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.

Length1.7 miElevation gain790 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyScramble
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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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HikingGreat!IcyRocky

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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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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HikingGreat!Icy

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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Amanda Oborsky
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Lots of icy spots on the rocks near the top, awesome views!

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Cali Tolbert
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Great!! Nice morning hike and lovely views

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John Harner
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Glenn J
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Nice hike, took the teenagers with us and they enjoyed the top of the rocks and view.

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leslie gatrost
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Cliff Carr
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A must do. A little steep but worth it.

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Greg Russo
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Collin Grimes
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HikingGreat!

Trail was nice and linear. The elevation gain isn’t exactly beginner level. Lots of people huffing and puffing. The view at the top is 9/10 and if you’re into gawking at folks in yoga clothes trying to get the best shot for Instagram the view is 10/10. The summit was very crowded, but it was prime weather on a Saturday morning. Lots of dogs on the trail being adorable as well.

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Asif Khan
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HikingGreat!MuddyRocky

There is 4.2 mile loop track which is easy compared .8 mile very steep climb to the top Recommend both if you can other stick to longer and easier

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Michelle De Santos
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Emily Haverkamp
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Beautiful fall day.

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Jaclyn Wyszynski
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HikingGreat!IcyRocky

Nicely marked trail. Was super windy and icy In some spots. Steady incline up the first .5 miles but there are plenty of areas to pull off to the side need be. Was a bit crowded at the top (Monday afternoon).

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