Humpback Rocks Loop Via the Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 27 reviews

Humpback Rocks Loop Via the Appalachian Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wintergreen, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,049 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

From Interstate 64 you want to take the Blue Ridge Parkway south until you see the entrance to the Humpback Rocks parking lot on your left. The parking lot will be on your right if you are coming north.

8 days ago

I really enjoyed this hike yesterday (a Fri.) The ascent (counter-clockwise) to the peak is a workout, but definitely doable with some breaks. You do have to deal with a very rocky trail near the top, not a scramble, but probably challenging if not in decent shape. A bonus about this area is that another 3.2 loop (Jack Albright Trail) trailhead is accessible from the Humpback Rock trailhead parking lot. And you can add on to either as the AT is connected to both. The JAT loop was a perfect 2nd hike after doing the HR loop, basically a walk in the woods. Ranger mentioned that he estimated about 6 bears were active in the vicinity. Only saw many people on the up and back to the HR summit.

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1 month ago

This is a gorgeous trail and a fun way to get to the humpback rocks. Although this loop is longer (3 miles up instead of 1 mile up), it’s less strenuous than the steep, short, populated way to get up to the rocks. The total trail is 4.2 miles. This trail is mostly rock and can be a little wet so make sure you have proper shoes! This trail takes you through a beautiful forest path that zig zags up to the top and then you’ll follow the shorter path down (1 mile down) back to the parking lot. we went after a rainstorm and it was gorgeous being up there with the clouds! As an experienced hiker with a stop at the top for the view it took my 4 hours. Definitely a great hike!

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4 months ago

I’ve always gone straight up to the top of humpback but this is a great alternative if your just taking your time to get to the top. I finished the 4.1 miles I recorded in just under 2 hours and enjoyed the empty trails.

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7 months ago

This was a trail and view I was proud to have all to myself on an early Monday morning. This is an area well known for herds of people pollution, this is why I was amazed to have it all to myself! I tracked 4.4 miles around the Loop Trail using my GPS & Fitbit. I did the counterclockwise route. You can tell by the wore out areas on the amount of people that use this trail. The part of the trail to the A.T. are not used as much and is a very enjoyable route back to the parking area. If you want great pictures without people pollution go on a weekday and go early! I returned to the parking lot to see only one other car and another pulling in as I was stowing my gear!

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7 months ago

The hike was nice. We (seemingly, at least) went the reverse of most people and did the switchbacks first, then came down after the rocks, which I actually think was nicer.

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9 months ago

My family hiked this route without any issues. I had with me two children ages 6 and 7, and they handled it very well. I would suggest bringing some food and water, as it is a long trip with children. You climb up to the rocks from the parking lot following the .8 of a mile trail. From there you will head back a few hundred feet to a sign post which directs you to the A.T. Follow that up until you come to a intersection with the A.T. sign. From there you will just follow the A.T. north down the mountain until you meet the trail back to the parking lot. The trail was beautiful in October.

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