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)
Decided to try a quick day hike I haven't done before to check out some of the early leaves. This hike is an easy but rocky hike winding up the valley with a pretty relaxing incline. Reached the bend near the peak and was welcomed with charred earth and bright red leaves. The view itself was awesome with beautiful views of the valley and the Shenandoah river. While the leaves weren't spectacular yet the peak is right around the corner. Definitely recommend this hike.
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 04, 2014
Generally, I'm not a fan of out and back hikes, but I've grown to love them. On the return trips, I used to look for familiar landmarks that I saw hiking in, but found that the scenery was so different coming the other way and there's a lot of new things to see. This hike didn't disappoint.
The incline was very gradual and the walk along Veach Gap Trail was gorgeous, with yellow and orange leaves all around. It got steeper as I climbed up to the top, but nothing intense. The views from the top are some of the best I've seen around here. Though the fire damage at the ridge is sad, it's eerily beautiful as nature makes a recovery. Apparently, it was caused by a lightening strike a couple of years ago.
I only ran into a couple of other hikers along the way. The campsite along the way is really nice, and I would love to return for an overnight.
Date of Hike: Sunday, August 31, 2014
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: Sunday, June 15, 2014
I was looking forward to this hike. Some aspects of the hike were quite good. The solitude was the best. My hiking partner and I had the entire hike to ourselves. There was one car parked in the lot when we returned but we did not see one person.
The hike along the stream with a crossover to the other side made for an enjoyable hiking experience.
The trail after the turn was quite open. In the summer, I prefer a trail more narrow and with some tree and leaf coverage.
After 1700 ft asl +/-, the trail became quite rocky. It made for a nice workout along a series of switchbacks. Personally, I liked this but for those expecting an easy hike, this section might not fit their expectations.
I think this would be a good Winter hike where the open trail would be desirable and the views of the surrounding landscape could be appreciated much better. The exposure to the Sun while hiking along Little Crease Mountain would be appreciated during cold weather.
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.