Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out.
Learn more

Woodstock Tower Trail is a 1.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Woodstock, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.7 miles Elevation Gain: 534 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

Please note the entrance to the trail is at the Little Fort campground and there is no mention of the Woodstock Tower trail anywhere. You will see a board with ATV trail info and that is the starting point of the trail.

hiking
3 days ago

Nice short hike up to a great view from the tower. We made this a 5.9 mile hike by hiking South along the Massanutten trail till it intersects with Peters Mill OHV trail then back to the campsite. Not crowded at all midweek.

hiking
18 days ago

Hiked from the Woodstock Tower sign which was super short. Couldn’t figure out how to get to the longer hiking trail. However, the view was incredible! A little unnerving climbing the tower but it was worth it.

hiking
26 days ago

Nice short hike to stretch your legs.

hiking
muddy
rocky
28 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Nice, easy trail with plenty of tree cover. Most of the trail is rocky, and all uphill to the tower, though gradual. Great views in two directions at the top of the tower, and we even got to see paragliders! Our three year old walked the entire way up, and fun for our dog as well. Beautiful day and we only passed two other groups of people. We parked near camp site 1 at Little Fort Campground to catch the beginning of the trail where the ATV info sign is.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail closed for maintenance. 5/23

hiking
1 month ago

Super easy and short hike from the actual Woodstock tower sign. I forgot to turn the recording on when we started. Don’t do it if you’re afraid of heights.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

A very short easy trail, perfect for getting back into hiking after not hiking for several years. Beautiful sights from the tower.

hiking
3 months ago

Had a great time with my 3 kids (5-11) once we actually found the trail. Better signage from the campground side would be nice. Beautiful views from the top

hiking
4 months ago

Nice short hike with great views from the tower!

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

We ended up at this trail after Shenandoah National Park was closed. The entrance to the trail is at the Little Fort campground and there is no mention of the Woodstock Tower trail anywhere. You will see a board with ATV trail info - that is the starting point of the trail! The first quarter of the trail is actually an ATV trail and is extreme wide, but rocky! At the first intersection, turn left. You will steadily gain elevation for the remainder of the hike. There are a lot of leaves down on the trail which made it hard to navigate at times. At the lookout tower, you have great 360 degree views. Unfortunately, the tower has been completely vandalized which really takes away from the beauty of the view. Heads up if you are afraid of heights (like me) - the tower is NOT fun.

hiking
8 months ago

good short hike with a great view from the tower. there's a lot of leaves on the ground, covering loose rocks on the trail ... makes the hike slower. but overall still easy enough.

Just from the overlook to the tower. Short and sweet!

hiking
9 months ago

Had to come from Fort Valley side as the Tower Rd was closed from Woodstock. Parked at Little Fort Campground. No signs about Woodstock Tower. Take Wagon Trail and just looked at AllTrails map. It was 1.7 miles round trip but I forgot to record until I was at the top. Views were amazing from the Tower.

hiking
9 months ago

An ok trail; loose dirt and large rocks so watch your step. Not an extremely steep grade but a constant one. It is worth it for the views at the end, if you have the energy to climb the tower.

hiking
10 months ago

Short easy hike. Tower views are cool to see if the Valley.

hiking
Fri Jun 28 2019

A nice hike with a good view at the apex. We were a little confused as to where the trail head was, but we followed the atv trail for 1/4 mile and then found the trail. After that it was well marked. Only passed a couple other hikers on a Sunday, so not too busy.

hiking
Mon Jun 24 2019

The sign at the Little Fort Campground indicates that the Woodstock Fire Tower Trail starts at campsite 8, but the trail actually starts to the north at Campsite 6. Follow the GPS route on AllTrails.

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
Wed Jun 19 2019

Great hike but I did have some difficulty finding the trail. We hiked from Little Fort Campground. The blazings are non-existent once you cross over the Peters Mill Run trail. Also there is a large tree down at the 2nd switchback which made it look like the tail ended but just keep going. The view was stunning at the end once we climbed the tower. I'm not an avid hiker and far from in shape so I would not say this was an easy hike but completely doable. This website helped me navigate the trail a great great deal! https://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/WoodstockTower/

hiking
Fri May 31 2019

Not well marked but nice morning hike

hiking
bugs
muddy
Fri May 17 2019

Nice view at the end but the trial seemed like it hadn’t been used in a little. Overall worth it though!

hiking
Sun Mar 31 2019

Not much parking at start point.. Blazes definitely need redone.. Nice easy hike with a good payoff view

walking
Thu Nov 15 2018

The views are amazing, you can drive pretty much all the way to the top if you just want to do a quick half hour hike

hiking
Sun Sep 09 2018

My boys and I decided to go see the Woodstock Tower and came up through Fort Valley Road. It was a relatively easy drive although it becomes a one-lane gravel/dirt road when it transitions to SR771 (Boyer Road and goes through Mine Gap). We decided to try the short hike from the Little Fort campground which was empty except for one tent camper. At the campground, a printed sign at the entrance indicates that the "white blazed trail to the Woodstock Tower starts at campsite 8" but we never found any blazings. There was a trail at campsite 8 that led through the woods to a fast-flowing stream that had both a rock crossing and a small footbridge. We followed that path for quite a while and never saw any blazings. It was a beautiful hike in any case and we enjoyed it. It was a clean trail and quiet but in the end we decided to turn around and head back to the truck and simply take the road up to the Tower Trail. Once there, we did not see any trash at all (as others have reported). It was very clean. The tower itself was cool and we had a great time up there despite the clouds (that we looked down upon). We could see quite a way when the clouds cleared periodically and could definitely see the bends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. All-in-all, despite having no luck finding the trail out of the campground, we had a great time and I would recommend this. If you've never been in an observation or fire tower, it's a good time and the views are fantastic.

Sun Sep 02 2018

Nice Hike

Showing results 1 - 26 of 63