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Riprap Trail is a 9.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Crimora, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 9.1 mi Elevation gain 2,040 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

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Please note: off line map is recommended to get oriented as several users have reported that this trail is not well marked and/or that there may be poor cell reception in this area. Follow the map closely as the signage is terrible and you may find yourself nearly exiting the park.

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Reviews (364)
Photos (533)
Recordings (250)
Completed (761)
Edward P McGovern
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Hiking

Fun trail. Zig zags over and through a stream at times. So really slippery and wet. I would wear swim trunks, the swimming hole is very cool. I brought my dog. He loves the water so jumped in the stream all he could. One thing with a dog is the trail is super narrow a lot. So hard to get out of other dog and people’s way most of the time. This is a hard trail. Lots of endless uphill it seems.

Sam Hartsough
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HikingOver grownRocky

Very rocky trail. There are much more cool features in the second half of the hike. There are creek crossings and a lot of uphill so be prepared. Overall, very pretty!

Giao Che
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Hiking

Great trail. I started at the Wildcat Parking entrance, moving counterclockwise. The first 7 miles were ok. You will find yourself enjoying a few stream crossings and falls where you can go in for a freshening bath. For the last 2 miles, after the last stream crossing, the trail becomes tough as you have to climb up all the way back to your starting point. You may encounter a deer or two along the hike. They are not afraid of people. To sum it up, it's a great hike to try it yourself.

Marc Mazzella
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Nicole Freeland
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Hiking

Good single track trail. Rocky but moderate grades. Good views. Great swimming hole and beautiful falls.

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Jess Howe
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Hiking

We had a wonderful adventure on the trail. It poured on us for over an hour. The signage is confusing. Make sure you take the left turn onto wildcat trail if you are hiking counterclockwise. The views were great and the creek crossings were especially challenging with the amount of rain we were in. The only animals we saw was a toad and a few birds.

Neele Buss
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Great trail! It took us 4:20h to finish the loop and the water hole was very refreshing (halfway of the trail).

Ivanna Alicea
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Hiking

Really nice swimming hole. Nice outlooks.

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Vincent Talerico
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Hiking
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Leigh Anne Kuhn
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Hiking

Very lush, peaceful, full of mountain laurel, mushrooms, and other forest gems.

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Evan Bagley
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Hiking

Rip rap gives a delightful combination of views and water. Nice little fishing hole at the bottoms. Bring snacks!

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Brad Miles
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Hiking

This was a great half day hike with the family. Before we left I upgraded to the Pro All Trails account. Definitely worth it. I would have felt terrible if I added miles to the hike for the family. Also, saved a few others from going the wrong way, and the app had some cool features that I didn’t expect, to include a calorie tracker. The trail had a very refreshing swimming hole half way. Clockwise worked great for us.

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Maverick W.
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Hiking

wow! we didn't do the loop but hiking from the parking lot to the bottom of the falls and back was quite strenuous!!! Hikers are allowed to bask in the cold mountain water. The water is not deep though. The views are beautiful near chimney rock and there are some campsites around there.

Caroline Fitch
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Han Lin
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HikingBugsNo shade

There are some parts with little or even no shading, really hot especially in mid 80s. Other than that, not that hard, compared to other hard trails like white oak & cedar run trail.

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Yena W
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HikingBugsNo shade

I recommend to go counterclockwise. You can arrive early at summit overlook and this part trail is more interesting than clockwise entrance along the road. But no matter which direction, waterfall area is in the middle. And what we saw recently, the waterfalls were with small flows and dry river beds.

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Terry Fulton
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Hiking

Wonderful hike, caught in the rains but just made it more real! Went counter-clockwise but will probably go the other way next time! Going up Wildcat Ridge just never seemed to end!

Kenny K
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HikingRocky

Great hike! Fairly difficult, closer to 10 miles. Rocky terrain, overgrown in some spots, but great trail through the creek up to the overlook. Would recommend going clockwise from the parking lot.

Eric Newman
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HikingBugs

Enjoyed clockwise. Swimming was great but chilly.

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Amy Ford
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Hiking

One of my favorite loops in Shenandoah! This is challenging but easy enough to jog portions of it, particularly towards the end if you are going counterclockwise. I stopped to take pictures at all the insanely beautiful spots, quickly cooled off in a swimming hole and still made this loop in 2 hours and 44 minutes. This is the second time I have hiked this loop. The first time was in winter. I can tell you it has equal offerings in both seasons! Enjoy!

David Jones
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Hiking

Awesome trail. Clockwise from RipRap parking lot. Take lots of water.

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Thomas Eaves
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Hiking

This was an awesome trail completely unbeknownst to me prior to today. There are so many great things about this trail that are echoed elsewhere so I won't repeat them; however. I do have some beta to offer other hikers: if you are doing the hike counter clockwise be _extremely_ careful when crossing back toward Skyline Drive at the Southern Boundary of the Park (going East). The signage is terrible and you may find yourself following the wrap around from Rocks Mountain Trail (found on the map), nearly exiting the park, while eventually putting the river on your right-hand side. We made this mistake today and ended up having to follow the red blazes of the Park Boundary to make our way back to the trail and this was hard going. The trails past the Riprap Trail are extremely overgrown. We are still not entirely sure what we should have done to avoid this; however, we think we should have followed signage for the Wildcat Ridge Trail, not the wrongly signed arrow for Riprap (looking at the Wildcat Ridge Trail on All Trails seems to confirm this).

Petey Steele
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Hiking

This hike was incredible and demands a pretty good level of fitness. There are significant uphill climbs and they are very rocky for some stretches. There are fantastic views at Chimney Rock and a big beautiful creek as well. Bring lots of water( like two 50oz Camelbaks full). They ain’t fooling around out there. Be prepared to see an occasional black snake, some close-cropped stretches, and some confusion as to the trail blazes, as the loop includes the Rip Rap, the Wildcat Ridge, and the Appalachian Trail. We got lost at one point and what was supposed to be 9.3 miles, ended up being 14 miles. I highly advise going over maps and reviews before embarking to get a mental picture of some of the landmarks you will encounter to avoid confusion. Especially in the July heat. There are long rocky uphill sections with no shade. We’ll do it again and better, but we learned the hard way.

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