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)
Hiked here with my nephew. Was easy to find, so wasn't surprised to see a number of vehicles parked at the trail head. Was a relatively scenic out and back and it was not too strenuous. Even with many stops to take photos and hanging out for a while at the top, made it back to the car in 3 hours 20 minutes.
Be prepared for the stream that drains this small valley, as you will cross it a few times and, at times, the trail and the stream bed are the same thing!
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 25, 2017
My husband and I took advantage of the 75+ degree day to get out and give this hike a try. It definitely gets a 5 for solitude and views (at the top). As we were driving into the valley from route 55 we must've passed hundreds of day-hikers, rock climbers, and campers all grouped around the Elizabeth Furnace and Stickler's Knob areas. I was anticipating the parking area for the trail to be full, but was pleasantly surprised to only see two other cars in the lot when we arrived. The first mile or so of the trail is great as it follows the stream, but once you turn onto the blue/orange trail it can be a bit boring. The area seems to be recovering from a recent fire - it would be interesting to see how much they fill out with leaves as we get into the spring. I imagine in the summer this trail might be incredibly buggy (knowing the area). It does get rocky, especially as you near the top, but just watch your footing and it is definitely manageable. The top was definitely a treat - great views and not a soul in sight. This is the first time we've had a view all to ourselves - we enjoyed our lunch and made the trek down. Overall it took us 3.5 hours (including 20 minutes for lunch) and throughout the afternoon we only encountered 7 people (2 solo hikers and a group of 5). Give it a try!
Date of Hike: Sunday, November 13, 2016
Very nice hike on a warm fall day. The first mile is in the woods, but it got more warm and open after crossing the stream. The views are as good as others have written about. Really worthwhile. Saw one large doe. The trail is quite rocky so it's important to focus on your steps and not have your head up too much to enjoy the views while walking. Would love to turn this into a circuit hike.
Date of Hike: Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Definitely a nice little hike, very gradual so beginners would love! But if you hike this during the summer, I highly suggest you wear pants/high socks or insanely powerful bug repellant! Cause over the course of the 1.4 mile stretch, I easily pulled 35+ ticks off my body and so did my friends. TICKS TICKS TICKS TICKS TICKS BE CAREFUL!! Was the worst tickage I've ever have and will experience. But still a great view!!
Date of Hike: Saturday, April 16, 2016
I really enjoyed this hike. I wasn't paying close enough attention, though, and kept hiking for an additional 2 miles after the campsite - the trail continues along a ridge, gets narrower and rockier but is incredible and mostly level. A great extension.
I'm a novice hiker, and I will say that the "gradual ascent" after the Little Crease shelter area was definitely challenging. I needed to stop often to catch my breath - but it's not difficult.
Lots of little lizards and oodles of butterflies on the trip, as well as a herd of white tail and a wild turkey. Great views at the top/along the ridge. Don't forget the sunscreen (like I did). The first mile or so is very relaxing, along the stream.