Kennedy Peak Trail

MODERATE 33 reviews

Kennedy Peak Trail is a 8.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Fort Valley, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1853 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Pretty easy and relatively short hike with a nice payoff. Kennedy Peak includes an old fire tower that includes a 360 view of the entire area. Follow the orange Massanutten blaze across the parking lot. The trail is mostly level with a steady moderate incline. One you hit the Kennedy Peak / Stephen's Trail split, follow the white blaze on your right. This portion is a bit steeper. Great payoff at the peak.

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13 days ago

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13 days ago

Beautiful views. The first two miles to the peak is a moderate hike, the last .5miles is moderate to difficult and very rocky.

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22 days ago

24 days ago

It was a nasty day but we could imagine it would have pretty views. It was extremely peaceful

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26 days ago

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27 days ago

Completed this 9 mile loop clockwise in 4 hours, beginning from the lower parking lot. The both trails (yellow and orange) were marked clearly. As to the confusing spur trail below Kennedy Peak some have complained about, it had been blocked off with rocks and branches. One complaint I had was the constant mosquitoes even in late September.

1 month ago

Pretty easy stroll with a beautiful view at the top. Just a little tip- there's a switchback that is easy to miss and go the wrong way around the peak.

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2 months ago

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4 months ago

Easy hike until the last part headed to the tower. A lot of rocks but not that bad. Watch out for the horse poop on the entire trail. Worth the hike once you get to the tower..... enjoy the views

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11 months ago

11 months ago

Saturday, October 01, 2016

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Yikes-- the beginning of the hike was great, nice wide path and well shaded on a hot day. But there is a VERY important hard left switchback about 2 miles in - just when you're getting close to the tower that is not marked. So we pressed on straight following the trail (clearly others have done this because there is a clear trail for about 1/4 mile). Our mistake was to not turn around and go back, but this turned into quite a treacherous and scary morning. After a hot 2 hour detour we made it back to the trail, with our dog and 6 month old. What was supposed to be an easy family hike turned into a nightmare. While I get we were at fault for not turning around, this and all future instances of this could be avoided by putting an arrow on a tree or a rock or a sign or SOMETHING to let people know to take a hard left. Maybe someday we'll come back to actually make it to the tower but definitely not anytime soon.

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Saturday, July 02, 2016

Saturday, June 11, 2016