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Old Rag Mountain Hike

Shenandoah National Park, VA
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An amazing hike with great views.

Old Rag was a wonderful hike. You start slow, for the first 2 hours or so, you are just walking... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Ronak S
,
Paris, France
A Must

I love Old Rag! This hike is challenging and fun, and the views are amazing. The rock scramble... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kate P
,
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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“rock scramble” (97 reviews)
“parking lot” (48 reviews)
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Shenandoah National Park, VA
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"upper body strength"
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"rock scramble"
in 97 reviews
"parking lot"
in 48 reviews
"ridge trail"
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"lots of water"
in 13 reviews
"false summit"
in 8 reviews
"an early start"
in 6 reviews
"bring enough"
in 5 reviews
"full body"
in 4 reviews
"upper lot"
in 3 reviews
"avoid the crowds"
in 9 reviews
"bring plenty"
in 3 reviews
"huge rocks"
in 3 reviews
"tight squeezes"
in 3 reviews
"trail mix"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Old Rag was a wonderful hike. You start slow, for the first 2 hours or so, you are just walking uphill through dense vegetation and it may seem boring, but then you start seeing great views. And when you get to the Rocky Scramble, the...More

1  Thank Ronak S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love Old Rag! This hike is challenging and fun, and the views are amazing. The rock scramble makes this hike unique. Make sure that you know the specific address for the parking lot in advance because there is no signal and I got lost...More

Thank Kate P
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

Old Rag is one of the best hikes I have taken in Virginia. It is very crowded on weekends so plan to get there early. Parking lot is huge, but fills up fast. If you can do it, best to plan the hike in the...More

2  Thank Lisawoodart
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

I can say I actually hiked Old Rag Mountain and survived. This is an incredible place to hike (plan all day). We saw some people rock climbing, but we just kept plugging along except for rest breaks and our lunch we ate on one of...More

Thank Sue L
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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

This was by far my favorite place I have been hiking (though I dont have too much experience behind me). Im 19, 5’7”, about 180lb, and not in the best shape but I have a passion for scrambling. It was 10° out when I arrived...More

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Reviewed 25 January 2018

MY wife and I arn;t the best hikers, but we enjoyed the walkas werll as some of the most beautiful scenari off the road. Worth the stop.

Thank Bradley A
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Be prepared for a rock climb. I would not take a heavy backpack up this if you can avoid it. Lots of steep uphill for last 1/2 mile. Beautiful view - well worth the climb. Go for it.

1  Thank dduffie
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Reviewed 2 January 2018

I've been hiking this trail for years and can't rate it high enough. I return to it regularly because it is a fantastic workout that combines aerobic exercise with upper body work with all the scrambling. Views are spectacular. People along the trail are always...More

1  Thank Jack D
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

We hiked this trail with a group of friends and enjoyed our walk through the forest and enjoyed the variety of trees that changed as we gained elevation. At the end of the trail we were rewarded with a short scramble on giant well worn...More

3  Thank GoAlong2
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Reviewed 14 November 2017

This hike is for lovers of rocks and high places! This is the only true rock scamble hike in the park, other then the little Bearfence hike. Go early to avoid the crowds. Don't carry a huge pack as it is a detriment and don't...More

3  Thank ddallas1969
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Sally P
16 January 2018|
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Response from cubanbucky | Reviewed this property |
If you do the whole circuit loop it is 9 miles!! Go with good hiking shoes, sticks, and plenty of water. Be safe and have fun. It is a hard trail but worth it.
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jmacaco4
31 October 2017|
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Response from markcas123 | Reviewed this property |
Hiking boots. You will probably be okay up to the top, but once you get there, there is a lot of places to twist an ankle. I doubt you would see snakes this time of year, or many bears.
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Donald B
21 September 2017|
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Response from Craig Z | Reviewed this property |
Don't do it at night; it's not safe. Actually, since it is a national park I think they close the trail at night.
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