Buzzard Rock

HARD 134 reviews

Buzzard Rock is a 7.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Strasburg, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,692 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

hiking
4 hours ago

Went on this hike last month. Don’t be mistaken by the first nice view. Make your way to the ridge line for great views. Good for a day when you need a good hike, but don’t have all day!

hiking
24 days ago

Great hike and nice views along the hike. The campsite is about 1 mile in and the first overlook about 1.5 miles. Then the ridgeline rocks are at about 2 miles in and go for another quarter mile. We turned around at 2.2 miles and thoroughly enjoyed the views at the top. It is very rocky terrain however I would not classify this as Hard or Expert. Steep in some places but easy going overall. The tree canopy blocks a lot of the views east, we plan to come back in the winter for more views.

1 month ago

The trail is full of very sharp rocks. It seems not supposed to be too hard but very tired because of rocks.
Buzzard Rock was great, has nice view and plenty of space to take a break to enjoy view.
But after Buzzard Rock there was not much to enjoy. The forest is somehow very damp. There were so many mushrooms but also so many BUGS were following whole trail. Some thorns and all other kinds of vegetation were across the trail, that scratch pants, arms and face. They hold on my poles, annoying on the trail.
Moss has formed on almost every rocks with spiders which made us to hesitate to sit on.
Plus, there was no real view from Buzzard Rock to summit. So we ended up back and out at 3 miles(total 6 miles).

It's nice trail overall but if I try it again, I will try to buzzard rock and enjoy sunset and come down.

camping
1 month ago

Amazing trail with an even greater view, it has a small camping spot at the bottom of the mountain that is a good place a for multiple tents, at the top of the mountain you can find several places to set up hammocks and wake up with a picture perfect morning. 10/10

trail running
3 months ago

The scenery is great! It’s a rocky trail but there are some areas that give your feet some rest. I wouldn’t rate this as hard though, probably on the harder side of moderate but not hard. Also, I’ve hike this trail twice and it is not 7.1 miles, it is over 8 miles.

4 months ago

Short and pretty easy hike with pretty great views.

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty trail of moderate difficulty. My 9-year old was up for it, with minimal complaining. Came across lizards, toads, and -- beware -- a copperhead in what looked like its regular den, beneath a rock, square in the middle of the trail, probably 100 to 150 yards above the overlook at the northeastern end of the ridge.

5 months ago

Very good hike, just decent views. The views are on the way up. The end is just where a few trails come together.

hiking
5 months ago

Only did the 4 mile( 2 in, 2 out) fairly simple. lots of trees to provide shade

hiking
6 months ago

Moderate ascent to first view of valley to north. As progress to Buzzard Rock, trail rocky and narrows. Great mountain views to both east and west when no foliage; otherwise west side has the views. Easy access to trail.

6 months ago

First 2.5 miles are great. Last 1.5 miles of the out and back were nothing special in terms of views, but a great workout. Really beautiful forest and rock formations throughout. Not my favorite hike in the area, but not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon. About 3 hours (with stops) round trip. As others have mentioned the trail is very rocky. Wear some sturdy shoes!

hiking
6 months ago

This is a great hike, and you are on the ridge line for most of it, so many opportunities for good views throughout. If you want to add about 2 miles and 1000 feet of elevation, start instead at Sherman Gap Trail, follow the trail up to the ridge line (you can see that path on the map All Trails provides) and then spend more time on the ridge line with great views. The best views are to the west, so to keep the sun at your back for photos, start by 8 or 9.

hiking
7 months ago

Got the the trailhead in the early afternoon on a Monday to find I was the only one in the parking lot. Didn't meet another hiker going out or back. First mile or so is pretty tame going through open forest. After that it begins to get a bit steeper. Once you reach the ridge the views are amazing the rest of the way. Particularly the views at Buzzard Rock. Truly spectacular for this area. At this point you can turn around if you'd like. You will find views of the surrounding mountains but none better than you've already seen, only ups, downs, and about 4 more miles round trip. I pushed on just to get the distance in. All in all it's a great hike with some solid views. Trail is a bit rocky so I couldn't push the pace as much as I liked. Took about two and a half hours total. I'd recommend shoes with ankle support. I recorded the hike and it was a cool way to keep track of your time, pace, and elevation but it drained my battery terribly so I doubt I'll use the feature again.

8 months ago

Great hike

hiking
9 months ago

One of my absolute favorite hikes!

backpacking
10 months ago

great views.

11 months ago

Great hike! Great views! BUT, DO NOT PARK ON THE STREET OR IN NEIGHBORING DRIVEWAYS The parking lot was full so we parked along the road along with a bunch of other people and we all got towed. $250 to get your car back!!!!!

11 months ago

Love this trail! Part 1 is easy then after the overlook it gets more challenging but very doable and great views!

hiking
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Nice trail with very scenic views along the top ridge. The trail is very sandy and loose at times, and cobbly and rocky at others. Once you reach the first overlook with views of the hatchery, it becomes a ridge hike with some interesting geologic features made of quartzose conglomerate. Not difficult due to steepness, but rather due to all the rocks. Most of the ten groups we saw hiked in sneakers, but I like my ankles, so I am glad we wore sturdy shoes. There were three discernable campsites along the trail. We started at 8 am on Sunday 9/17 and saw about ten other groups during our two hour hike.

hiking
Sunday, September 17, 2017

You can have a good workout. The views were ok, nothing amazing but still a good hike with different terrains to work with.
Mosquitoes repellent can be a good idea.

hiking
Monday, September 11, 2017

Place was beautiful. Passed a few other hikers and pups. Lots of rocks cover the path. Wear good shoes. About 2 miles in made it to a beautiful view. Continued up at this point you're mostly on boulders careful of footing. Spot to climb and great views of valley.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Amazing view

hiking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Nice hike with some good views. I'd rate it more on the moderate side of hard but you can still get a good workout.

hiking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Went on a solo hike today. did the whole out and back. Some great views. the overlook above the hatchery is beautiful. and buzzard rock is very pretty. Birds, lizards, turkeys and other wildlife out on the trail. a few small stream crossings in the first mile or so. Several camp areas and pre made fire pits. Not a difficult hike. moderate at best. Parking holds about 10 cars but its a bit rough if you only have a small car. Definitely recommend.

hiking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Went on a solo hike today. did the whole out and back. Some great views. the overlook above the hatchery is beautiful. and buzzard rock is very pretty. Birds, lizards, turkeys and other wildlife out on the trail. a few small stream crossings in the first mile or so. Several camp areas and pre made fire pits. Not a difficult hike. moderate at best. Parking holds about 10 cars but its a bit rough if you only have a small car. Definitely recommend.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

I think this trail is on the moderate side of hard if it can be rated as hard at all. The Buzzard Rocks is the half way point of the trail. The trail continues on after Buzzard Rocks for another 2 miles, but one can turn around at any point. The ridge line after the Buzzard Rocks has 3 uphill sections.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Great trail, nice maintained trail with great views and different terrain changes.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Great hike. Left mid afternoon and completed entire up in back route before dark. Lots of good views especially at the start of the ridge line. Two large boulders mark the end of the hike but we continued down to trail end before returning back to trail head.

hiking
Friday, December 16, 2016

My daughter and I went on a Wednesday morning in December. We were the only car in parking lot. And of course.....the views.

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