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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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Manassas National Battlefield Park
by Chris Johnson

19 Completed 2 Reviews

Great place with so many different trails to run or hike. A must do for those visiting the area.

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Marys Rock Trail
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4 Completed 5 Reviews

Nice clearly marked trail for a moderate incline hike. Parked in the lot and walked towards the trail head. This trail is part of the Appalachian Trail. Trails are clearly marked and offer great views throughout. When I hiked this trail there was about 8 inches of snow on the ground so it did add to the difficulty and some parts were slippery. Hiked this trail with my dog and while it is not for beginners it is not a very difficult trail.

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Sharp Top Trail
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9 Completed 1 Reviews

This trail is usually fairly popular and crowded during the summer as it is shorter (but somewhat strenuous) trail that leads to amazing 360 degree views. It is one of the more unique trails in Skyline Drive that you hike upwards at start to peak and then drop elevation on the return. A favorite of our family that we have hiked many times!

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Government Island
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7 Completed 5 Reviews

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Old Rag Trail
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7 Completed 5 Reviews

Awesome hike, awesome views, awesome rock scramble.

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Old Rag Trail
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1 Completed 3 Reviews

Forgot to give it my stars.....

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Old Rag Trail
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1 Completed 3 Reviews

Forgot to give it my stars.....

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Old Rag Trail
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1 Completed 3 Reviews

I call it a "jungle gym for adults".
I've hiked Old Rag at least 8 times and enjoy it every time. I love taking people who have never been especially people with little to no hiking experience. It is easily my favorite hike in the Mid-Atlantic. A lot of people complain that they don't like it because it can be too crowded. But I've never heard anyone complain about the actual hike it self. I agree there can be a lot of people on the trail sometimes but if you can go during mid week (between Tues and Thurs) it's not nearly as bad. Aside from any erosion potential, the amount of people don't bother me too much because if it's such a great hike,... why shouldn't it be popular? Like people who don't like a band solely because they became too popular. If their music is good, why shouldn't a lot of people experience it.
The hike itself is awesome and fairly strenuous . I find the trail itself before you reach the rocks to be harder than the rock part of the climb. Mainly because some parts of the trail going upwards are steep and I personally move slower on inclines as I don't do well with most things cardio.The rock part of the climb is the fun part. Not real strenuous but there are some parts where you need to take your time and analyze your next move before you make it. If you can do this hike at the peak of the foliage on a beautiful sunny day,... that will be your reward for completing an intense hike. I'd hit it perfect twice and there is very little I've ever seen to match it's beauty.
While at the top, play around on the boulders and enjoy the views. If the boulders are wet be really careful, they're slick. If you loved the rock part of the climb, go back the way you came and do it again the opposite way. But if you enjoy seeing things you haven't yet, continue on the circuit and it'll loop you around back to where you started. Parts of the trail on the other side are really pretty. If you have at least 2 full solid days (3 so you can really enjoy it), go backpacking and connect yourself to the White Oak Canyon Trail and hike that. Another beautiful hike. I actually prefer White Oak Canyon when it's raining and Old Rag when it's sunny and beautiful.
Old Rag is a great 1st "intense" hike. If you're hiking has always been casual easier hikes in the woods along streams, etc. yet you've always yearned to do an "intense" hike,..... make Old Rag your first. If you don't end up enjoying it, then harder intense hikes aren't meant for you. And if you go on a cloudy or rainy day you're not going to reap the rewards of the views from your long day. Try to at least make your first Old Rag hike on a beautiful sunny day so you get the full experience.
Happy Hiking

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First Landing State Park
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2 Completed 3 Reviews

The ranger that checked me in recommended site #30 when I asked for a secluded spot, and I was not disappointed. It was the most private and secluded compared to the rest of the spots throughout the campground. Unfortunately, the rest of the campground spots seemed to be right on top of each other. But in the summer time the beach front spots are probably pretty desirable, even though they are tight. The trails across the street are nice, except on the weekends when they are packed with too many people! This is a great little getaway in the winter when I went. My dogs loved it!

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Crawfish / Channel Rock Loop
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33 Completed 1 Reviews

Secluded area and you will almost always be alone with the wild life. I have seen Bears, huge Deer, and even a Rattlesnake. Great scenery!

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