Humpback Rocks Recreation Area is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lyndhurst, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.8 miElevation gain780 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingBird watchingForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyScramble
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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. Fun hike and a great view at the top. Poles would be helpful to bring.

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Jim & Christine Stephens
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Went clockwise. Very very foggy. Only see about thirty feet in front. No view at top but loved every minute of the life of nature. Nice day people would probably be over whelming.

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Kelly Lynn
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BEAUTIFUL!!!! Worth the hike!!

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Abby Myhre
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We explored 2 plane clashes on this 11 mile hike. Rocky with lots of elevation change but overall a nice hike. Crashes are hard to find once foliage grows in.

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Karli Bryant
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The trail splits about halfway up, while it’s a bit faster to go left it’s significantly steeper. The actual trail is to the right, but either option gets you to the top just fine.

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Marc Lyman
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Blazed our own little loop. Didn’t get the whole thing but still made it to the payoff.

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Danny Wendt
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Short enough that we did this after a longer hike in the morning/early afternoon. I have to imagine it would be a great spot for a sunset, but we were a bit early for that. We turned right for what turned out to be a short cut to the top; apparently you are supposed to go straight and down hill at the split. We took the official trail back down. The views are amazing up top; a great place to hang out. We also hiked up to the AT with hopes of making it to the Humpback Mountain peak, but our crew was too tired, so we turned around fairly quickly.

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Logan Price
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Don’t do this after hitting leg day in the gym.

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Richie Cae Novelles
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Jim Kelly
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Emily Heltzel
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The views were beautiful! It was a little muddy but overall, completely doable. I had read that if the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed, you can still get to the hike by walking about 1.2 miles on the parkway. I’m not sure if more of the parkway was closed than is typical, but we ended up walking a little over 4 miles before even starting the hike. (I’m not ruling out the possibility that I missed something, but I wanted to flag the possibility for others!) That said, it was a beautiful 60 degree Sunday and we more or less had the hike to ourselves— worth the extra ~8 miles!

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Joe Keffer
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Pretty steep and gets a little muddy/slippery. Incredible view at the top, one of my favorite hikes along the Blue Ridge Parkway (October 2020)

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Alick Kio
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Lebert Shifflett
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Awesome hike. A little icy in spots but just take your time and watch your footing and all will be well.

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Jessica Hawkins
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Very icy and some added miles from the road being closed but totally worth the trek.

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Ashley Dunn-Jalenak
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Attempted to get there by the Howardsville Turnpike, since the Blue Ridge Parkway was closed. There was a large tree down on the Turnpike so we couldn’t get there

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Pete Mills
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Blue Ridge Parkway was closed. Parked on Howardsville Turnpike and walked about 1.2 miles on the Parkway to the trail. Great hike, though it snowed the day before and it was quite icy on the upper trail. The last half mile was pretty slick , especially on the way down. Wish we had brought the hiking sticks. Views at the top are spectacular. Will do this again in the spring or summer. 5.7 miles including the walk along the Parkway.

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Zach Daniel
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Went with our 3 kids. Very icy in spots, and crowded. Counted 61 people we passed on the way up (yea, I counted, I’m weird). We took the long route along the AT back, which was really great. We’ll always go that way in future hikes. Total distance was 4.4 miles. Fun hike and a great view at the top.

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Conner Sankey
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Bryan Stevenson
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Great hike. Steep and q little muddy, but not bad. Not too crowded on a winter weekday.

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Jason Hollinger
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The Blue Ridge Parkway was closed so the hike began a couple miles before the designated parking area. After walking along the closed Parkway, which in itself was cool, the hike to “the rocks” was indeed very steep and icy in spots but so worth it.

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tatiana mauri
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Very good hike. A little slippery on the way up with the ice. but beautiful views. loved it

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Jessie Marshall
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This is a great hike that’s on the shorter side but with a lot of elevation for how short it is! Beautiful views at the top but it gets crowded very quickly, especially on weekends.

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Mike Melton
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Awesome

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Katie Lee
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First, there is a part of the Blue Ridge Parkway that is closed off and it is the section that leads to the trailhead. We ending up going on a roundabout gravel road path to get to an area that was open and found cars parked near a closer closed off area. It was about 1.5 mile walk to the trailhead and then we started the ascent. It was fine until the stairs. After the stairs, there are some icy patches. We were able to off road a bit and find ways around it, but be careful of random ice patches and loose rocks. Once you get to the top, it is absolutely BREATHTAKING. We did it around 2 pm on a Friday afternoon, so there really wasn’t anyone there which was nice.

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Courtney Stephenson
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Sections of ice, but still manageable. Definitely windy and chilly. Only a handful of people late morning on a Wednesday.

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Sarah Woods
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Mike Jacques
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Grueling .9 miles up and 800 ft of elevation gain. That was the awesome part. However, this peak was waaaay over crowded (weekend in November). Hardly any room to sit, explore, move. Someone put up their drone which took away from just being in nature.

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