Calvary and Chimney Rocks Trail

EASY 22 reviews

Calvary and Chimney Rocks Trail is a 3.2 mile out and back trail located near Grottoes, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.2 miles
846 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly





wild flowers

3 months ago

This trail is underrated. It was an awesome hike! Nor would I say that it was easy, but it was really worth it.
Mile marker 90 on the south end of Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, Rip-rap parking lot. You find the board that describes the trail and go north/right on the Appalachian Trail, just about a half a mile. Then take a left at the cement post for Riprap trail. A little rugged, always bring water and good hiking boots makes it better. But the trail just gets better and better as you go. After about two miles, having passed Calvary and Chimney Rocks, you come to it what looks like a Canyon, huge rock formations!
If you like trees, the smell of the forest, rock formation, awesome views - this is a well worth hike. I took my time with brakes and a snack; it took me 3 hours round trip back to the parking lot. And I ain't no youngster.

4 months ago

View is decent but there are better trails. Not sure if I would do again.

7 months ago

Easy hike, nice pretty view points at both stops.

8 months ago

Nice gentle hike with spectacular views. We returned from Chimney Rock with the threat of a flash flood warning upon us. Able to return comfortably faster than the first stage of the hike to just beat the rain which may be useful info.

I know some folk have made negative comments but this is a bit harsh in our opinion. On another day, we'd probably do the longer loop, but we'd already done one hike that day, hence our choice. Hikes around and about here are all well marked so kudos to the authorities.

Friday, November 11, 2016

A moderately out and back easy hike to some interesting geological formations, starting from the Rip-Rap parking lot (on the west side) of Skyline Drive, at MP 90. Blue blazes mark the trail. There were no restrooms or port-o-pots at the parking lot.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Rewarding hike. The trails were narrow at times, but overall very well maintained. It is pretty rocky at times but never difficult.

We went over Labor Day and saw about 15 other groups hiking. I'm not sure if it's because we went over a holiday, or if the trail is usually very popular. We did see a bear on the drive in, but not during our hike. Keep an eye out for snakes, though. We did see a couple nonvenomous ones on the trail.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Access from SNP at Riprap Trail Parking area. The trail is part of the Riprap Trail, which is a 9.8 mile loop trail. Lovely views.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

The driving directions to this trail are not correct. This hike is apparently actually in SNP and accessible from Skyline Drive. Went on a wild goose chase trying to find it based of this page, and didn't find it at all. I tried to edit the trail info based on the info on the link below but it wouldn't update. Click the link for more accurate info as to where this hike is. I hope to actually hike it soon.

Monday, November 26, 2012

This is an easy hike. We were not sure at first where the overlook was and if we had made it to Calvary Rocks. If you continue past Calvary Rocks just about a half mile you will also come to Chimney Rocks. I suggest doing both when embarking on this adventure. Calvary Rocks is pretty amazing!

recorded Chimney Rock 1

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