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e.g. 12000 Government Center Parkway 22035 or Fairfax VA
Turn onto Pine Grove Rd. and park in 20 yards on the right into the small parking area and trailhead. 39.11665, -77.85239
WARNING: Do Not park on Pine Grove Rd/VA679 or you may be towed. Adhere to the No Parking signs.

The 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 the east.

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 Trail.

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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Hiker Reviews For The Raven Rocks Hike (5 Most Recent)
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By: KCM Rating: 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.

By: Jsibel480 Rating: 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 :)

By: Don Rating: 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.

By: Rating: 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...

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, October 11, 2015
Sunday was hike # 5 for me on this part of the AT.  I like the hike. Great workout. It seems to be getting very popular. Eight people passed us going up while two were hiking South. After reaching the overlook at 1100 hrs, we started our return and encountered 75 people before returning to the parking lot. There were 15-20 dogs. That's more than I have encountered on past hikes. It's usually forty or less.  Beautiful weather was no doubt a factor.

There were about 6 cars parked illegally on Pine Grove Road when we left. Judging from the notes posted here in the past, towing is an active activity there. Be sure to read the signs.

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