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Length Difficulty Streams Views Solitude Camping
5.3 mls N/A
Hiking Time:
Elev. Gain:
3.5 hours including breaks
1,308 ft
George Washington National Forest
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Park at Edinburg Gap/FS 374 just past the gate on the right. 38.78921, -78.52041

One of the least visited overlooks in the Massanutten Range and northwestern Virginia. The Bill Kruszka Overlook is named for the longtime Forestry Service employee who was instrumental, along with Don Sawyer, in developing many of the trails in the Lee Ranger District. The overlook is a rocky outcrop with sweeping views of Short Mountain and Edinburg in the Shenandoah Valley. The Massanutten Trail crosses Edinburg Gap just south of Waonaze Peak on the western ridge of the Massanutten Range.

This hike has several views of Fort Valley through the trees as it climbs the mountain, as well as passing a spring at 1.1 miles. You are unlikely to run into other people on this hike, however the ATV trails in the forest are close so don't be surprised if you hear them. This area of the Massanutten also has a high concentration of Timber Rattlesnakes, so in the warmer months keep an eye on the trail as these forest residents are well camouflaged and can be hard to spot.

A great way to spend the day is to hike up to the overlook, then afterwards head into Woodstock to the family friendly Woodstock Brewery that servers great beer, homemade root bear, and very good food.

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View Of Edinburg From The Bill Kruszka Overlook
Bill Kruszka Overlook Hike Comments
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By: Sean Rating: Date of Hike: Monday, August 6, 2018
A nice short hike. Most of the trail I'd call relatively smooth, the rest somewhat to moderately rocky with a short stretch of large boulders near the top -- hiking poles helped with that part. There were no ATV's while I was there. I could see the ATV trail paralleling the hiking trail not far away and no doubt it is noisy when they are out. The overlook is nice with a view of Kennedy Peak. The description cautioned about rattlesnakes but I noticed none. I went in the morning and thought about checking out the Woodstock Brewhouse (called Woodstock Brewery in the description) but they were not open for lunch that day (and several other days during the week).

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