Ragged Mountain Natural Area Trail

MODERATE 39 reviews

Ragged Mountain Natural Area Trail is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Charlottesville, Virginia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1227 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

muddy

no dogs

Very few markers. If you plan to do the full 7+ mile loop, be sure you have a fully charged smartphone. Most who wander the 5th mile will be lost.

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2 months ago

Beautiful. Delightful. Coyotes and black snakes. But as the other reviewers said, very few markers. If you plan to do the full 7+ mile loop, be sure you have a fully charged smartphone. Most who wander the 5th mile will be lost. The "All Trails" app is very helpful. Wet weather makes for some steep difficult slopes.

hiking
2 months ago

Not well marked

2 months ago

2 months ago

This trail is so poorly marked, it is very easy to get lost. We had our GPS, but I would not recommend using this trail until it is more well marked. We passed another hiker, and he was turned around as well. We ended up walking 10 miles and had trouble finding the trailhead where we parked. It was getting close to dusk, so it was a little scary to make it out in time.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

A nice 5+ mile loop, very close to town. The trail is not marked well, especially on the far side, but with the help of the AllTrails GPS map, I was able to make my way fairly easily. It has some hills, but nothing too difficult, and most of the trails are highly "walkable". Makes for an enjoyable 2+ hour hike/work-out.
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hiking
3 months ago

Trails not marked very well

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4 months ago

Great views of the reservoir and lovely forest make this loop close to downtown Charlottesville one of the best and a surprising gem when wildflowers are blooming. Highly recommended. Also no need to hike up to Roundtop if you just want to do the loop.

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4 months ago

Very nice.

4 months ago

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5 months ago