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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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e.g.. 12000 Government Center Parkway 22035 or Fairfax VA
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: Scott Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Great hike - terrific views at the overlook, especially the one opposite the 'point' where the river below makes a 180degree turn. Nice gentle slope on the way up.

By: aldikuma Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, November 08, 2015
Second time on this hike! A great, short, easy hike with a gradual incline and gorgeous views. Nice campsite along the way and two at the top as well. You can continue on the trail if you have time. Such a great network of trails around this area.

By: Tom & Suzy Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Very nice mid-fall hike.  1st mile follows a beautiful creek then a gentle climb with some rocky sections to the top of the ridge with a wonderful view of the Shenandoah Valley and the south fork of the Shenandoah River.  Area still healing from the 2012 fire. Campsite at top is exposed. Took us 4 hours to hike and 45 minutes for lunch. Saw 10 people total on a Saturday including one couple planning to camp overnight.

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, October 10, 2015
Hiked in Saturday and camped at the top. Pretty simple climb, but it's worth noting it's a rocky trail at times. Got a little windy during the night, but nothing too bad. Sunrise Sunday morning was gorgeous. Saw bear scat on the trail but no wildlife other than birds, chipmunks, and squirrels. If you're planning on camping at the top, make sure to fill up on water before hopping on the orange/blue. Only saw a couple other hikers, had the trail to myself the majority of the weekend. Pics:

By: Sammy S. Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, July 05, 2015
This hike was very poorly maintained. A lot of bushwacking! I was slightly disappointed with some of the "overlooks" as well. It's definitely a buggy hike--wear bug spray or long pants to protect yourself from the plants/bugs!

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