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

poorly marked, ended up on a mt bike path, extra 4 miles. once I got back to it the access road is half the trail. saw what I think was a young black bear.

This is a very challenging, rocky and steep trail. The views at Strickler Knob are beautiful and rewarding, but unless you are seeking a major fitness experience (which is great!), there are other routes that yield the same payoff. We skipped the return trip all the way on Massanutten in favor of an extra two miles on Crisman Rd — not because of the workout but because we encountered not one, but two!, rattlesnakes on the way. Be very careful and stay alert! These snakes were large, loud and angry — and right on the trail.

The views are fantastic and worth it! But as the other review mentioned, this hike is not a cake walk. The distance combined with the elevation change really challenged us. The worst part for me was the last incline close to the parking lot on the way back. By the time we got back to the car, it felt life life had been sucked out of me.

4 months ago

Fun hike, don’t have to go too far to get the views from the top. The overlooks are definitely nice.

FOREWARNING: This is not what I would consider a "Moderate" trail. I am a seasoned hiker (Old Rag, Duncan Knob, Signal Knob, Ect. Trails that this app rates "Hard"). This trail sucks. In mainly good ways, but it sucks. One of the steepest climbs in this area. Duncan Knob is rated as "Hard" in this app so, just a heads up, the trail itself is WAY harder. I've had unseasoned people throw up on this thing (in all fairness, I've had unseasoned people throw up on old rag too). But really people don't take this trail lightly.

Having that said, it's one of the best hikes in Luray. Beautiful views!

Great hike. It's not to hard, my 6 year old did it juat fine. the views at the over look are beautiful.

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8 months ago

We started our hike at the Massanutten trail head off of Crimson Hollow Road at around 9:45 am. Parking is limited but when we got there there we were only the 2nd car to get there. The hike starts out quite flat for 3/4 mile or so then gets quite steep down (which you will have to come back up, and I'd say it was the steepest part of the hike). The rest of the hike you just follow the orange trail Until the turn off for strickler knob which is a pink trail blaze. We actually missed the pink for some reason and continued on the orange but realized we were going down hill so turned back around. I definitely recommend wearing hiking boots with good ankle support since the trail is very rocky. We followed the Hiking Upward guide which was pretty accurate. Said it would take about 5 hrs (round trip) not including lunch, which it was pretty spot on. Though we were going at a faster pace and didn't take many stops. I think it would take a little longer for those who aren't as fit. Via my garmin it was 4.85 miles to strickler knob, so round trip not including the little extra we did was prob 9.6 miles round trip. Definitely comparable to Old Rag, slightly easier, much lighter traffic. Also AMAZING views!

Should be rated EASY. Pleasant walk across fields and along river. Overlook is great. Don't follow Directions map-takes you to wrong side of river. Actually located in New Market battlefields and you have to pay admission to the grounds.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

We did this years ago. It followed the river much of the way and got really scenic toward the end.

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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Nice but not all that scenic. North out of Luray gets better.

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on Bird Knob Trail

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