Riprap Trail is a 9.3 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.

Distance: 9.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2,093 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

closed

Many trailheads in this park are closed due to COVID-19. Please check the park website for up to date info on which trails are accessible.

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bugs
fee
off trail
1 day ago

Really great trail. Recommend going clockwise at the trailhead for a less “strenuous” hike. There are some parts of the trail that go through water. All in all, an excellent hike.

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5 days ago

This is one of those trails you wish you could keep to yourself... but everyone should know about how great it is! Strenuous, took us about 4.5 hours with a quick swim stop. Water crossings about ankle-deep. Agreed: go clockwise! My new favorite in SNP.

hiking
1 month ago

Riprap is open and is a great trail to hike during the pandemic. it was in good shape with some lovely views and a nice stream.

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rocky
3 months ago

A great hike with a sweet swimming hole and a nice camping spot nearby: as you cross the stream after passing the swimming hole (going clockwise) follow the stream up about 150’ and scramble up the bank — it’s worth the effort. You could call the trail rocky but it’s not so bad if you hike in Pennsylvania. Enjoy!

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rocky
6 months ago

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fee
rocky
6 months ago

@kayla it says bicycles are prohibited in the backcountry unfortunately We went in late fall with my mom and stepdad (late fifties early sixties, frequent hikers). We went counterclockwise, north on the AT and then left on riprap trail. Well marked, read the signposts. Keep going until you reach an amazing vista point with a view into the valley below, we almost stopped early because we thought big impressive rocks were chimney hill. If you use the all trails map, it’s accurate.

6 months ago

has anyone ever mtn biked this loop before. looking for feed back.. I've hiked it but. a mtn bike would be epic

6 months ago

Hiked this last weekend. Definitely one of the best loop trails I've done in SNP. Challenging, but not brutal if you're in decent shape. It took me 5 hours with several stops...a perfect day hike. As so many have commented, hike the loop clockwise so you get the summit payoff near the end. There are several overlook rock formations as you reach the summit. I'm looking forward to doing it again very soon.

hiking
6 months ago

Definitely not for the faint hearted! Very strenuous, but amazing! Had the best day too! Agree with other reviewers to do this backwards! If you do the loop you also hit up Calvary and Chimney Rocks trail!

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6 months ago

Beautiful trail through and through!!!!! I had an amazing morning, the scenery is insane and changes so much throughout, I completely recommend

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rocky
6 months ago

Lots of woods, not many overlooks. However, peaceful, lots of medium sized rocks under the trail that were hard to navigate under a heavy pile of leaves. Crossed the creek/river several times. Lots of rain = high water.

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rocky
7 months ago

Gorgeous trail in the fall as leaves are rainbows of colors. I agree that if you want to save the best for last (a gorgeous scenic view), travel clockwise. This trail isn't terribly challenging: the elevation gain is not overly abrupt, but is slow and steady throughout the trail (for the most part). The biggest challenge is that the trail is rocky, so take caution not to twist an ankle. Also, because the trail is long, it's best to wear hiking boots (trainers may be less comfortable for a 9+ mile hike). Took about 5 hours to go at a steady, though not overly quick pace. Bring water, bring snacks, and have fun!

hiking
7 months ago

Go clockwise to save the best for last, as you'll want to stop to enjoy spectacular views.

hiking
7 months ago

DO THIS LOOP BACKWARDS. This is a great hike, and it is best done backwards/clockwise as many people have said. You enjoy the first half along the AT then the uphill you get a water feature with three separate views for a payoff at the end. There is a small outcrop a quarter mile west of Chimney Rocks which has great northern views—stop there before the more famous Chimney Rocks for even better photos. Also, the views are mainly west and north so plan for the sun accordingly. The uphill is long but not too angled so not too strenuous. Really a 3 to 5 hour hike, not 8.5 like the sign says.

hiking
7 months ago

Good workout due to the elevation gain. All the running water at the bottom is nice. You have views in the first two miles and after that you submerged in the trees.

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rocky
7 months ago

Did this counterclockwise, would recommend doing this trail clockwise so you can see the good views at the end. Set aside several hours to do this hike. Swimmingholes and waterfalls were nice. Wear good footwear, this trail is made up almost entirely of loose ankle-breaking rocks.

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7 months ago

Perfect day for this hike. Temp in the mid 70s F. Went clockwise saving magnificent views for the last part of the trip. Trail is 90% rocky, i.e. wear good hiking footwear. Not much in the way of wildlife but the stream and waterhole are soothing. The last mile of the hike was the toughest after nine miles.

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rocky
8 months ago

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8 months ago

Challenging from start to finish

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bugs
over grown
8 months ago

swimming hole is awesome. the view at chimney rock was nice but wasps everywhere. overall the swimming hole is amazing, but this probably isn't worth 9.5 miles to get there

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bugs
over grown
rocky
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Wonderful hike! The views and swimming hole were stunning! Definitely hike clockwise like the others recommend.

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blowdown
rocky
8 months ago

Great trail and a good challenge. Went clockwise from Riprap parking down the AT, Wildcat, up Riprap. I recommend this. We clicked about 10.4 miles in just about 6hrs with lunch at the swimming hole and a quick dip. If you do it counter, not much to see that last 6 miles.

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