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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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Blackrock Summit Trail
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4 Completed 0 Reviews

Short hike, but well worth the stop! Beautiful 360 views at the summit after an awesome boulder climb. Great for beginers!

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Waller Mill Park Trails
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Took the lookout tower trail (about 2.5 miles round trip from the parking lot). It was a pretty good walk. The trail was sand and dirt. The beginning 2/3 was extreme ups and downs and the trail was very rooty. The last 1/3 was smooth and gradual. I would definitely go back.

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Theodore Roosevelt Island
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12 Completed 11 Reviews

This is one of those "check that box" trails people should do. No great views or real trail interest, but some random memorial to FDR, the creator of The New Deal. There is plenty to do if you're into collecting water samples.

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Bull Run Mountain Quarry trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Had a great time. Took a hike with my dog. Soon dogs will not be allowed. Then the next day took some friends out here since I knew they could do it. Good hills to walk and a great view for a finish. The trail is very busy if you want to be more alone. Or you can just follow people if you are nervous about finding your way. We ended up doing 7 miles of trail which checking other trials out. It is not just a mile to get to the viewpoint.

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Mattaponi Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

It was a nice walk. Very serene.

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Riprap Trail
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31 Completed 12 Reviews

This trail really does 'have it all' as the description states. I completed the full loop which is just under 10 hours, however, my phone went dead! Bummer. That being said, I did have cell coverage the entire time that my phone was on which is very rare.

The trail is extremely well marked. From the RIPRAP parking lot walk up a very short spur and you will be on the AT. Turn right for a counterclockwise loop. After a short but steep .25 miles (?) you will see a post with engraved lettering on the medal strips that circle the post. The signs indicate that to continue on the AT heading north go straight. For the RIPRAP trail take the 90 degree turn left / West and you are on your way!

Blue paint marks on trees mark the entire way. Several times near the creek you will be required to cross over. Assume water and watch kids carefully as this is fast - while shallow - water.

After approx. 4 miles you will come to another post which indicates that a left turn will take you up and around to continue on the loop. The going from this point on - for approx. an hour, is pretty steep. After that point it is a rolling trail and around the 7.5-8 mile mark you will again join the AT.

I really enjoyed this trail and was able to complete it in 5 hours however I did not really stop much except for a few photo opps and to get food out of my bag. I would plan at least 7 hours of sunlight for this loop to allow for some rest stops.

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Stony Creek Trail
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31 Completed 1 Reviews

A quiet 3.3mi. connector trail from FR-92 to Mill Mtn / Big Schloss or a 6.6 out and back. It's all uphill from the fire road but it's a nice walk out being as the 1470ft of gain is pretty evenly distributed throughout the trail. This trail is far enough off the beaten path to be fairly quiet yet close enough for a day hike.

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Hemlock Overlook Regional Park
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

I loved the Blue Blazes section of this trail. The loop within the park is a little different. There seems to be a missing section of trail, based on what was on the trail map. This led to a much longer hike than we anticipated, but it was overall enjoyable. Plenty of walking along the water and some nice stream crossings.

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Bull Run - Occoquan Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

I've done two sections of this trail now, and I love it. I did the Hemlock Overlook section a couple weeks ago, and from Fountainhead to Bull Run Marina today. 12 miles out and back today was a blast. Not quite as scenic as the river walk at Hemlock Overlook, though. The trail is well marked and maintained. I am hoping to do the whole trail next week.

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Conway Robinson State Forest Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Good trail for days I don't want to travel too far. If you bike the trail you are supposed to have a State Use permit that cost $16.00 but I've never seen anyone checking. I wouldn't mind if they would though it might keep the creepy guys from hanging out there.
Overall the trails are not very technical and you can do loops pretty quickly.

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