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Nicely maintained trail.

Excellent hike! We met up with Ranger Nate S a few times and he was so amazing.

Did this trail as a day hike starting from Rt. 56 and going counterclockwise, saving Mar Har for last.

I consider myself in pretty good physical shape and hoo-boy, did I get my money’s worth. Those with knee issues descending should consider doing Mar Har first (going clockwise from Rt. 56). There a significant evaluation climb and limited descending. Going down was just brutal. My middle aged knees are feeling their oats. Also, this clocked in at 14.3 miles.

If you’re looking for sunny vista views along the AT, make sure you watch the weather and arrive when the weather is best. I did the vista in the morning when it was overcast and then the weather cleared. It was still terrific, but was looking for sunny views.

Overall, this trail is definitely worth the work. Start early and make sure you celebrate appropriately when you’re done.

off road driving
1 day ago

Rated as moderate but imo an easy trail. Seen Subaru and Acura crossover vehicles on the trail making it through without issue Fun trail for a get together with friends.

1 day ago

Look....Don’t underestimate the difficulty of this trail. Although it’s listed as moderate, there are many obstacles such as fallen trees, overgrown shrubbery, and huge boulders that will render this trail not for the faint of heart. I recommend not going right after it rained because the rocks were very slippery and there were lots of mud puddles. My friends and I and my dog had a wonderful time even though some of us fell in the creek and or mud. I would definitely go again.

The battlefield area didn’t do much for me but nice hiking trails. Easier trails with nice hike along the Potomac.

This trail was amazing, and the rock scramble was a blast! It wasn’t as tough as I thought it would be, but it’s no walk in the park. The trail hugs the side of the rock scramble tightly and is pretty narrow and steep with lots of loose rocks. I will definitely be taking more trips out that way to spend more time. The scenery was beautiful.

It was a nice hike. Not too difficult. Good for families.

Great hike leaving from Old Rag parking lot. The way up is strenuous but fun. I did the bouldering/scrambling prior to sunrise and enjoyed the views with limited people from summit. The way down is easy but a bit lacking once you hit the fire road. I cannot even begin to describe the number of people heading in as I made my way back to parking lot from the fire road. Leave early because it is way too crowded. (Done on a Saturday morning. Started at 4:45am)

It may just be that we never found the actual trail. None of us are particularly good at maps; however, as far as we could tell this park didn’t offer much as far as activity and outdoor enjoyment went. Some pretty views of the water, but probably the most my dog and I got out of it was some agility training on the playground equipment. I don’t plan to try again. On a side note, lots of people fishing, great water access for boats, and a difficult-looking frisbee golf course if you’re into those sort of things.

Great little hike very convenient to Skyland Lodge. View from the platform area is spectacular

Great trail with stunning views! I love going to Natural Tunnel and hiking all of the trails.

2 days ago

A great warm hike. Don’t be deceived by the short distance!! This hike will get you breathing hard and everything pumping... A great 360 view at the top.

Perfect hike on a fall day. Never boring and the rock scramble really breaks things up. I like that you get the difficult part over with first and then end with a lovely 2.5 mile stroll down the fire road. Highly Recommend this hike.

Decent trail, not a lot of space at the overlook though. Probably would have rated the trail higher but the summit was too rocky for my dog to walk around on. Easy hike though if your looking for something quick and easy.

Good short hike. As noted by another review, it’s marked as “Frazier Discovery Trail”. Easy hike with good views. Trail isn’t very rocky so easy walking for the pup as well.

2 days ago

Cute trail. Made for families and grandparents. Wear your flip flops.

Awe inspiring...a sleeping beauty!

Took my 6 year old and my 4 year old and they had a good time. The right distance and a great view at the top.

Sunrise Hike . 1st Frost of the Fall. Trail was dry

It was a good bike first 2 miles difficult. You get spectacular views along the way. After 2 miles levels out to a trail intersection where we turned back. Nice hike

Super nice hike. Done it dozens of times and never gets old. A bit crowded on nice days so go off season if you can.

An incredible hike for experienced hikers, upper body strength is important throughout the rock scramble. You won’t find a better view in Virginia! Well worth the strenuous work. It states a 8.6ml hike. From the parking lot and back it’s actually 10.44, bring plenty of water and wear good hiking shoes!

Challenging great hike!

Amazing view! Steep climb, but totally worth it.

Easy hike at the end of the day. Fun to walk up into the rocks.

Very challenging, beautiful hike. Definitely wear pants, hiking shoes, and I was really glad I wore gloves.

Very nice trail! Good view at the top ! It is a marked trail

3 days ago

I saw a review below that said it was more than 13 miles. My GPS brought it in at 10.56. The sign that says 5.6 miles one way and 5.2 the other is full of crap. It is more like 7.4 and 3.4. Tough hike. Was just under 4.5 hours pushing hard. If I was to do it again I would go clockwise. Would rather go up the really steep section than go down it. Personal preference (actually that was my knees talking), either direction would be great. My only complaint would be there are fewer views than I expected. That said, the section along the Gorge is amazing, not in what you can see, but how far you could fall (not even remotely unsafe if you pay attention, but use caution when the ground is covered with wet leaves).

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