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

backpacking
10 days ago

It was an incredible experience

This is a great hike for families with kids. My family loved playing in the water. Wear shoes with the expectation of getting wet. This is an easy hike in my opinion with very little elevation change.

Fun to wade through the water as we crossed to follow the trail. A bit buggy with the standing water pools but overall fun and moderate hike with baby in a backpack. We took a nice dip at the end.

backpacking
2 months ago

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i want to give it more stars, but i just dunno. we did this trail counter clockwise and after doing that Id recommend going clockwise because the best landscape view will be at a huge camp site near the end of your trip. doing this trail counter clockwise kinda felt like a lot of work with very little payoff. water on the 'right' side can be an issue because there isnt any. and there is too much water on the 'left.' we crossed the draft like 20 times on the way down mostly barefoot. the last crossing before the 1.5 to the lot is above the knee...that was kinda funny. bottom line, prepare yourself physically and mentally for this one. you will get wet, it will be chilly (as in my nose was so cold it woke me several times) overnight on the higher portions of the trail (unless its dead summer), and it is tough in some spots going up and down continuously. If you want lots of views of rolling hills Id pick another spot. if you want a challenge and like to frolic in the stream, go here. lol

hiking
2 months ago

Tons of springs relative easy loop to do in a day.

hiking
7 months ago

Not well marked, but if you follow the gps map on all trails and look up the direction on hiking upwards, it’s not too bad. Definitely would not hike this trail without using gps on the all trails app. All together a great hike, very difficult and treacherous footing at times. I would not hike this trail if it has rained recently as the trail is narrow and the stream crossings numerous. We hiked in late November and were easily able to cross the draft every time. Hiner springs is an awesome campground and well worth the hike to get there. If you hike counterclockwise like the directions say and camp at Hiner springs, the second day hike is a piece of cake and beautiful.

Lovely. Not well marked.

backpacking
9 months ago

The stream was fairly dry last weekend - I planned to climb the ridge first (counterclockwise) but got concerned when I crossed the dry stream bed with no visible water. I then went up the creek a few hundred feet and found some water (not much at all) and then then proceeded with plan A to climb the ridge. The ridge trail is not difficult or steep, but this is not the place for shorts, as the nettles and brambles on the ridge continue for several miles with some poison ivy mixed in, and the brambles punctured my brand new rain pants. The Bald Knob Trail did not reward with any bald views, and was entirely uninteresting except for some wooded views. I was mentally prepared for the false summits after reading these reviews, so did not find that part too bad. The accumulation of false summits totalled about a 3000 ft elevation gain on day 1, so fairly strenuous. The Hiners Spring Trail was much better and prettier, as was the top maybe 1-2 miles of the Ramsey's Draft trail, with good footing, clear trail, and old growth forest. If the entire loop was like that, I would have enjoyed the hike very much. Found a nice little campsite beside the headwaters, which was barely trickling but good enough. But the lower 3 miles of the Ramsey's Draft Trail is an exercise in avoiding poison ivy, which I could almost (but not quite) accomplish by walking like a stork in places. There were also an abundance of nettles in that section. The blowdowns were cleared except for a handful, which did not bother me, and the stream crossings were easy due to the dry creek bed. One reviewer said he caught trout in the stream; now I've caught brook trout in some pretty small streams but this stream was barely more than six inches deep in between the dry places (not that I brought any fishing gear anyway). There were a few 1 inch minnows in there, and a crayfish that I saw, but nothing more. Maybe it would be different in a different season - perhaps the trout fled downstream if they were smart. It is a wild feeling place, but I probably won't return due to nettles, brambles, and poison ivy. Maybe it's a better winter hike.

hiking
10 months ago

This is a very easy trail to hike. The trail runs along side the river and offers a lot of swimming holes. My kids love crossing the swinging bridge. There isn't much parking next to the train entrance so you have to walk to get to the trail.

backpacking
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Went up west side in loop and then came down the draft. Beautiful, if chilly, weather. Camped up at the saddle area and it has to be my favorite campsite ever. Fairly open campsite with fire ring and a spring a short walk away. Lots of fallen trees along the Draft, many giants of the forest felled by weather it appears. Clambering over the deadfall was challenging and time consuming. Since we came early the green hadn't blotted out many of the views along the ridge or in the draft. Just a good moderately challenging experience for our Scout troop.

hiking
Friday, April 14, 2017

This was a great last minute hiking trip I decided to take with my 10 year old. We only did about four miles as we had a late start, but it was easier than we thought and the constant sound and sight of the river was wonderful. We even found a little "stone island" about 1.7 miles in that we stopped and crossed to for a snack without much trouble. We would love to come back to finish the whole thing. Only issue I had was parking. It would be nice if there was more direction for this as the trail is not clearly labeled as the one we wanted to take. Parking was slightly up the road and we had to walk down to get to the trail and use a failing GPS to find the right start point. This wasted some time we could have spent hiking.

hiking
Monday, January 16, 2017

It's is a nice little hike to do. Doesn't take too long. Beautiful scenery

hiking
Tuesday, November 08, 2016

I love playing back through there it feels so far away but yet it's so close by

backpacking
Tuesday, November 08, 2016

cross that Creek so many times came down off Shenandoah Mountain trail from Jerrys run backup Hiner spring and around Bald Knob to braley's pond

hiking
Monday, April 18, 2016

I've been hiking Ramsey's Draft Wilderness area for 15 years and this last trip (April 16') was the best. The weather was perfect (High 60's Day & Low 40's Night) and Harscrabble Knob was no disappointment. Hiking the draft from the Mountain House to the knob is a beautiful and fun hike. The view from Harscrabble towards Staunton is worth it both at night and during the day. In my opinion Bald Ridge Trail is less than enjoyable. I'll take the draft trail up and back every time. Keep hiking!

fishing
Sunday, January 18, 2015

I brought my fly-fishing gear and caught several native brook trout.

hiking
Sunday, August 17, 2014

Very easy with many stream crossings. The water was running very low when I went (August) so I crossed without even getting my boots wet. It definitely took the magic out of it and just turned it into a 4 mile walk next to a dry creek.

trail running
Monday, June 09, 2014

Great trail for trail runners! Moderate to difficult climb.

hiking
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

awesome trail for an overnight, great places to camp alongside the river. Be mindful of the weather, it had rained a few days before we got there and the river was waist deep in spots...you'll have to cross the river several times on Ramsey's Draft trail.

hiking
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Very easy trail, as mentioned before there are several river crossings so bring the right gear. There are a few places to camp along the trail if you desire to just get away for a night. I am pretty sure they use the trail with horses so look out for droppings.

camping
Friday, March 08, 2013

Great hike if you don't mind some rock-hopping to cross the draft a few times. The dying old-growth hemlock trees are something to behold. The GW wilderness has several loop trail options.

mountain biking
Friday, September 16, 2011

Easy trail, but with several river crossings. Lovely river views

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