Rapidan Camp Rapidan River via Millprong

MODERATE 32 reviews
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Rapidan Camp Rapidan River via Millprong is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Elkton, 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
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,069 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This trail begins across the road from Big Meadows wayside. You start off on Rapidan Road, go a little over 1 mile then take a right onto the horse trail until you reach an intersection then take a left on Millprong.

hiking
26 days ago

After a short meadow walk, a number of downhill (and then uphill) climbs, and three water crossings, we were rewarded with a great history lesson at President Hoover’s camp. Enjoy the Prime Minister’s Cabin ... great stories and history. The climb back to the start (this is an out and back) is mostly uphill ... but you get the fun of crossing the river again three times.

hiking
3 months ago

A moderate hike with some fun history. Chose to do this as a loop to add a couple extra miles. I prefer hikes with a hike up to a payoff and then a gentle return but this hike is easy, leads to a payoff, then the work is back up. Overall rewarding thanks to the rangers operating the site and providing a unique history lesson around the site.

9 months ago

lovely hike in September. 4 miles round trip to president Hoover's presidential retreat in the woods. nice waterfall just before the camp. guides at the camp to give tours. very unexpected and interesting. Non poisonous snakes around the camp so watch your step.

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

In the first mile, just after we entered the wood line we ran into a pair of 2 year old bears. One hung around the trail. We kept our distance but had a nice encounter.
We went down the horse trail to Rapidan Camp. We had some trouble at a stream crossing but, caught the trail again on the other side.
When we got to camp, we were the last hikers of the first day of touring the Brown House, Hoover's residence.
Our hike back up was tedious. We took the fire road out. 6 miles up hill.

hiking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Nice trail. Terminated at Rapidan Camp. The Park Service had a presence at the camp today so we were also able to tour the Brown House which was an added bonus.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

So cool to see the history. We went in November. Cold and VERY windy at the meadow but as soon as you get going on the trail it was perfect. Less than 20 yards from a peaceful doe. Great baby waterfalls. Awesome cabins to explore.

hiking
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Nice trail to Rapidan Camp. I enjoyed exploring the camp and learning the history of it.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

After not hiking all summer we were looking for something of a warm up and this was a good choice. Being with our dogs who aren't very people friendly we chose parts of the trail that hadn't been used in a while. We left there pretty scratched up from briars but we got to see quite a few deer grazing.

scenic driving
Saturday, March 01, 2014

Beautiful views in Shenandoah! Please check out the Hoover cabins while here. There is a bus that will take you down (you can catch this at Big Meadows) to secluded cabins where President Hoover would come vacation to get away from the busyness of the White House. Such a historical landmark!

hiking
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Great for a stroll around the meadow but there is much better hikes around this area . Definitely don't pass up parking and taking a good look at the meadow. Great photos and usually a deer or two strolling around :)

hiking
Thursday, June 20, 2013

It was a beautiful day for a hike. I have done this one before but I it just seems to be calling today. Make sure you wear Deet or something for ticks. We saw a lot of deer. The deer are not bothered by human presence here.

walking
Friday, May 11, 2012

perfect for a stroll whether to cool down from a strenuos hike or the complete the day. Go at different times of the year for as many different sights. There are usually plenty of deer here as well

hiking
Thursday, November 03, 2011

We hiked/walked around the meadows on a beautiful fall evening in mid September. The bushes had all turned blood red and provided a beautiful maze for the kids to run and play in. Worth the stop....peaceful and serene.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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