Ramseys Draft Trail is a 16.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mount Solon, Virginia. The trail is rated as difficult and is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length16.5 miElevation gain2,795 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashBackpackingHikingRunning
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Virginia Tourism Corporation, 901 Easy Byrd Street , Richmond, VA, 23219, Phone: 804-786-2051, Fax: 804-786-1919

Directions from Staunton, VA: Take U.S. 250 west for approximately 10-12 miles to a recreation area on your left. Park there and cross the road to begin at the trailhead.

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The Blue Bomber
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Kurt Hixenbaugh
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Joaquin Cortez
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Dan Smith
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Marc Mazzella
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BackpackingBlowdownOff trailOver grown

A really nice loop. Tons of water crossings and blow downs so BE READY! I chose to go counterclockwise and I found it not particularly difficult technically. One good climb in the beginning and then just a bunch of miles that came in at just under 18 for my hike. The loop is a combination of several trails and it gets a bit hard to follow in a couple of sections but with keep your wits about you and you’ll be fine. I did find there was an inordinate amount of thorny plants lining the trail so I’d advise the use of pants. I passed several great campsites both on the ridge line and by the water. Hope to backpack here one day.

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Bill Gamble
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Hiking

Lots of stream crossings. Trail is not very well marked. Ended up off the trail several times. Beautiful area!

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Kirk Knotts
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Virginia Traveler
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HikingBlowdown

This trail has changed significantly in 15 year and then again 35 years ago. l do not recommend this trail in the summer because of poison ivy over running trail. It was not like that in the past. Areas that use to be grassy are now saplings. Still this is a wonderful place.

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Adam Livingston
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Rattle snake infested, PLEASE WEAR PANTS, my legs will never be the same.

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Dustin Sanders
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Sean Womack
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Hiking

This hike is awesome! Would recommend going counter clockwise which saves the stream crossings for the end. The views from the ridge are very nice.

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Zoey Gardner
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Deanna Mirakov Cohen
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HikingMuddy

Awesome trail! Views are great. My husband and I camped right at the intersection of Ramsey’s draft and Hiner springs trail. There were better spots with more flowing water if we went a little further. We also did the hike counter clockwise. At one point there is an intersection on Ramsey’s draft where you either cross the river or stay on the left side, we decided to cross the river and still got to the end point. Also when going the way we went when you’re near the barn you’ll keep straight walking past it. We did see a bear, but it ran away as soon as it saw us. This was my second backpacking trip and it was intense, but definitely worth it!

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David Haas
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BackpackingBugsOver grown

Went clockwise, camped in the dip about 7.5 miles in. There's a stream about 250 feet NW from the site. The ridge line on day 2 was a nice hike but it's pretty forested so there weren't many views. The stream crossings weren't bad but be sure to bring some shoes that can get wet!

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Garry Collins
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Unexpected adventure. easy trail to follow even though half of it is not marked. up the valley just follow the water. I quit counting stream crossings at 8. I'm guessing there were 10 or more, most between mid chin to below the knee, fast moving. Bring water crossing shoes in cold weather. Where the Ramsey's trail hits the Liner Springs is the last water until near RT 250. The Bald Ridge trail is a nice ridge run. Long downhill back to parking. Nettles and prickly bushes are starting to over grow the trail, don't wear shorts or knitted pants! 30 hours and I saw zero people. There are tents sites every couple of miles.

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Nicholas Hooper
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