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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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Mcafee's Knob Trail
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4 Completed 0 Reviews

A loop using the AT to get to McAfee Knob, then following a fire road to the intersection of the AT and McAfee Knob Trail, picking up McAfee Knob trail back to another intersection with the AT, and taking the AT back to the parking lot on Hwy 311. For experienced hikers, this is all about the destination, which offers spectacular views. I can't recommend the trail itself. The entire trail is over-used and the AT section is badly eroded in places. The first 1 1/2 miles on the AT is so eroded and rocky that good foot gear with stiff soles and ankle support is a must. The McAfee Knob trail is a fire road and as such, completely boring. HOWEVER - for people who don't have a lot of hiking experience, or want to introduce children to hiking, I do recommend McAfee Knob trail.

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McAfee Knob - Appalachian Trail
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4 Completed 0 Reviews

A loop using the AT to get to McAfee Knob, then following a fire road to the intersection of the AT and McAfee Knob Trail, picking up McAfee Knob trail back to another intersection with the AT, and taking the AT back to the parking lot on Hwy 311. For experienced hikers, this is all about the destination, which offers spectacular views. I can't recommend the trail itself. The entire trail is over-used and the AT section is badly eroded in places. The first 1 1/2 miles on the AT is so eroded and rocky that good foot gear with stiff soles and ankle support is a must. The McAfee Knob trail is a fire road and as such, completely boring. HOWEVER - for people who don't have a lot of hiking experience, or want to introduce children to hiking, I do recommend McAfee Knob trail.

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Balcony Falls Trail
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4 Completed 0 Reviews

A few things you need to know before you choose to hike the oddly named Balcony Falls Trail. First, Balcony Falls is a set of rapids at the confluence of the James and Maury Rivers. You aren't going to be hiking to a view of a waterfall, which most people probably expect. Second, we never found an overlook. So the only time of year you are going to see any views of any kind on this trail is during leaf-off. Even then, you don't get a very good view of Balcony Falls. Third, there was a major fire in this area a few years back and the first 3/4 miles is through a lot of scrubby new growth that isn't very pretty. That being said, we hiked this in January and enjoyed the hike. The best views were on a fire service road during the last 1 1/2 miles of the trail.

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Turkey Run Loop
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Overall nice, easy hike with dogs. Really muddy and few spots were tough to figure out direction.

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Cedar Run Falls Trail
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13 Completed 8 Reviews

I've completed 9 out of the 10 waterfall trails in the park and this one by far was the most grueling with the least reward at the end. The terrain never let up - incredibly rocky and steep throughout!

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Fairy Stone State Park
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12 Completed 3 Reviews

Beautiful lake located in Ferrum near the park. Secluded and undeveloped I will go back a bring my kayak. Fairy stone is nice and would be a good place for kids to hike and look for fairy stones.

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Fairy Stone State Park
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12 Completed 3 Reviews

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Cascades National Recreation Trail
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12 Completed 3 Reviews

Great hike anytime of the year. Swimming in warm weather and beautiful views of the ice in cold weather. The trail follows a creek up to the water fall which makes for great scenery the entire way. I have hiked this trail 5 times and will hopefully be back many more.

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Appalachian Trail: Raven Rocks
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12 Completed 1 Reviews

A wonderful out-and-back trail--The views from Raven Rocks are spectacular, and it's pretty cool to hike into a different state! As other folks have said, it's pretty rocky but worth it!

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Grayson Highlands State Park
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

One of my absolute favorite trails... stunning views!

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