Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Bluemont with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Love this hike. A regular for my wife and I. Be prepared for steep hill climbs and descents on rocky trail. Beautiful views from Raven Rocks and easy access from Rte. 7. Trailhead parking can be very crowded on weekends.

If you’re looking for a strenuous, rocky up down, wet trail to hike this is for you. Definitely come prepared with water and some energy and expect to get your feet wet at this time of year that is. I’d say experienced hikers would be able to venture these trails easily and newbies will definitely need some motivation to get to the top to see the beautiful views.

Eh, took the kids (1 and 9) on this one. It’s a nice little part of the AT but we weren’t especially taken by it. A large tree had come down on the trail about .2 mile from the top, so we didn’t get to the top. It’s closer to NOVA than SNP, but SNP trails are worth the slightly longer drive.

Hiked this alone, wasn’t “hard” by any means just took a while.

very cool trial, waterfall and a great view at the top

Trail is just as described. It was moderately busy on a Saturday in May. The waterfall is one of the best in the area and the view from the summit was nice. The gravel road in is a little steep and rutted in places. There were several dogs off leash—all friendly. We’ll definitely do this one again.

Was a beautiful hike, very rocky and challenging both ways. The last few inclines on the way back were definitely strenuous. We went on a rainy day and had to be extra careful on the rocks. The view is gorgeous!

We did 6.3 miles on this trail but you can technically keep going much further so you can turn around whenever you want. Was looking forward to the waterfall at the end someone mentioned that was definitely not there. Saw a few AT backpackers but mostly was a quiet trail. Is a trail I'd do again.

Great hike. Parking lot was closed for expansion when we arrived, so had to park across the highway and run across to get to trail head, which was probably the most dangerous part of our trip. Good view up top.

Lovely sunny day, easy hike. See 2 stray black dogs at Rte 7 parking lot. I have a dog with me so can’t take them. Anyone know who to call?

The waterfall is gorgeous right now! Continue past it just under a mile for the view.

Great out and back with a fun, small series of waterfalls to explore and a beautiful vantage point at the end. Great for kids who like to hike and rock scramble. Well groomed and marked trails and easy parking.

Great hike with a nice payoff. Saw a bear right at the trailhead before I even started the hike. Very rocky throughout, so it can be slow going, but also very scenic. Also has a natural spring part way through, so you can refill your water conveniently (still filtered it). A great way to start Earth Day this morning!

Went with 5 kids ages 1-14 and a dog. Everyone loved it. Not too busy. Beautiful waterfall and scenery.

Great day trip from DC. The trail has a nice incline variety. It’s very rocky, so probably best to go on a dry day, when the rocks aren’t slippery from rain.

Hiking across state lines is always fun and met with a beautiful view at the end of the trail.

Nice day hike. With a few hills along the way, it makes the hike interesting but not too difficult for groups. There was a creek with falls along the way which was fun to explore. Check out bears den nearby for a much more expansive view.

I love this trail. Features a waterfall at the end, but this is the exact same trail as Buzzard hill. I'm not sure why it is listed again with a different name.

Awesome hike! Hiked 4 miles in on the Appalachian trail route. Pretty rocky trails with a couple fantastic class-2 bouldering opportunities along the way if that's your thing. Tons of places to take a break, and some unique rock formations. Beautiful boulder river crossings with small falls. Ravens Rock was fantastic --about 2 1/2 miles in. Outstanding views of the rolling backdrop for such a shallow elevation. The inclines can get pretty intense at times if you aren't used to the rocky paths, with a total elevation gain of around 1600 feet. Get an early start, limited parking at the trail-head and trail can be moderately trafficked from 10:00 AM onward. Highly recommend. Totally worth it for the gorgeous view.

Easy less than 4 miles hike. Easy to find and well marked. The view from Buzzard’s Hill gives you an almost 270 degree view below.

A fun walk, that is not as difficult as the "hard" rating says. The exercise is nice along the roller coaster type hills but the views are nothing special. Even the big payoff is only average. It is easterly facing so an afternoon hike puts you in a good position for photos.

Nice hike, beautiful view at Raven Rocks and closer to DC than Shenandoah. It was icy this morning and that made it challenging. .

Not very impressed with this hike. For starters, it was VERY crowded on the trail. That’s never particularly fun and takes away from the outdoor experience. Second there wasn’t much to see on the almost 3 mile hike there (and back for that matter) and thirdly, I wasn’t wowed by the viewpoint. There are many better views if your willing to drive an extra 30 minutes. All in all, I doubt i will return.

Great hike for kids! Lots of rocks for them to explore and the waterfall was very nice. Look forward to coming back!

2 months ago

This is a great hike for young children, but calling this anything beyond a walk is a definite stretch.

Great little trail. Went with my son to explore the waterfall and we were both impressed by it; much better than expected. We also loved the boulders and rock formations. Nice flora, too. Great place for a family hike where the kids can have some fun exploring. Will be back.

Some clarification on this hike, which might be helpful. From the small (get there early) parking lot on Pine Grove Road (immediately to the right off of Harry Byrd Memorial Highway), it is 2.5 miles to the most significant overlook, a perfect destination, nice place to take in the view and a snack, and a logical turnaround point for a decent out and back day hike. As tracked here on AllTrails, the Raven Rocks map brings you further along the AT to mile 2.7, and then veers south on an unmarked trail that delivers you at mile 2.9 to a cellular tower and access road (the actual Raven Rocks are to the north, but off trail and not visible from the AT). The tower is not a great destination, and frankly detracts from the hike. It would be much better to turnaround at the 2.5 mile overlook. The overall hike is not really "hard;" moderate plus would be a more apt description to account for the elevation gain, multiple ridges, and rocky trail. "Rocky" is relative, though. New Englanders and thru hikers will tell you that this is nothing compared to the White Mountains in New Hampshire! Plus, what rocks there are here certainly help to counter erosion. Enjoy! This is a nice trail that gets your heart pumping, and the views are nice rewards.

hard hike, trail is mostly rocks. worth every step.

Very Moderate hike....love the water fall.

Great hike.... amazing view.

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