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)
Had a free day and after seeing the great videos posted on youtube by Smell N Roses and Peakbaggers for Cancer (RidgeWalker), I decided to hike from Snickers Gap north to Raven Rocks and back. This is a great portion of the trail with lots of places to camp as well as great views at Raven Rocks. The leaves were not out yet, so the 1st half of the hike had additional good views of the valley that would be obscured by trees in the summer. There is a nice spring in the second valley on the way up to the peak and also some cool rock formations and under-rock water noises. This hike has a couple of steep switchback sections with nice flat portions with places to sit and restt in-between. There is pretty good parking for about a dozen cars right at the base of the trail on the westbound side of Rt. 7. Also, there is a cool bar/restaurant, the “Horseshoe Curve Restaurant” very close to the trail on Rt. 679. It's also only about 15 miles to Harper's Ferry.
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 12, 2015
Hit the trail around 9:15. Lot about 3/4 full. Combination of leaves and rocks kept my focus on my footing much of the time. Bringing the dog along made it all the more challenging as the day wore on and more dogs appeared on the trail. Although not a long hike the gains were steep enough to break a pretty good sweat...then again it was 70 degrees! Without any leaves on the trees, the views along the way were nice. The Rocks themselves were a good restspot but the view itself was a bit limited. The other drawback was the noise from Rt 7 which never really disappeared. Round-trip in under 4hrs with about 20-30 min lunch.
Date of Hike: Saturday, November 07, 2015
Leaves make the trail a little slippery. Great hike and very nice views, especially at the Raven Rocks. Note that parking lot is rather small, the earlier the better :)
Date of Hike: Sunday, October 25, 2015
The weather was iffy with just enough overnight rainfall to make the rocks and leaves wet in spots. I spent most of the hike watching my footing. I have hiked other trails and this is one about which I can say I have done it and don't need to do it again. I'm almost 68 years old, and that is definitely a factor. I think I would have enjoyed the endless rock scrambling at a younger age.
The view at the top of this up and back hike is nice, but not exceptional - by itself, I don't consider it worth the effort. There were four of us, and we started at 7:30 AM and got back to the parking lot just before 11:00. We encountered a number of people on the way back, including one individual who had hiked the AT from PA and was on his way back home. The hike does seem to be popular and has the advantage of being readily accessible from Route 7.
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Nice hike - Heck of a workout! i felt the rating on this with a 3 for Strenuous is misleading by far. There is a reason that this is part of the AT "roller coaster" ! Although the hike was peaceful i was a bit displeased with the Scout Troop that was at the rock having lunch. I am glad they were able to experience the hike however they did not display very much hiking etiquette when others arrived at the peak. They were noisy, bags were spread out and i felt it was disrespectful for the adults to not encourage the group to allow other hikers to experience the view from a few of the prime spots. Peaks deserve peacefulness and respect for all to enjoy.
With that said,it was beautiful once we discovered a few 100 yards to the left some additional beautiful views and complete privacy. Shhh dont tell...