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Veach Gap - Front Royal, Virginia

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7.0 mls
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4 hours plus a half hour for lunch
1,050 ft 
George Washington National Forest
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From VA678/Fort Valley Rd, turn onto VA774/Veach Gap Rd. where it crosses a small concrete bridge and becomes dirt for 0.8 miles, At the end of VA774 there will be a parking area. 38.87618, -78.37623

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.

Turn left on the orange/blue blazed trail as it gradually ascends Little Crease Mountain. In 0.5 miles look for a trail on your right, with a small tent symbol on a tree, that leads down to a nice camping spot.

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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Hiker Reviews For The Veach Gap Hike (5 Most Recent)
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By: hikerbiker Rating: 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.

By: Rating: 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!!

By: JB Rating: 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.

By: Heather Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, March 26, 2016
We set out for this hike on a Saturday afternoon, planning to spend the night at the campsite at the end and hike back in the morning. The hike was very pretty for the first mile. It was a gentle upward gradient going along a nice stream. As some of the other reviewers have remarked, random spots on the trail take on some water, so you have to walk around or hop across rocks. It hadn't rained or snowed in a while, so it wasn't a big deal. After taking a left on the orange and blue blazed trail, the hike became kind of boring. The trees out there hadn't yet started to bud. The views from the top make that boring section worth it, though. There was a campsite about a mile after you turned onto the orange-blue, another at the best overlook at the end, and another if you walk about a tenth of a mile further. All of them had fire rings built from stacked stones. When we were there, we saw about 8 groups of people walking off of the hike, and once we'd settled down to camp at the pretty overlook, a couple came from further up the trail to camp at the second camping spot on the ridge. There is no water up there, so bring plenty if you plan to stay the night. It's a pretty easy hike and nothing particularly special until you reach the top. It makes a great place to camp with friends.

By: Sean Rating: Date of Hike: Thursday, January 14, 2016
Got out on a warm day in January and had more ice and mud on the trail than I expected, but not too much. Streams were running quite high -- I was glad to have my hiking pole to help me across. A nice view at the top. Saw some wild turkeys along the way. There was one other car in the parking lot but I saw no one else on the trail. A nice thing about this trail is the more gradual incline to the top than I experience on other trails. Didn't have to stop once to catch my breath.

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