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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.

Length 7.4 mi Elevation gain 1,692 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wildlife

Rocky

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PLEASE NOTE: that parking space in the parking lot is very limited. It there’s no parking in the parking lot, we do not recommend parking in any of the unmarked dirt patches along the main road. They aren’t marked with no parking nor private property signs but you may get towed. Nice panoramic view. Hiking boots or shoes with ankle support recommended as the second half of the trail is rocky. Get there early as possible. Parking space is limited. Don't park on the side of the road (on grass) or along private property. Your car will get either towed or ticketed. Another option is to start your trail from Signal Knob Trailhead since parking is limited at the Buzzard Rock Trailhead. This hike is only 2 miles from parking lot to view and you can choose to continue to from there.

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Reviews (428)
Photos (587)
Recordings (333)
Completed (740)
Gray Barrett
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Nice hike and trail, great views as well! We got to the trailhead at 11am or so and snagged the last spot (luckily).

Chris Styer
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Hiking

Excellent hike beautiful views. Easy to follow trail

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Missy Pressman
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Hiking

Awesome hike! beautiful views. great rocks along the ridge. I can see why it is rated hard.

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satish Gattadahalli
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We got to the parking lot around 7:45 am. We didn't have issues parking, given Parking lot can hold no more than 20 cars. Great hike. We did about 6 miles round trip. Views, cliffs, rock formations are spectacular. A treat for nature lovers and avid hikers. Not many people on the trails. Most hikers were conscious about fellow hikers and wore masks. Not far from DC or NOVA. There are no water sources. Carry lot of water. Saw lot of wild blueberries along the way. enjoy!

Sana V.
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Hiking

Great hike with no crowds. We hiked about 2.5 miles one way and turned back. Lots of cool spots to take in the views and maybe enjoy a snack. Parking wasn’t a problem at all but it is a relatively small lot.

Amy Orlando
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Hiking

I really enjoyed this trail. My favorite part was the first 3 miles or so. But after the summit if you keep going a bit further there is a really nice overlook on the other side. After that overlook, there isn’t much else.

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Krystal W
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Great trail not too far from DC. We arrived at 8 am on July 3rd and were the 4th or 5th car in the parking lot. It was a 90+ degree day but starting early, the shade on the trail, and the breeze made this doable. I'd say a previous reviewer's comment of "moderate plus" is spot on. The ascent is more gradual than it appears in the elevation profile but definitely tough in spots. Great views from along Buzzard Rocks. Views are best early on but we enjoyed the whole trail. We completed the hike all the way to the trail junction. Next time, I'd probably stop at the summit (there a large stone "bench" after the summit that would make a good turnaround.). Not a good choice for anyone who's afraid of heights. No water sources.

Michael Newton Jr.
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Robert Wayler
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HikingRocky

Great hike. About 1.5 miles in you hit the rocks. Good hiking shoes will make the hike through the rocks much easier. I thought the hike was more on the moderate plus side. Great views from several different spots. Definitely recommend putting it on your to do list.

Althea Andrus
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Pam Herbert
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HikingRocky

I loved this hike. It was beautiful and the views on the way up were very nice. We went on a week day and only saw a few people. I will say that both my friend and I recorded more than the mileage stated-Maybe 8.25-8.5 miles instead of 7.4 Great work out with a steady incline on the way up

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Rebecca Faeder
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Hiking

6/24/20-Beautiful day to hike Buzzards Rock! We were first to the parking lot at 8:45. Only 6 or 7 people on the way back. Basically had the trail to ourselves. Our gps clocked in at 9.0 miles. We saw buzzard’s at the lookout which was pretty cool. The uphill to Buzzard Rock and beyond was good. Downhill tougher cuz you’re tired. Moderate for an experienced hiker, hard for a novice. This is an amazing hike. Will do in the spring when the wildflowers come out.

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Sarah F.
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HikingRocky

Really beautiful trail with the best views earlier on! Definitely a hefty and rocky ascent starting around mile 1.5-2.0, will feel your legs on the way back down. I wore hiking shoes rather than boots and felt adequately supported, but if you’re unsure of your footing I’d do more supportive footwear. As other reviewers have noted, the views along the ridge line are better earlier rather than closer to the peak itself. Recommend stopping for snacks and taking in the valley around mile 2-2.5! Also, DEFINITELY get there early. We reached the trailhead on a summer Saturday around 8:30, and we got the last spot in the lot.

Dan O'Brien
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HikingRocky

Beautiful trail: somewhat rocky, first half is all uphill. Awesome views from the ridgeline, lasting about a mile after the first turnaround (bt miles 1.5-2.5 or so). Bring lots of water! Nothing else crazy to report. Happy trails!

Alexey B.
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Hiking

Multiple beautiful views on both sides of the ridge, even in summer with the vegetation. The trail is extremely rocky from start to finish, so ankle support boots and poles could be useful protecting you from injury. Allow for extra time, because you could be moving relatively slowly through the rocks. Parking is small indeed, but at 8 am on a weekday I was the only one there, and I started seeing people on the trail only on my way back after noon.

Forrest Owens
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Hiking

Really pretty and relatively easy hike! It gets really craggy around the 2 mile section which makes it tough, but it also provides some great views! If there’s no parking at the parking lot, do NOT park in any of the dirt spots along the main road!!! They aren’t marked private property and don’t say no parking but they will still tow you! even though this is illegal and you’ll win in court since there’s no signage it’s really not worth the hassle.

Matthew Winer
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Brendan Conklin
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Hiking

Moderately difficult, beautiful picture opportunities, beautiful trail with few hikers.

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Jason Teramae
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Brett Libowitz
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Hiking

Nice hike! Thought there wld be an overlook at the top but the best view points are earlier on

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Ian McGregor
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HikingRocky

Really great views at the 2 mile marker like the main description says! We hiked to the first peak, but were disappointed to see there wasn't really a viewpoint. Otherwise, a good hike to get you breathing, but make sure you have sturdy shoes! And of course, get to the parking early and ideally have a smaller car.

Abi Nelson
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Amazing views and fun, rocky, uneven terrain. But, parking is horrendous. Brought a manual truck and there is no where near enough space to maneuver. Moral of the story: bring a small, automatic car.

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Giovonni Gifft
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HikingMuddyRocky

You’ll absolutely love the views. Bring the right shoes! This trail is rocky & sometimes the markings are hard to find while you are passing the great overlooks. I loved the trail! We finished Buzzard rock and continued on another trail. See more pictures and videos on my IG @Giovonnigifft

Audrey Whittington
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Hiking

Loved it!! Great exercise!

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