Massanutten Mountain Trail to Kennedy Peak is a 5.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Luray, Virginia that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
751 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

This is a nice day hike, and I recommend packing in a lunch and just hang out at the top of Kennedy’s peak, because there is a nice shelter with a widows watch on top of the shelter, and shade within the shelters. There is even a small fire pit. Good overnight spot.
The trail head - follow curve of the road to the apex of the curve, you’ll see a break in the trees. Follow the orange blazes to the Kennedy trail head. The trail is a nice mellow hike, with a gradual climb for about the first 1.5 miles. Some rocks, a nice stroll. The last third of the trail is a different story. Very rocky and you gain elevation quickly. Be careful and watch for a switch back noted by a double orange blaze, telling you the trail changes direction. Go left and up the hill....very important. Follow the blazes to the Kennedy trail, where the orange blazes change to white. Turn right and follow the white blazes. The trail ends at the shelter. Again, you will gain elevation quickly. It’s well worth the view at the top.
The view- beautiful at the parking lot and the top of Kennedy peak. Not many awe inspiring vistas during your hike, maybe ⭐️⭐️ during, but ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ at the peak. You can see all 7 bends of the Shenandoah River. Just beautiful!
No bear scat, and didn’t see any wildlife, but there were 11 hikers we passed, horse nuggets, and mountain bike footprints.
If you have weak ankles, I recommend boots. It is very rocky the last 1/3 of a mile, and would be slick on a rainy day.

Pretty hike with a nice panoramic view if you tack on Kennedy Trail at the end.

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