This is a secluded out and back hike in the Veach Gap area of the George Washington National Forest near Front Royal, VA. Most of the hike is a gradual ascent through Veach Gap, with a beautiful overlook and campsite at the high point.
Start by passing the closed gate and heading up the yellow blazed Veach Gap Trail. Cross from the right bank over the run in 1.0 miles. After crossing the run meet the intersection of the orange/blue blazed Massanutten/Tuscarora Trail in another 0.1 miles.
Continue up the orange/blue blazed trail for another 1.4 miles, where the trail will turn right for
0.1 miles before turning back to the left. From this point there is a nice view of the Massanutten Valley to the southwest.
Continue up the trail passing a small rockslide, and in 0.2 miles as you reach the ridge line, arrive at the first of three overlooks. The second overlook is in another 0.2 miles. The third, and most spectacular overlook, is in another 240 feet at the high point of the hike, along with a great campsite. The sunrise is fantastic as it comes over the Shenandoah National Park to the east on a clear morning.
To return just retrace the route
back to Veach Gap Trail, turn right, and continue down to the parking area.
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Reviews For The Veach Gap Hike (5 Most Recent)
This was a great day hike. It's not too populated unlike some of the other trails in the area and the overlook at the top is definitely worth it. Recommend hiking this in early spring when the foliage does not obstruct the overlook view too much. This trail is very rocky and hiking shoes with ankle support would have been nice. Overall, Veach Gap is a nice hike and provides some great views of the Shenandoah River while being less than 2 hrs from DC.
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 22, 2014
This was a good hike for one of the first nice days we've had in a while. Honestly most of the trail is pretty boring, but it is peaceful. The overlook of the river at the top is very nice and the campsite looks like it would be a great place to watch the sunrise. With all of the snow melt (that is not something I've had to think of before with these trails) the streams are full, and a lot of the trail itself is under about a half inch of water. Whoever left a notebook in a pencil box at the campsite: nice thought, but that container is not waterproof at all and the notebook is definitely wet.
Date of Hike: Saturday, November 16, 2013
QUIET AND PRISTINE FOREST ASLEEP UNDER THE STARLIT SKY WITH THE ONLY SOUND OF CLEAR MOUNTAIN STREAMS FALLING AND FLOWING THROUGH THE GAP ON THEIR JOURNEY TO THE BEAUTIFUL VALLEYS BELOW. IT'S ME ON ANOTHER ADVENTURE INTO THE MASSUNUTTEN BACK COUNTRY. IT'S STILL BEFORE DAYBREAK, BUT I STILL TREK ON SWITCHING MY GUN FROM ONE SHOULDER TO THE OTHER IN HOPES OF VENISON TO PUT IN MY FREEZER TO FEED MY FAMILY. THIS IS NOT JUST A HUNT FOR ME, BUT AN EXPERIENCE INTO THE WILDS. MY JOURNEY LED TO AN AWESOME SHELTER WITH A CAMPFIRE PIT. I SEEN SEVERAL DEER HERE BUT THEY DIDN'T PRESENT A GOOD SHOT. THERE WASN'T MUCH FOOD IN THE MOUNTAINS THIS YEAR, BUT I STILL SEEN SEVERAL DEER THOUGH, INCLUDING ONE HEAVY HORNED 8 POINTER. MY HIKE LED TO THE HIGH CAMPSITE SUMMIT OVERLOOKING A BEAUTIFUL VALLEY BELOW WITH THE SHENANDOAH RIVER BENDING BACK AND FORTH THROUGH THE VALLEY. THE VEIWS WERE AWESOME ESPECIALLY WITH THE MOUNTAIN BACKDROP OF THE SHENENDOAH NATIONAL PARK. I DIDN'T SCORE WITH ANY FOOD THAT DAY, BUT THE MEMORIES AND EXPERIENCE WERE WORTH IT. I'LL BE BACK. THAT'S FOR SURE.
Date of Hike: Monday, October 07, 2013
Views from the ridge are very nice. Fire damage was extensive at the ridge so the camping isn't as pleasant as it probably was a couple years ago. Mill Run source (near the cutbacks) was dry so carry water if you are planning on camping at the top. The camp site closer to the intersection of Veach Gap Trail and the Massanutten Trail had water 100 feet away. Overall a nice moderate, if somewhat rocky in places, hike.
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 07, 2013
Nice hike. The forest is just coming back after the big fire they had up here a few years back. Grade of path is not too hard and was very pleasant on a really nice day. Two words or warning. The turn off of the Veach Gap trail (yellow 'i' blaze) the the Tuscoroa (blue / red blaze) was a little tricky as there are 4 discernible trails converging there and two hard to read signs. Just go left on the trail where you can see the blue blaze. Oh, and 'tent' tree marking mentioned in the directions is oriented in such a way as you only see it when coming back down.
The 'end' point at the top is a 'you'll know it when you get there' point. If you find yourself walking past the campfire circle, your going too far. On the ridge, the trail can be a little hard to see, but the maintainers have done a great job with the blaze markings.