Explore the most popular Wildlife 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.

hiking
bugs
scramble
4 days ago

This is a great, challenging hike and can be a good training hike for longer adventures or trips out West. It's not clear from the description, but be aware that a significant portion of these miles are on fire roads/forest service roads. If you don't want to carry all your water, be sure to grab water at the Brokenback run crossing before heading up Old Rag--it's your last chance for most of the rest of the hike.

hiking
19 days ago

Did this trail with my 17 month old daughter as the first trail she walked on her own. She walked about 0.21m and then went in the carrier (not bad!). It’s a very easy hike with benches along the way. It has beautiful flowers and a lot of wildlife. We saw a deer and a rabbit closeup. Very nice for my daughter to see.

Beautiful trail. Only had a short time to explore. Watched a doe cross in front of us. Intended to hike the Pass Mountain trail, but went the wrong direction on the AT trail.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

We did this hike today - did not quite get to the Knob as we heard thunder (our timing was impeccable). We were confused about previous posts about trail marking. The initial trail from Crisman Hollow Road has been recently marked with yellow blazes. After 1.5 miles you come to a 4-way junction. Follow the orange blazed toward Gap Creek Trail. As you top a rise shortly after 2 miles the purple blazed trail leads off slightly right. There is a large cairn there as well as a painted purple blaze. At this point the purple blazes are primarily on rocks - some are faded. It was an OK hike but between haze and having to scurry back down, we did not feel it was worth more effort. On the plus side, we saw not one other person.

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

What a hike! This was our longest hiking adventure to date - we started at the Limberlost trailhead, hiking down Old Rag Fire Road to complete the full Old Rag loop in the counter-clockwise direction for a total of ~14.6 miles. The hike, including numerous breaks for rest, snacking, and taking in the sights, took a total of 10 hours. We completed the hike on a Friday (5/17/19) and often found ourselves alone to enjoy the natural beauty. We did even have a bear cub run out in front of us on the trail! After slowing things down to make sure Mom wasn’t near we kept moving with no issues. The summit views on both Old Rag and Robertson Mountain were worth the mileage, offering truly panoramic views of the park. The rock scramble (completed after the summit of Old Rag) was a new experiment for my wife and I - a very fun and new challenge. Definitely be prepared to exert some more upper body than on a typical hike. The descent down Old Rag immediately followed by the ascent of Robertson was the most difficult portion, we slowed down the pace here. Having hiking poles to take some of the pressure off the legs on these portions is highly recommended. The stretches of hiking between the summits did become repetitive at times and several were primarily gravel (the only reason for 4 vs. 5 stars). However, all of the trails were well maintained! A great way to experience Shenandoah!

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Pretty serious uphill climb early on over a rough fire road. The last segment along the ridge of the mountain is absolutely spectacular. Several amazing areas where someone has camped.

scramble
2 months ago

Driving from Houston to Maryland and just had to get out of the truck and stretch my legs. Found this trail from the rest stop and just had to tackle it. Wow what a view. First two miles is jeep trail and pretty boring, except it's a consistent climb. Most the elevation change is in the first two miles. The last mile-ish is where the real fun begins and you start with some easy rock scrambles (flat, not really climbing) and right at the end you get a few rock ledges to "climb" up on. Only the last 500' or so present any real challenge. I would say this is one of the easier HARD trails you'll find. The views at the end are amazing. There is a buzzard nest in the rocks at the end, don't let them scare ya too much. Take some pics and head back to base! Trail is well marked but would be tough in dark for last mile of the ascent.

All paved, it was a beautiful way to see Luray. highly recommend for anyone looking for a nice stroll, very accessible

Fine trail. Not a lot of views, but there are some. Clockwise will be a fun mountain bike ride when dries out. In spring (April) when I did it there was a lot of spring streams which was nice for the dog. Definitely wear good waterproof hikers in spring but hear it dries out in summer. Two large streams for water along the way at trailhead and 1/2 way. Was nice to rinse the dog before ride home. Several campsites along access road if traveling a ways. Cheers

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

It earned its level of difficulty and not for the beginner hiker. I would not consider this a bushwack. The trail is rocky and has some scrambled and rock climbing. Focus in on your inner gazelle. Some of the purple blazes have been repainted. Others are plastic pieces or cup lids nailed to a tree. I completed this as a solo hike. Don't let other reviews scare you from completing this trail. Just know your abilities before proceeding. The views at the end are phenomenal! I will hike again but enter from the Massanutten Trail. From Scothhorn Gap it's basically a fire road.

Got the the park late because of traffic twice from NC and they had already closed. Hiked 2.5 miles down to the river and setup my tarp/hammock. Stormed all night but I loved it, didn't get wet at all. Bright green moss everywhere, steep downhill, river /stream with nice flow, nicely marked trails. 2 other camping parties, one small group tent camping and one in Corbin cabin but otherwise didn't see anyone. Nice wildlife, saw a hawk, white trailed deer, and even a black & white spotted salamander.

hiking
scramble
2 months ago

Completed 04/03/19 - My 29th Birthday! . This trail was by far the hardest trail I’ve ever done personally, but with that being said; it was by far the best experience I’ve had while hiking to a summit! If you decide to take the counter clockwise route and head strait to the bolder scramble, the trail is a bit strenuous and you will likely exert a good bit of energy here, so take a slower pace. Beware for those who have little legs or less upper body strength, the rock scramble will be more difficult and you will likely need assistance if you have never done this type of thing; its requires some had over hand climbing on slippery rock faces. I’m a 5”3, 130lbs, I had to have my boyfriend give me a hand up more then a few times! Overall it was really fun and I will be doing it again in the future, see ya there! :P

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muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Good hike but also nothing special.

