Ramseys Draft Trail

HARD 8 reviews

Ramseys Draft Trail is a 16.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mt Solon, Virginia. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking.

DISTANCE
16.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3339 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

hiking

trail running

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.

backpacking
2 months ago

Went up west side in loop and then came down the draft. Beautiful, if chilly, weather. Camped up at the saddle area and it has to be my favorite campsite ever. Fairly open campsite with fire ring and a spring a short walk away. Lots of fallen trees along the Draft, many giants of the forest felled by weather it appears. Clambering over the deadfall was challenging and time consuming. Since we came early the green hadn't blotted out many of the views along the ridge or in the draft. Just a good moderately challenging experience for our Scout troop.

backpacking
7 months ago

cross that Creek so many times came down off Shenandoah Mountain trail from Jerrys run backup Hiner spring and around Bald Knob to braley's pond

hiking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

hiking
Monday, April 18, 2016

I've been hiking Ramsey's Draft Wilderness area for 15 years and this last trip (April 16') was the best. The weather was perfect (High 60's Day & Low 40's Night) and Harscrabble Knob was no disappointment. Hiking the draft from the Mountain House to the knob is a beautiful and fun hike. The view from Harscrabble towards Staunton is worth it both at night and during the day. In my opinion Bald Ridge Trail is less than enjoyable. I'll take the draft trail up and back every time. Keep hiking!

camping
Saturday, April 02, 2016

fly fishing
Sunday, January 18, 2015

I brought my fly-fishing gear and caught several native brook trout.

hiking
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

awesome trail for an overnight, great places to camp alongside the river. Be mindful of the weather, it had rained a few days before we got there and the river was waist deep in spots...you'll have to cross the river several times on Ramsey's Draft trail.

camping
Friday, March 08, 2013

Great hike if you don't mind some rock-hopping to cross the draft a few times. The dying old-growth hemlock trees are something to behold. The GW wilderness has several loop trail options.