Humpback Rocks and Dobbie Mountain is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nellysford, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.0 miElevation gain1,729 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE: Blue Ridge Parkway is subject to seasonal closure. For more information, please visit https://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/roadclosures.htm. When Blue Ridge Parkway is closed, you can park on Howardsville Turnpike and walk about 1.2 miles on the Parkway to the trail.

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Raphael Viegas
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dan pott Pott
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HikingIcyRocky

the ascent to the Humpback rocks was cheeky but the views seriously paid off! the trail was covered by thick ice in areas so had to come off in parts. the rest of the hike was OK but nothing to write about. I would do the humpback rocks and squeeze in a different one the bit around Dobie mountain wasn't that great.

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Hikeandahalf .
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This is a great day hike right off of the Blue Ridge and only a few miles from I-64. If you decide to only go to the Humpback Rocks it is .8 miles from the parking lot. It is a steep climb (1000ft gain) but it has benches along the way for rest. My girlfriend and I did this trail clockwise starting on the Jack Albright trail. We did this to save the summit for last. I thoroughly enjoyed Glass Hollow Overlook. I did a very short YouTube video highlighting the views and scenery titled Humpback Rocks Virginia | Day Hike

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Jay Yeman
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Richie Steinwand
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Great walk through the woods. The uphill second half is a good workout, but not crazy. The first half was nearly empty, the rocks at the top are super crowded. Went clockwise but don't think it matters much unless you prefer getting the uphill and crowds out of the way quickly at the beginning.

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Candler Brooks
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The crash site is next to the switchbacks on Dobie Mountain. Three men died in the 1964 crash of a Beechcraft Bonanza. Today all that is left is crumpled scraps of the fuselage

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Isaac Harris
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great trail challenging but not too hard

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Jen W
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Hiked clockwise starting at 8am on a Thursday morning. Didn't see or even hear anyone until I made it all the way around to Humpback Rocks, then it was crowded. I hiked for the plane wrecks; very easy to find the Beechcraft with leaves down. Took a little side trek to the other wreck down the AT. Good hike overall with good mountain views with leaves gone. Glad I went clockwise, as the very steep descent from the rocks back to the parking lot did not look fun for the crowds coming up!

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Stephanie James
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Emma Gesiriech
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Rock climbingMuddyRocky

Really awesome. A bit challenging at times but if you're into that kind of thing than you'll love it! You'll walk through, in, and across small streams, navigate lots of rocks.

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Keith Morehart
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BackpackingGreat!RockyScramble

The trail was beautiful and the over looks at the rock were awe-inspiring, but there were a bunch of people out there today. We started with the Dobbie Mountain loop then ended up at Humpback Rock. It was nice to do a majority of the hiking first and end with the pay-off. If I did it the other way, I would probably get there early though to avoid the crowd and enjoy the rest of the hike back to the parking lot. Can't really go wrong either way though. Finally, thanks to the Old Dominion AT volunteer out there clipping and trimming back brush to make the trail so nice.

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scott tompkins
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did hike clockwise late aug weekday. arrived at noon. parking lot almost full. humpback overlook is main attraction near end of loop. very snakey. lots of gnats. typical AT trail most of way. lots of downhill on loose gravel on way back down after humpback.

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Riley Ambrose
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Humpback rocks is the main attraction. We hiked this on 5/30/20. The fog was amazing resting in the valleys. There is not really an overlook at Dobbie Mountain. There is one of the way. Plenty of water on the trail. Always good to see the white blazes of the AT.

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Rick Fleming
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HikingBlowdownMuddy

Trail is open now. Light rain kept the crowds at bay today, but the fog made for low visibility and the trail was pretty muddy in places. Still a worthwhile hike.

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Chris Denby
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HikingIcyRocky

did this trail counter clockwise, the hike up to humback is steep and was a bit icy today. got there today on a wednesday around 10:30 and there was only 1 other car in the lot, so we had the overlook on the rocks to ourselves. combined the jack albright loop with the humpback loop, make sure you stop at the glass hollow overlook on the albright trail, i see a few of these reviews saying there is no view on this trail but I enjoy this overlook more than humpback honestly the view of the mountains is awesome and is way less trafficked there is a sign posted for this overlook on the trail.

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Miguel Soto
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HikingOff trailRocky

Personally really enjoyed this hike. Short (2 mi), intense and a rewarding view waiting for you. Very WINDY at the top, dress warmly if it’s cool/cold (we went at the end of November) Hiking shoes definitely advised, could do it carefully with sports shoes. The trail was pretty rocky and a little muddy.

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Jay Huggins
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Arrived mid-morning on a cool, foggy Sunday and was surprised that the parking area was only half full. We did the route counter-clockwise which means essentially no warm up before the ascent. The view from Humpback Rocks was a bit obscured but beautiful in its own way. Similarly, the low clouds modified the Glass Hollow overlook. Saw one black bear cross our path well ahead of us and scampered away. Overall, a great, easily accessible hike with plenty of wineries nearby as a reward for completion.

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Philip Kempf
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Combined Albright and Humpback Rock Loop to create 7.5 mile loop. Humpback definitely the highlight of the loop, even though it was crowded on this nice September Day.

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Sophie Marie
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Hiking

Trail sans aucun intérêt à par la vue incroyable qui se trouve sur Jack Albright. Un conseil, partez sur la gauche, allez voir la vue et revenez sur vos pas.

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phil schulte
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Great loop to get some good elevation on a shorter run. As others have done, I went clockwise. Most sections were easy to run - trails were clear and not overly technical except for a few parts. There was a black bear along the trail but didn't bother anyone - just foraged along the side. The humpback rocks section was pretty busy but worth checking out for some good views.

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Herb Finch
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Arrived at the trailhead about 8:30 AM and parking was no problem despite being a holiday. Did the loop clockwise with lots of runnable sections. The Rocks at the top were crowded, so I didn't stop long. Expect the short/steep Humpback Rocks section to be crowded, but the Dobbie Mountain and other sections have few hikers and make the trip more than worth it! No problems with ticks or biting flies!

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Brooke Reamer
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Dobie mountain/Jack Albright loop were okay. My dog and I had the trail to ourselves, and my dog loved this part of the trail. Humpback Rocks was awful. I expected it to be crowded because it was a Saturday, but it was way overcrowded. Hopefully it's better during the week. I ended up carrying my dog almost the entire way because it was the only way for us to get by the huge groups of people. There were toddlers and small children running and screaming everywhere. One kid slung a stick at my dog (probably not on purpose...there were just kids going wild). Part of the trail is fairly wide but a lot of it is very narrow and very rocky, making it difficult to pass people coming in the other direction. I felt extremely crowded in. Once at the top, there were so many people sitting, as well as climbing up and down the rocks, I barely got a view. At this point, I wanted nothing more than to get out of that place. Again, hopefully it's not always that bad. It would be okay without the crowds. Dobie mountain was boring for me, because it was just woods with tons of bugs flying into my eyes and ears with no good views, but my dog enjoyed it.

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RM Cal
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Wonderful trail. Most people do the 2-mile out-and-back from the parking lot to the rocks. The backside of the trail is nice and empty. Would recommend.

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