Great circuit trail, make sure you have an additional smaller pack for the rock scramble and a meal at the top. Very light traffic in October. Multiple camping locations near the summit. We also added in Strikler knob summit on the south end of the hike for an extra view

Gorgeous hike. Amazing in winter when views are endless.

hiking
8 months ago

I loved this trail!! My friend and I did this trail and it took us 5 hours. Loring S.’s link to the east coast website really helped. We followed it and we got to see amazing views. Note: there are a very few pink markers so pay extra attention when you get to this area.

rock climbing
8 months ago

Good hike for those who like to go up and down the rock scrambles. Word of advice though, make sure you head up with enough time to come down while it's still daylight. The purple trail markers, while easy enough to see going up, are very easy to miss going back down, especially if it gets dark. Two of us thought we had enough time to get down before dark, but the climb up took a bit longer than expected and we ended up taking multiple wrong turns coming down the rock scramble. Only the GPS map tracking through this app helped up find the path every time we got off it, but we were definitely creating our own paths at times and trying to do this in the dark was not a good time. Overall, the views were good and the rock scramble fun on the way up, but not something I have a need or desire to go back to.

Amazing hike! Completed 10/10/18. Started at the Limberlost Trailhead and took that to the Old Rag Fire Road to Weakley Hollow. Same route on the return after the clockwose loop. The 7 hour round trip with a few quick stops to eat, drink and enjoy the views. Prepare for a strenuous work out on the return trip to Skyline Dr. on the Old Rag Fire Road after completing the Old Rag Mountain section. Was sure I would encounter some bears or other wildlife on this trek but it was very quiet and solitary with exception of a few whitetail deer. Would do it again but would like to try one of the alternate routes to Old Rag such as Berry Hollow, Robertson Mountain or Corbin Hollow Trails. Cheers!

Went on a one night overnight to Duncan Knob with my dog and had an overall good time. The trail was incredibly swampy on the yellow part of the trail going up and, without waterproof shoes, you are guaranteed to get your feet wet. Also, am glad I brought bug spray because the bugs were relentless on that part of the trail. Note that there are no good water sources on this part of the trail before Duncan Knob so plan accordingly. Once we got to Duncan Knob it was great to camp out and we had the sites to ourselves. On the way back around the other side of the loop, the trail was much less swampy and buggy (although still muddy) and we got to see a black bear running away from us into the forest. I did find later when returning home that hundreds of tick larva had found their way onto my ankles so make sure to check yourself for ticks and wear pants as a precaution. This part of the trail was much better and had a good source of water. If I were to do this trip again I’d take an out and back path past middle mountain up to Duncan Knob and back the same way (counter clockwise up, clockwise back) to avoid the swampy part of the trail, even thought it was much steeper.

Nice, easy trail. I got to see my first (up close) bear on this trail! It’s a great one to take kids on for a sensory hike. There aren’t any “views” (other than Mother Nature herself), but it’s still a nice one to do if you have some extra time at Shenandoah or if you just want to take it easy for a couple hours.

Definitely filler. No views.

tried the trail today. trail head coordinates were a bit off by maybe a hundred yards. There's another trail that was at the coordinates. once we figured out where we were going it was fine. old fire road makes the trail until the vertical increases. once we got to that point the weeds were too thick to walk through. unfortunately had to turn around. wished we could have finished

we visited with old aged parents. was a bit nervous but it was easy. There were many chairs on the way for people to relax. This is as easy as it can be.

It was a good hike definately some big climbs, but water was available, well marked, pretty challenging climbing up to the blue ridge parkway, views would have been better without the fog and rain but it was great.

very easy trail. nice filler. good for beginners. has an offshoot to other trails.

This is such a beautiful drive. The scenes are just magnificent. Its extra beautiful during the fall with all the leaves changing.

hiking
10 months ago

Very easy walking trail. It is flat with a gravel path and benches. We saw deer out here and we were able to get some great photos. You can connect to the Cresent Rock Trail from here. Cresent Rock is a 1.1 mike uphill climb which will take you to Skyline Drive. Cross the road to reach the Cresent Rock Overlook parking area and see the view.

Did this trail about a week ago during the rain. Definitely some of the best views in the area. Went by myself ignoring the reviews where people said not to go alone, and I’m going to have to reinstate the danger to the people who think just like me. Once you get to the top it’s a likely place for someone to twist an ankle, and as others have said, it is a lightly trafficked. As long as you keep it safe you will have a great time when I got to the top I saw 2 giant Turkey Buzzards blocking my path and scared me half to death, I started making noises to scare them away, because I didn’t know if they were dangerous or not. However after doing my research I found, turkey Vultures in North America are not harmful and only tend to eat dead animals haha. But let me tell you those things are freaky looking. Anyways, safe travels everybody!

hiking
11 months ago

Hiked today. I actually missed it first time - kept going on orange blazed trail, and had to come back. Loring S. review down there is the most useful as far as direction goes. Except - there is no pile of rocks any longer indicating where you turn right on purple trail. Anyway, start with yellow blazers trail, then follow trail with orange blazes. If you keep follow orange blazed trail and it descending to overgrown trail down - you have missed the right turn to purple blazed trail to Strickler Knob. Come back. Purple trail is not that hard, just take it slow, find your footing, look for purple blazers on stones (I wish they repainted, and put more of those).

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