view from Raven Rocks is
one of the best in the area. Although the distance is only
5.5 miles with a vertical gain of 1,530ft, as you can see from
the elevation profile, there are three strenuous ascents on
this out and back hike. Raven Rocks is also a popular area with rock climbers, as it can be accessed by a road 0.4 miles from
Make sure to wear sturdy footwear, as the hike that remains entirely on the white blazed Appalachian Trail,
is very rocky.
Begin the hike by heading north on the white
blazed Appalachian Trail, as it crosses over the first ridge,
then making several steep switchback descents before reaching a small run in 0.8 miles. 100 yards past
the run cross over an unblazed trail and remain on the Appalachian
After ascending the next ridge come to a nice view of the
Winchester Valley to the west, before descending and arriving at the Raven
Rocks Hollow stream in 1.2 miles from the last run.
Climb the final ascent of 0.4 miles, passing a sign marking the Virginia, West Virginia border, then reaching Raven Rocks where
you will find fantastic
views towards the south west and the Shenandoah Valley.
During spring and fall, the Raven Rocks 100ft wall is a
favorite spot with local rock climbers. To return retrace your route 2.7 miles back to the parking
area at VA679 and Rt7.
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Reviews For The Raven Rocks Hike (5 Most Recent)
Just a gorgeous hike! The view at the top is worth the steep, rocky incline to get there. I started hiking at 9, and only a few of us hiking at that time. Different story on the way back. Very windy today. I would love to do this hike in the Winter when the leaves are down. However would not attempt it if any moisture was on the ground. The rock would be too slippery.
Date of Hike: Sunday, September 25, 2016
This is a nice hike, not too difficult but not easy either. View at the top is great and there's plenty of space to sit and enjoy it. Trail was in great shape and well marked. Didn't love this hike, though, because there were a TON of people. I would say we passed between 50 and 75 people and many had kids/dogs. Granted, we did the hike on a nice fall Sunday morning, but with a solitude rating of '3' I didn't expect as many people. We also had to park in the bigger lot across Rte. 7 due to the parking lot near the trailhead being full. Overall a nice hike, just would've been better with fewer people and better parking.
Date of Hike: Sunday, August 07, 2016
This was my first hike. The hike was fantastic. We started at 8:00 and got back to the starting point by 11:15. The view of the ridge at the top was breath taking. The hike is well marked - just follow the white marking. Fallen trees were removed from the trail. Hardly any water in the streams. Did not see any animals. As we were climbing we did not see or pass anyone - but as we were climbing down we should have crossed about 50 hikers.
The whole trail is wooded and shaded. Just saw one family with small kids - all others were adults.
Date of Hike: Sunday, July 10, 2016
This hike will get in shape and you'll be sore the next day. I call it moderate-strenuous. I parked at the RT 7 & 601 parking lot. Plenty of parking spaces at that lot. That lot can hold about 150 cars. Parking is free. (I left the lot around noon and still plenty of parking on the weekend.) I took the blue parking lot trail(middle of the lot) towards Bears Den and then when I hit the AT (white blazes) I turned right or north. The trail then leads you back down towards RT 7 and at RT 7 you will see white arrow painted on the pavement pointing left to the crossing point on Pine road. (It's a little nerve racking walking along the 55mph highway for a 100 yards)Cross over RT 7 and enter the little parking lot. The trail ascends quickly with steps along a ridge. The trail is steep at points but you never have to use your hands. Long grades make it bare-able. A lot of the trail is large 2 foot stepping stones. The trail winds up and down ridges. A hundred yards up and then 100 yards down. (Hence the trail name Rollercoaster) You ascend and descend about 5 times with the final ascent into Raven Rocks being the toughest. The view is awesome. I encountered a lot families and many AT thru-hikers. The thru-hikers are generally the hikers with large backpacks and beards. Many of the day hikers looked worn out and were sitting on rocks resting. Many asked "How much farther????" I wouldn't suggest this hike for young kids. I think it's a bit too much for kids. I chatted with one of the thru-hikers and he said so far the "rollercoaster" has been the toughest part of the AT.
Date of Hike: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Wonderful hike. We managed to knock it out in about 1.5 hrs. Great camp site just steps away from the ridge. Some good climbs as well so bring your gear if you're into that. Water access is available at a creek just before the final ascent to the ridge. Encountered a fair number of through AT hikers along the hike. Please take note: DO NOT PARK ON THE STREET only in the designated parking area. We arrived and found it full so parked on street but I ended up having to trail run 5 miles back to move it as the police showed up and started towing cars.