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)
Very nice hike with a great view at Ravens Rocks. Very rocky trail so boots/shoes with good support are recommended. The only issue I had is the trail (white blazes lacking) is not well marked in one spot on the return trip. After passing Raven Rocks Hollow stream and beginning the ascent 1/3 to 1/2 way back up one of the ridges I lost the white blazes on a rocky portion of the trail. I went back to the last white blaze seen 3 times to retrace my steps and still was not able to find the southbound AT back to the parking lot so I had to bush wack up the ridge for 20 minutes before seeing someone hiking that oriented me back to the AT. Since I was alone this was a little uncomfortable. That said, its a great hike with a super view.
Hans und Heidi
Date of Hike: Sunday, October 30, 2016
A great hike, and being close to the suburbs makes it even better. I checked the walking milage on my iPhone and it was 6.87 from trailhead to lookout and back. We parked across the Rt 7 and there is a foot trail behind the hi way guardrail leading to this very sizable parking area.
The fall colors have not fully peaked this close in, but at higher elevations more so. Colors should improve well into November.
For a late start on a perfect Sunday, we didn't think the trail was too crowded to enjoy. Probably 20 dogs along the way, all good dogs.
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Great day for hiking. The fall colors haven't kicked in yet and the warm weather made the trail a bit crowded but the hike is wonderful and the views at the end are great. I have noticed that they have new signs at the trailhead saying they will tow any cars on the shoulder (vice the parking lot). Where the lot ends and shoulder begins is not very well marked - hiker beware!
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 22, 2016
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.