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Old Rag Trail

Sperryville, VA

Old Rag Trail is an 7 mile round trip trail or 8.9 mile loop trail located near Sperryville, Virginia that features a river and is only recommended for serious hiker. The trail is primarily used for camping, hiking, rock climbing & walking and is accessible year-round.

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Crabtree Falls
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Belle Isle
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LOVE THIS PLACE IN RVA! A sanctuary for me all summer!!

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Chadwell Gap Trail
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OMG....I thought this trail was very challening! begins flat but then after about one mile became quite steep. Loved the dripping water fall at the cave indentions. surprised at all the rocks and clifts. great views. finally made it to the settlement. so lush and green and flat...no wonder they very seldom came down from the mountain....they had to climb back up! Beautiful photo ops.

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Mariners' Museum Park Trails
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Beautiful 5 mile walk with lots of bridges. Saw many turtles and fish. Would recommend!

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Devil's Marbleyard
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Great hike! Fun bouldering!

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Sharp Top
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11 Completed 9 Reviews

This is an extremely popular hike on weekends, especially during fall foliage season. At certain times of the year, it can be difficult to find a spot at the top to enjoy the panoramic views. However, you can get the summit to yourself, even in the summer. You have to be willing and able to go early in the morning during the week. The views are spectacular at the top, which is why it is so popular. The hike is strenuous. Those who don't get regular exercise will find it challenging, but the reward at the top is worth it.

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Appalachian Trail: Cove Mountain to Jennings Creek
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11 Completed 9 Reviews

I'm puzzled why the overview states this is recommended only for very experienced outdoorsmen. I've done the section from VA-43 to Cove Mountain shelter with my dogs multiple times in the last 3 years, and the section from Jennings Creek to the shelter twice. It isn't any more difficult to follow than any other section of the AT I have ever hiked, nor is it particularly strenuous. During leaf off there are some nice views of Sharp Top Mountain about 2 miles after you leave VA-43.

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Old Rag Trail
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Drove from Cleveland in 6 Hours . After 2 days and 12 miles at Stricklers Knob camping , we did this hike in 6 hours with lots of breaks and 45 minutes at the top . We took the fire road down feeling way to tired to try the rock scramble again . WOW ! This is a hike not to be missed , you will not be disappointed . I was there day after memorial day and just a few hikers on trail , not crowded at all . Actually planned trip to hike this on Tues. , after very , very busy holiday . Met another hiker on Strickelers , saying they were turning cars away from the overcrowded parking lots . Plan accordingly .

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Apple Orchard Falls Trail and Cornelius Creek Circuits
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Did this loop in May 2015. The circuit named above (AOF and Cornelius Creek) is not nearly that long. If you start from the bottom, it's a little more than 5 miles - just guessing. We saw a couple of parking areas there. However, we started from Sunset Field overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway (mile 78.4). That makes it a little more than 7 miles. From the bottom, the description we had read used the Apple Orchard Fire Road. But if you start at the top, there is extra distance on a connector trail (just more of the Cornelius trail) and the AT. Either way, it's a spectacular hike. Both AOF and Cornelius follow creeks with innumerable little cascades on them. And the weekend of our hike saw Rhododendron in full bloom (mountain laurel looked to be a few days behind). The main falls are 200 feet. That section of the trail has many steps, as you would expect on a sheer drop that creates such a waterfall. From the Parkway, we descended those steps, meaning we were going down the steepest part. If that sounds good to you, be sure to do this loop in counterclockwise fashion (all lefts). The Cornelius trail is a longer, more steady grade. No matter what direction you take, this is a fantastic hike. Not to be missed!

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