Great Massanutten Loop is a 65.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Strasburg, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 65.9 miles Elevation Gain: 10,147 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash




mountain biking

bike touring





over grown


historic site

4 months ago

I did this trail over five days in March 2019. The trail is very well marked until the last 2 miles or so, when we accidentally went down the wrong side of the ridge into a ravine (oops!). The biggest challenge with this trail is water. Be sure to bring lots of containers because there are long stretches with no water sources. I was able to find a nice PDF online with mile by mile instructions from a guide book, and that made everything very easy to plan logistically. There is one tough climb but otherwise it's not too strenuous. Some gorgeous ridge hiking and incredible lookouts. A few spots along the trail are popular with hang gliders and you can see why when you hike it. Especially love the variety of hiking. Some rocky ridges, some wooded areas, some meadows, some river crossing, some steep climbs, and some great overlooks. Not busy at all, we probably saw two people the entire time. Also lots of great campsites along the way. I recommend spreading the trip out into more than just 2-3 days, it's so beautiful, why rush? Highly recommend this hike!!!

5 months ago

I did this loop in early June 2017 in a 2 1/2 day backpacking trip (yes, they were long hard days). Convenient to park your car, hike 70 miles and return to it again, no complicated logistics. Plenty of wildlife. Plenty of ticks. Few people. Some sections we're overgrown - pushing through blackberries. Trail was in general rocky-ish but very few significant ascents or descents. Some sections we're fairly long without water.

Friday, November 17, 2017

A long week on the trail - very rocky and difficult in places.Long stretches with no water.

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