Humpback Rocks Recreation Area

MODERATE 491 reviews

Humpback Rocks Recreation Area is a 1.7 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 is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.7 miles Elevation Gain: 790 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

hiking
1 hour ago

Great hike. Amazing sunset view.

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rocky
scramble
3 hours ago

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rocky
4 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

constant incline but has a rewarding view at the top.

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rocky
16 days ago

Diffucult the first time I went but it was easier the second trip. Rocky in some spots. The view was awesome!

hiking
17 days ago

Challenging trail with an awesome view.

Great but that’s an uphill trail! Unfortunately there were too many ppl there to go out on the rocks. On the other hand, while the trail was good for my dog, I wouldn’t have gone out in the rocks with him bc he’d likely get distracted and pull me over the edge. That’s a training issue for me!

hiking
17 days ago

Great views at the top and quick trail. Great for breaking a sweat but not wasting the whole day on a hike. Sign says 40 minutes to the top but I do it in 25 regularly (without stops). When at the rocks, the right side is easier to manage and safer, so I would recommend to stay right at the top with children.

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rocky
19 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

Very steep, straight up, good cardio workout! Glad it was well marked as certain places are narrow and rocky and hard to tell if it's part if the trail. The view at the top makes it all worth it...beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

It’s pretty much straight up, but well worth the climb! I enjoy going in the morning with some coffee to catch the sunrise :)

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

The view from the overlook makes the considerable hike up well worth the effort. The trail beagle had little problem with the terrain and, had I allowed, wanted to go over the top. Great trail, not too crowded, and a view that reminds one just how small we really are.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent, mucho bugs and flies.

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rocky
1 month ago

National Park Service rates this trail as strenuous. AllTrails rates it as moderate. NPS got it right. Super steep and rocky. Views and rocks at the top make it worth the trek!

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rocky
1 month ago

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scramble
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

very steep trail, first third is loose gravel on a steep slope, so footing is a bit loose...after that it levels off a bit and then goes up the rest of the way as a narrower rocky path...the sign at the trail head says it is 0.8 miles and a 40 minute walk, we had a 10 and 12 year old and we got to the top in 50 minutes with plenty of stops to rest and hydrate...Fantastic views, and the breeze blowing up from the valley....just beautiful and well worth the hard work of climbing up.

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

This was a perfect short hike to a cool view - definitely worth it. Not super crowded on a Sunday morning at 8 a.m. either, but the parking lot was full when I made it back down. Probably the shortest hike to a cool view around here (and better than the overlooks). Lots of space at the top to have a little brunch or lunch picnic. Seems like it would be an amazing spot for sunrise too. Definitely rocky so wear shoes with good grip.

hiking
2 months ago

Great workout with a wonderful payoff! I'd definitely recommend making this a loop by coming back down on the AT (just follow the signage and/or check out the other posting for Humpback Rocks on AllTrails). It's more gradual, scenic, and less crowded. I snagged one of the last parking spots in the grass at the actual trailhead parking. There were many people parked along the drive when I left around noon.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

This was a great evening hike that offered the “king of the world” sensation that we all look for. After a scenic hike opens up to the rocks, there are at least three distinct outcroppings to which you can scramble, which is a blast. You can also hang back and still have a great experience. The mountains and valleys are exactly as vast and beautiful as you’ll want. It was a bit tedious for us as we waited out some severe weather, so the rockier parts, including the destination, were slick. If it has rained recently, be very careful around edges and steep gradients. Even being in shape, the initial ascent is steep enough so that you’ll notice, but there is enough variety so that it wasn’t strenuous. 1.5-2 hours is reasonable, maybe more if you like climbing rocks. Hiked 6/27

hiking
2 months ago

Short and steep trail. Great hike ❤️ June 30

hiking
2 months ago

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hiking
3 months ago

Such an enjoyable day hiking Humpback! We went on a weekend which led to very busy crowds but hiked the longer trail down, and only saw a few other groups so it was much nicer and also allowed us to cover more distance. Such a beautiful atmosphere at the top and the trail was in good condition. A good easy-moderate hike depending on your fitness level! Lots of kids hiking the trail & dogs so it is accessible to many people.

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