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.
Mile 0.61 - Pass a campsite on the right that has views through the trees of the gap between Short Mountain and Paddy Mountain. There is no water source here, so if you decide to camp you will have to carry it in. From this point the communications tower service road will become more prominent on the left.
Mile 1.79 - Arrive at the intersection of the orange blazed connector trail to the Hawk Recreation Area. The orange blazed trail was previously part of the blue blazed Tuscarora Trail before the Tuscarora Trail was re-routed in 2014. Stay straight on the blue blazed Tuscarora Trail as it the leaves George Washington National Forest property on the west side of the ridge. The right side of the trail is private property owned by the Capon Springs Hunt Club. Please respect private property and remain on the trail. After passing another knoll the blue blazed trail descends to the parking area at Dry Gap and VA690/Capon Springs Grade Rd.
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Reviews For The Eagle Rock Hike (5 Most Recent)
Nice day, although cloudy, and finished just before cold front rolled in. A lot more rocks on the trail than I expected. Dogs apparently are permitted, but had to continually watch our step because owners did not pick up after their pets. Horses also use the trail.
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.
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!
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 :)
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.