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7.2 mls N/A
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4.0 hours including 30 minutes for breaks
1,065 ft
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7.2 mile hike park at the ridge on the south side of US48/55 at the Tuscarora Trail.
     Do Not block the forestry gate. 39.08535, -78.51080
2.1 mile hike park at Dry Gap on VA609/Capon Springs Grade Rd. 39.10961, -78.47809

Eagle Rock has some of the best vistas in the Great North Mountain range. The Tuscarora Trail was re-routed in 2014 to include the Eagle Rock Trail, and now this spectacular hike can be done as either a 7.2 mile out-and-back from US48/55, or as a family friendly 2.1 mile hike from Dry Gap VA609. The longer 7.2 mile version also includes a rolling ridge walk with views of Paddy Gap as well as the gap between Paddy Mountain and Short Mountain. The Eagle Rock Trail and overlook have never received the high traffic found on similar hikes such as Big Schloss just to the south.

The Eagle Rock Trail and a portion of the Tuscarora Trail that was re-routed in 2014 pass through the private property of the Capon Springs Hunt Club. Please respect private property, remain on the trail, and practice Leave No Trace hiking etiquette.

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Hiker Reviews For The Eagle Rock Hike (5 Most Recent)
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By: Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, November 04, 2017
I did the 7.2 mile version of this hike. I started early so there were no cars parked when I started but when I got back to the highway it was pretty full. It was a pretty easy hike overall and had some nice views even though you can't leave the trail.

By: Kim Q. Rating: Date of Hike: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
We parked in the lot closer to Eagle Rock and hiked the last 2.1 out and back since we had our 2 year old with us. What a fantastic hike! It's a steady uphill during this last bit of the hike, but nothing strenuous, and the views are definitely worth it! The primary outlook has by far the best, unobstructed views but the other overlooks around it have great views as well! The views from the primary overlook are greater than 180 degrees. We saw one other car in the small parking area but saw no one else on the hike. As other reviewers have mentioned there are stay on the trail signs, but I'm assuming it's because the land around it is owned by the nearby resort in Capon Springs (we drove by on our way to get here - looks like a really cool place to go). We live on Back Mountain Road so this hike is only a 30 minute drive for us, and would probably be about 45 minutes from the city of Winchester. We'll definitely go back!

By: Hobo Hiker Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, August 20, 2017
NO PARKING? At Rt48 and the trail head there is now a big NO PARKING sign. There is a parking lot farther down the road about 300 yards that doesn't have a no parking sign. I decided instead to go up Rt609 and park at Dry Gap. It appears somebody doesn't want hikers in that area either. At that trail head parking were 6 big signs "Capron Spring Hunting Club Members Only- $500 Reward for Arrest of Trespassers"(Also some old signs that appeared to have been ripped down) I'm am going to check with some contacts at the PATC and trail clubs to see if this is legal. I parked anyway at Dry Gap parking saying to myself, "These $500 trespassing signs are BS!" Once on the trail their were signs that said please stay on the Great Eastern Trail -respect private property- Now that I'm fine with and thank the private owner for respecting the hiking path. That said, the 2.1 shorter hike was easy and there is a great view. Their is a nice cement bench at Eagles Rock to sit on. Unfortunately the parking fiasco spoiled the hike. Also for some reason I didn't hear or see ANY wild life? Not even a bird chirping? Very strange. Worried about the $500 trespassing sign I quickly took some pics returned to my car to leave. I gave it 3 stars because of no parking. (FYI- I did see some trash in the parking so I cleaned it up like a good hiker, no trace left behind :)

By: aldikuma Rating: Date of Hike: Monday, June 26, 2017
Couldn't have picked a better day to hike: mid 70s and sunny with almost no clouds in the sky! This hike makes me want to continue on the Tuscarora for miles! Still healing from leg injury, I needed a gentler hike and this turned out to be perfect. The beginning is an interval hike, but nothing strenuous. At this time of year you'll have some views through the trees, but when the leaves are down I bet this is even prettier. Some of the trail is covered in tall grass, so expect ticks - I only found a few on me and my dog. I did see some poison ivy so watch for that as well. The last part up to the main vista is not intense but it's continuous uphill. The views at Eagle Rock are exceptional. I could've stayed there for hours. We encountered several other hikers, which was surprising for a Monday. Despite being only seven miles I felt like I got a nice workout. It was great to get back out on the trails. Do be careful when crossing 48/55. The parking along the road can only hold 3-4 cars so if you go on a weekend, start early.

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, June 17, 2017
We chose this hike as a micro adventure with Brotherhood Adventures. Actually started on Friday evening and setup camp at the campsite. Was a good hike, the last mile was tough for me but the view was amazing. We got there and the valley was foggy. As far as of trail, it was fairly easy and not real technical. About 30 minutes later the valley opened up.

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