|2.0 hours including breaks
Washington National Forest
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Copernicus Ridge is one of the least known views in the Massanutten Range. The ridge is a short hike from FR374 at Edinburg Gap with multiple views along the trail north towards Woodstock and west through Edinburg Gap
of Kennedy Peak and the Shenandoah National Park beyond that. The views from Copernicus Ridge are expansive as you look down towards Edinburg Gap, Waonaze Peak, and Kennedy Peak. The ridge also has multiple great vista points to explore.
Although this is only a 2.6 mile hike 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 excellent BBQ.
Mile 0.0 - From the parking area on FR374 hike 50 yards to where the orange blazed Massanutten Trail turns right into the woods. The trail gradually becomes more steep as it winds around the eastern side of the ridge.
Mile 0.8 - Pass several nice views through Edinburg Gap to the east of Waonaze Peak and Kennedy Peak. If you're hiking when the leaves are off the trees you'll also get views to the north towards Woodstock. As the Massanutten Trail winds around ridge pass a rock outcrop and turn to the south through a saddle. Continue up towards the eastern ridge and just before cresting the eastern buttress look for a faint unmarked trail on the left.
Mile 1.2 - Turn left towards Copernicus Ridge.
Mile 1.3 - Arrive at Copernicus Ridge and enjoy the spectacular views from several different outcrops. This is an out/back hike so retrace you route back to FR374.
Mile 2.6 - Arrive back at the parking area.