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

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This trail is very easy can be done in less then 1 hour. The view from the top is amazing and worth the quick hike. We went when it was about to thunderstorm and that is a bad idea, almost got hit by lightning so be careful. The summit is very small and can maybe host 6 people comfortably. We also saw 3 black bears on the way to the summit.

Gorgeous, and it is fairly easy. Loved the ferns as they were really a great part of the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Super easy and nice hike! Not very scenic on the way though... but the view from the summit totally worth it!

Great easy trail with amazing views at the top!

Short and easy hike with a stunning view at the end. Just as we made it to the summit, the clouds started to disappear and we were treated to the view of fog rolling between bright yellow-red trees in the valley below.
If you have a few minutes to spare and are in the area, give this short walk a shot!

on Story Book Trail

2 months ago

Short easy walk to a very beautiful overlook with lots of sandstone, limestone and shale and white pine trees. One of the most beautiful places we visited

hiking
2 months ago

Easy stroll through the wilderness, well maintained walking path easy for very young kids.

Nice little trail, but it was poorly maintained with branches over the path and a lot of thorns snagging your ankles. Perhaps it will be better taken care of in the more popular months.

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike on a fall afternoon. We started further south on Christman Hollow Road in order to add a few miles to this hike and come up the creek. In retrospect, that did not add too much enjoyment as the drop down from the ridge to the creek/river is extremely steep and was rough sledding with all the leaves down. The last mile of the hike to the view is really enjoyable and the view to the south is impressive. Lots of friendly birds at the top. As the view is south to southwest, time your arrival to arrive earlier in the day or later in the afternoon to avoid the sun directly in your face as you take photos.

Best at sunset

Pretty hike with a nice panoramic view if you tack on Kennedy Trail at the end.

Nice look out but definitely an easy hike.

hiking
5 months ago

awesome hike with great views, it earns its 'hard' rating at the top

Fun

hiking
6 months ago

Easy trail very flat. My wife was able to push our 2 year old in her carriage the entire way with no problem. There are plenty of benches along the trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike. Variety of terrain but short enough for anyone in decent shape. Definitely would advise against if it’s raining. Difficult to spot the hard right at the top of the mountain so use some common sense and if you reach an apex and start heading downhill, turnaround.

short & nice submit

Beautiful view, great first hike in Shenandoah!

Amazing view with a short hike to get there!

I love this trail. Kid and dog friendly. Easy and great views.

hiking
7 months ago

Very leisurely walk that ends up on a great over look of the nearby mountains & forest

on Strickler Knob Trail

hiking
7 months ago

Incredible hike with incredible views. It was worth the long drive for us to get there. Check out my full write up along with pictures and things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/stricklerknob/

An easy hike on a heavily traveled trail, one of the most popular on the ridge. The view from the turnaround point is a huge draw and offers a fantastic view of the Shenandoah Valley.

Parking at the trail head fills quickly but the lodge offers plenty of parking just 100 yards up the road.

walking
7 months ago

Nice short trail with good views.

walking
8 months ago

Relaxing walk with lots of new benches and scurrying shrews. Leaves have begun to turn auburn.

hiking
8 months ago

Such a quick hike with gorgeous views

Easy, short, and flat. But the view does pay off.

A nice short level Trail even on a misting rainy day. Especially if you love trees. Don't be sad by the old fallen hemlocks. You'll see there's new growth growing up in and around them! You can connect to the White Oak Canyon Trail to make it longer.

hiking
8 months ago

This hike is well worth the view at the top. It is an uphill climb all the way, some parts steeper than others, but the trail was well maintained and easy to follow. A few areas were a bit muddy, most likely from past rains. It gets rocky the closer you get towards the peak so be prepared to maneuver rocks and climb a bit: because of this I would not recommend bringing dogs. The phenomenal view at the top makes the steeper parts of the trail worth it. Tracked my hike right at 5.5 miles, taking up two and a half hours: not including the time spent hanging out at the top.

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