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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.

Length 65.9 mi Elevation gain 10,147 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Backpacking Camping Hiking Mountain biking Bike touring Running Forest Views Wildlife Over grown Rocky Historic site
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Mardy Simon
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HikingMuddyRocky
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Luke Jarrin
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HikingRocky

Completed the loop with my partner over 3 nights and 4 days. Gorgeous views within the Shenandoah Valley of the river, Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains. Terrific birding and summit views. The first 5 miles had multiple dropped clothing item from hikers or bikers, but trail is well marked by the orange route. Multiple fallen trees and pools of water on trail during elevation gains. There is a 16 mile stretch with no water source on East mountain side. Overall well maintained with campsites abundant in Northern corners. Did not find many campground in mid-sections North to Southwest or along ridges. Really loved the ecosystem, great birding and beautiful campsites. Would recommend!

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Sami Nourse
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Backpacking

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!!!

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Shooting Star
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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.

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

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Bradley Hawley
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Running
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