The hike up to Woodstock Tower is an easy 2.0 mile out/back walk suitable for most people, and the 360° panoramic view from the top of the tower is one of the best in the Massanutten range. On a clear day you can see south towards Harrisonburg and the town of Woodstock just across the other side of the south fork of the Shenandoah River. The views west are of the north fork of the Shenandoah River, and to the east you look back through Woodstock Gap to the Shenandoah National Park.
If you're hiking with very young children, or hikers who are just starting out and may not be in the best shape yet, you can also park on the ridge at the pink blazed Tower Trail, which makes for a very easy 10 minute walk to the tower with no elevation gain. Note: Tower Rd from VA758 is closed in the winter.
Mile 0.0 - From the parking area in the Little Fort Camping/Recreation area start up the white blazed Wagon Rd/Nature Trail and in 0.1 miles cross the wide yellow 'V' blazed Peters Mill Run Trail. Be cautious, as the Peters Mill Run Trail is open to ATV's. The white blazed Wagon Rd/Nature Trail is one of the few trails in the Woodstock Gap area that is closed to motorized vehicles.
Mile 0.1 - After crossing the yellow 'V' blazed trail, continue on the white blazed trail as it becomes slightly steeper before making the first of two switchbacks in 0.1 miles. After the next switchback in another 0.3 miles, the trail is at it's steepest for the remaining 0.2 miles to the ridge and intersection of the pink blazed Tower Trail.
Mile 1.0 - Retrace your route back to the Little Fort Camping/Recreation area.
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Reviews For The Woodstock Tower Hike (5 Most Recent)
Although two guys were painting the tower they still let us go up.
The view was awesome...just wish we could have stayed alittle longer.
We will go back in the fall after the leaves come off the trees!
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 04, 2012
The view is great, trash along the trail not so great, besides that the view from the tower is one has to see to believe
Date of Hike: Sunday, February 27, 2011
The Woodstock Tower provides the best view available (on foot) of the famous "Seven Bends" of the Shenandoah River available. And there's two ways to get there - one is a 3 minute walk on Tower Trail, the other is a 20-25 minute walk from Little Fort Recreation Area. I enjoyed getting to the hike, walking the trail, and the incredible views. One downside is that due to being able to park off 758 and walk 3 minutes to the tower, this can sometimes get a lot of traffic. So if you're into a great view of the river and Fort Valley, this is your hike. If you're looking for solitude, not so much.
Well we were short on time so we looked for a short hike and found this one. Figured the kids would like it. The trail head is actually in a camp ground and starts on an ATV trail. Walking on the ATV trail was a little difficult but it doesn't last for long. We did read that you can just park and go to the tower (about a 50 foot walk). The hike has a pretty decent ascent as you work the second leg of the cut backs, nothing to intense though. Well we made our way to the tower and thats the part we disliked. Trash was everywhere, lots of beer cans!! We encountered a lot of people at the tower that had just driven up there. The view was nice, but the people and the trash bothered me to much. We usually teach the kids if we encounter any trash on the trail we pick it up, we would of been up there for hours if we tried to clean that place up. If you want a great view and a short hike in this area go for buzzards's rock on of my families favorites!!