ellis
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Nice hike. Got there at 7 am on a weekday and we were the only ones there. Got back around 9 and we were still the only one in a nice size parking area. I tried to put a picture up so you can see what the entrance to the parking looks like. But it won’t load. It’s a big area, though, so you shouldn’t miss it. Tree down and we had to crawl through it. Waterfall didn’t have a lot of water but was pretty

Jeff G.
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Joshua Kasevich
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Hiking

Nice quick hike. Use caution the last half mile of the road to get to the trail head, RT. 605 is a gravel road with some uphill parts. No big deal for a car, truck, or SUV. I drove me motorcycle out there and getting up wasn't bad, but riding back down the gravel road to back to paced roads was kind of squirrely. I am glad I took the chance in the bike and did the hike because the views are pretty awesome up top and the waterfall was cool to see. It was not heavily flowing like the picture in the All Trails App but it was still great to see. Definitely worth the trip, especially with how well traveled and easy to make out the trail.

thomas lamoureux
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Super fun little 4 miler. Plenty of parking on the side road. The main road is not paved and is steep in places, so I agree with those that recommended an SUV to get to the trailhead. On the trail, we came across some nice folks who told us to work up the stream for .1 miles to a little waterfall. Was a good opportunity for a family photo. Trail has some nice climbs, but nothing too strenuous. I had my 9 year old daughter with me and she loved it. She in fact did the last half mile as a trail run. Buzzard Hill doesn't provide much in the way of sweeping views, but it does offer a nice place to take a break and have a snack. Overall, its a great family hike if you are looking for some exercise without going nuts.

Astrid Unson
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Abby Taylor
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Echo Seven
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Stephanie Nitschke
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Very pretty waterfall! If you go all the way to the top there's not much to see as there's a lot of over growth in the way to see over. Rocky in places. Crossing the streams was easy, very shallow however it hasn't rained recently at the time of this hike. Watch the miss on the rocks as it was slick in spots. Very heavily traveled trail. Parking is limited and I'd recommend an SUV to get to the trail/parking area.

Maya McKean
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Kelley Dvorak
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Hiking

Great hike, some rocky scrambles during the first mile. Ok view from the top, some trees and brush get in the way of the view, but still very well worth it. Stopped at the waterfall on the way back, you have to take a different trail for that, but it is clear and pretty easy to climb up to the waterfall. Absolutely beautiful

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Jessica Aleshire
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really fun, but busy!

Red R.
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Great trail. Heavily wooded, and lots of up and down. Was there in the middle of the week and passed maybe 15 people. They all had masks which they put in when passing each other. All in all, it was a great mid-week hike.

AirbusMark User
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Hiking

The trail narrows, and not suitable for social distancing. Rocky, and can be slippery after a rain. The waterfalls are very small but make for a good place to take a rest or snack break.

Thomas Williams
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HikingRocky

Great trail for families. A bit rocky but with a waterfall payoff early en route or a decent lookout halfway through. Waterfall is to the right of the trail at the first water crossing.

D Rickard
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Hiking

Great trail with some brief rocky inclines. This morning was foggy, damp amd cloudy. The hike had a cool rainforest vibe. Give yourself some extra time to enjoy the waterfall especially if there has been rain recently.

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EC Dirks
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Hiking

Parking is back open. Loved this trail. Great ups and downs, the view at the top would be better late fall when the leaves have fallen. This is our short video if you're interested in this trail https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D1Yz_nJ0Mk

Erin W
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Hiking

We arrived at 9am and there were only a few other cars parked up on the dirt road. Around 12 there were probably 25-30, so we only saw a bunch of people as we came back down. Watch out for ticks! Went with a group of 6 adults and two dogs and we found 5 ticks amongst us (VERY tiny deer ticks on legs, stomach, in dog's ear) and we were on trails the entire time. Did see a snake as well but wasn't a rattlesnake. Kept looking for the waterfall but never found one- reading a recent review sounds like you have to venture upstream from the stream crossing. Nice hike.

Craig Shelby
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This trail is nice and well marked. Arrive early to get parking. The trail is easy but the blazes need updating. Quick hike at 10am. Came across 10-12 groups. Halfway to the top of Buzzard Hill you pass a stream. There is a trail that runs along it going uphill that will lead you to the falls in less than five minutes. At the top of BH there are ok views. Probably better in the fall and winter. A camping ring is also at the top that could accommodate three to five tents.

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