Looking for a great trail near Nellysford, Virginia? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Kemper Park or Ragged Mountain Natural Area, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Nellysford ranging from 1.2 to 7 miles and from 1,000 to 3,257 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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3 days ago

Took our 11yo who was griping the whole way in the car and to the Falls... On the way back he was one happy hiker. Swimming at the Falls was a once in a lifetime experience! We had the Falls to ourselves on a quiet Sunday summer morning.

Great loop to get some good elevation on a shorter run. As others have done, I went clockwise. Most sections were easy to run - trails were clear and not overly technical except for a few parts. There was a black bear along the trail but didn't bother anyone - just foraged along the side. The humpback rocks section was pretty busy but worth checking out for some good views.

One of the best views in the area (and no entrance fee here, vs inside the national park.) Ascent is steep and rocky; descent on the AT was a little overgrown but otherwise easy and well-shaded. No crowds on a Thursday afternoon.

not much in the way of views but if you're looking for an easy and quiet walk through the woods this will give you that.

hiking
11 days ago

Got lucky with a low-humidity Saturday in August, arrived at the parking lot around 8 am and was one of about 6 cars (which for Humpback is rare). Did the entire trail marked in this app except the glass hollow overlook (towards the end off the AT section). Dog and I loved it - peaceful, trails were well-marked, a couple of beautiful blue ridge views along the way. We made it to the shelter, had a snack, and headed back to rejoin the loop. Got back to our car at exactly 11am. Only saw about 6 people along the way. Trail had some hillier / rockier sections, would recommend hiking shoes / boots or hardy sneakers. Excited to do this again in the fall!

I did this hike with me, myself, and I on Saturday. I arrived around 7:30 to a mostly empty parking lot (not the case by the time I finished). This is a peaceful hike with minimal traffic. I only saw a few other people, some of them twice since I did some backtracking looking for the plane wreck. I started on the blue blazed section of the Jack Albright Loop trail, went to the shelter, then returned to the parking lot on the white blazed AT/Jack Albright Loop, stopping at the Glass Hollow Overlook. While the plane wreck may be "can't miss" during certain times of the year, I had a hard time locating the wreck. With all the backtracking and hiking the section for the second time, I must have walked past it 5 times. The only reason I found it was I happened to see a little path leading up into the woods. I followed the path and that took me to the wreck. There is a tree that has fallen across some of the wreckage. https://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/DobieMountain/

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bugs
over grown
11 days ago

Just about 20 mins walk into the trail we came to a big rock that opened onto a beautiful view west of the Shenandoah Valley. A perfect skirt hike with a great reward.

Hiked today. Followed "hikingupward" directions, made it to the shelter. Nice shelter indeed, with very peaceful stream - saw 2 through hikers refilling water bottles. I did not see any granite bench by the shelter, and I really looked. Now, my real goal was to find plane crash site. So, I turned right to blue trail from AT, walked almost 1.5 mile, did not spot any plane crash site. Maybe it's overgrowth, or just me - I don't know. After 1.5 mile blue trail started to go steeply up. I was tired, and figured, just forget it, came back to AT and retraced my steps to parking lot. Surprisingly - although humpback mountain parking lot was full at 0915 am, I hiked all the way to the shelter by myself.

This is my third time hiking this trail since June. It's just convenient for me - close to where I stay. I noticed after rains in July some parts of AT trail is very overgrown. I am 5'7", and grass is almost my height. I hiked it anyway, it is up and down with couple of good overlooks before Humpback rocks, good workout. I was pretty much alone today, just met one through hiker - it's cool.

Agreed with other reviews, I wouldn't say this trail is easy. Follow "Morgan's Loop"/yellow blazes. Easily marked. The trail is very rocky going down, and a little less rocky coming up. Steep incline either way. Wear appropriate shoes! Hike was done in under an hour with a small dog, so it's a nice quick outing but definitely could be tricky depending on skill level. Also, there isn't really a designated place to park except small, unmarked pull offs on the side of the road. Part of trail is also taped off for "buried electric wire" but was easy enough to go around.

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29 days ago

Great little hike. Shaded, & easy to find. Took my dog to cool off on hot day on our way to other trails.

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bugs
rocky
1 month ago

park at the rocks lookout parking lot. go to the right straight up the hill. take the loop back.

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bugs
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

The trail from the picinic ground to Appalachian trail has been overgrown and not maintained, we had to abandon our walk after less than a mile. After that, we drove north to Humpback Rocks trailhead parking and had a great hike.

Arrived at the trailhead about 8:30 AM and parking was no problem despite being a holiday. Did the loop clockwise with lots of runnable sections. The Rocks at the top were crowded, so I didn't stop long. Expect the short/steep Humpback Rocks section to be crowded, but the Dobbie Mountain and other sections have few hikers and make the trip more than worth it! No problems with ticks or biting flies!

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Hidden gem. A little muddy and rocky but relatively easy-moderate hike. There is one little river crossing before some inclines. The waterfall is beautiful and has little pools of water to swim and skip stones. Our kids were bummed we didn’t bring bathing suits. Trail was well marked.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike. I was the only one on the trail. It is actually easy for the first mile and is only moderate at the end. The trail is well marked but not the entrance. Park at the yellow gate even if it is open since the work crews lock it when they leave during the day. On the gravel road, you will approach a utility building. Go around the building and take the bridge across the creek. This is the beginning of the actual trail but do not take the archery trail.

Tough ascent with some scrambling, decent is much easier with some good views at the peak

Dobie mountain/Jack Albright loop were okay. My dog and I had the trail to ourselves, and my dog loved this part of the trail. Humpback Rocks was awful. I expected it to be crowded because it was a Saturday, but it was way overcrowded. Hopefully it's better during the week. I ended up carrying my dog almost the entire way because it was the only way for us to get by the huge groups of people. There were toddlers and small children running and screaming everywhere. One kid slung a stick at my dog (probably not on purpose...there were just kids going wild). Part of the trail is fairly wide but a lot of it is very narrow and very rocky, making it difficult to pass people coming in the other direction. I felt extremely crowded in. Once at the top, there were so many people sitting, as well as climbing up and down the rocks, I barely got a view. At this point, I wanted nothing more than to get out of that place. Again, hopefully it's not always that bad. It would be okay without the crowds. Dobie mountain was boring for me, because it was just woods with tons of bugs flying into my eyes and ears with no good views, but my dog enjoyed it.

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