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)
I have hiked this many times, and I enjoy it more each time. I live just down the mountain so its really easy for me to get to (even as a last minute decision that I needed some exercise at 4pm today). This is a moderately strenuous hike if you are a novice, however if you are physically active you can knock this out in less than the time suggested (unless you spend a long time at the rocks). Although rocky, the trail is always cleared and very rarely do I see trash from other people. This is something that keeps me coming back to a hike. Two weeks ago when I hiked/ran it I completed it in 1:50 which included a very short break at the rocks. Today I finished in 1:30!! I hope to keep up this pace in my future jaunts up this beautiful section of the mountain. Keep the balance!
Date of Hike: Sunday, October 13, 2013
I got towed :( My fault clearly there are "no parking" signs but I thought, it's really not hurting anything to just pull off here. So, word of warning, they really do tow.
Hike was a nice walk in the woods. We didn't go all the way because we were schedule challenged, but the few glimpses of elevation we saw were nice!
Date of Hike: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Hike was ok, but not what i'd call great. It took us about 3 hours total, including a 20 minute lunch break at the cliffs. I guess due to the cooler nights and warm day, the cliff site was literally crawling with stink bugs. While they don't bite but just buzz around, we really couldn't stay there very long and retreated down the trail a bit to have our lunch.
As for crowding, even though it was a weekday, we still ran into 3 groups of people. The parking was a little tight too as there is only room for about 4 cars.
There is one section where the trail can be a little hard to follow through a creek crossing. Just be sure to not get distracted by the blue blazes.
Overall, a good workout - but not near as scenic as other hikes around here with similar scenic ratings.
Date of Hike: Monday, September 02, 2013
Really enjoyed this hike! The hills definitely got our hearts racing and the view was great. There were a few people on the trail, but definitely not too many. We went on a beautiful labor day, so a lot of people were probably either out of town or preparing for the start of the school year. Parking can be difficult, but we luckily found a spot right at the trail head. Took us right around 2.5 hours with a 15 minute stop at the top and a couple water breaks here and there.
Date of Hike: Thursday, August 08, 2013
Very easy to get to. Awesome hike. If you are a beginner, this would be a great test for you to see if you are ready to try much more difficult hikes. The view at the top is well worth the hike.
I feel like the hiking time mentioned is a little off. I took my time and stayed at the top talking to some rock climbers for about 20 minutes, finished in 2 hours 20 minutes. I consider myself an avid hiker, but could see the average hiker completing this in far less than 4 hours.
I would like to also mention how beautiful the forest is along this hike. The forest changes in an instant... going from quiet, dark green, damp, moss covered rocks to dry, windy, and alive with noises from every insect in the book. I saw about 5 other groups, a few through hikers that definitely will not make it to Katahdin in time.
Overall a great hike to do by yourself when you have free time to enjoy nature!!