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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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  • Best Mountain Biking

  • Best Trail Running

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Beaver Dam Reservoir Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Although it was a nice hike and had beautiful scenery, the trail was not kept up. If more people had gone through the trail, it would have been better. I would say it needs to be broken in A bit more.

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Appalachian Trail: Snickers Gap to Blackburn Trail Center
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

A great hike, the only problem I had is it says it's a loop. I could not find the looping part and had to back track a few times. Other than that very good. Also very rocky.

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Wildcat Mountain Loop Trail
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

Beautiful trail with a lot of rocks and lift. The Nature Conservancy (where I work) has developed an audio tour that you can take with you on the trail to better understand the human and natural history of the area (see link). Please note that the old house is now closed due to safety concerns.

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Martha Custis Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

My fave running trail by far. Undulating hills (sometimes steep) with nice vegetation around. Will take you from Falls Church/Arlington to the edge of DC and back. It coasts along the busy 66. You can also pick up the best Italian sub and NY style pizza at the Italian Store, between mile 2.5 and 3. Also, there is something satisfying about beating the stalled traffic in the morning commute by bike to Georgetown U. Water stops at mile 0 and 2.

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Fraser Preserve
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

I've been here several times, most recently with my son's cub scout troop. The trail is rustic and narrow (single-file in many spots) but a big plus for the young boys was the wide road downhill from the parking area to the trailhead. They ran and ran, so by the time we were to the trailhead they had gotten their excess energy out and they were ready for a slower walk to look at plants and bugs! We did the shorter hike, down to the river and back.

Some sections of the longer train are closed off because of the many trees that have fallen down in recent storms, The Nature Conservancy owns the land and has developed an aoudio tour to help visitors better understand what they are seeing at this preserve (see http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/virginia/placesweprotect/fraser-audio-tour-1.xml ).

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Motts Run Reservoir Trails
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Went for a trail run here, and it wasn't to bad. Nothing too extreme so nice overall. I hear FATMUG is going to construct a 12 mile mountain biking trail here so I am stoked for that and will leave a much improved review after ripping that up.

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Rock Quarry
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

I come to this trail about once a week on the Mountain Bike. Depending on my mood and activity level that day there are a multitude of trails to choose from for an moderately easy cruise to strenuous uphills and treacherous downs that are not for the faint of heart or inexperienced.

The trail overall is well kept singletrack with log obstacles and little rock jumps here and there. No man-made banks but the constant riding does a good job at curving high speed corners. The trail isn't marked as far as trail heads and where things split so head to my helpful link below and download and print the map from FAMBE. Even with it it's hard to know which path is which if your not good with navigation.

That being said, if you do get lost just follow the water downstream to get back to the I-95 bridge or upstream to get out over by Celebrate Virginia and Wegmans. So its not hard to be found! Also watch out for the Quarry, the water is nice but plenty have taken tumbles into the drink and I've seen police dragging it with nets so be aware of what you might be falling into!

As with any trail there are other's on it, so be careful in spots, the sound of water or people with headphones make it hard to hear oncoming bikes that may be speeding through. There are several blind corners where I could foresee someone flying through and plowing into a less skilled rider or hiker with headphones.

I believe FAMBE is going to head out to post trail head signs or tag them with colored ribbon or something so it is easier to identify which head is which so stay tuned.

AS always clean up your trash! Lots of beer drinking litterers around there leaving cans and smokes in spots and knocking branches into the path. Be respectful to those who MTB, one loose stick could spell disaster!

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Cascades National Recreation Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

From start to finish, beautiful ...river scenery and forest along side. Small falls up along the trail...just as pretty. Started by following the right side of the trail, rocky in some parts but not to difficult. Right side trail crosses over to a similar trail to the top. What a beautiful sight...HUGE waterfall and pool at bottom. Nice area to rest enjoy the view. Took the easy route back which was a driveway for the ranger...but was beautiful forestry along the way...Entire hike was GREAT!

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Dragon Tooth Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

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South River Falls Trail
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12 Completed 5 Reviews

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