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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: Landowner Rating: Date of Hike: Monday, July 23, 2018
Eagle rock is on private property. Hike at your own risk and please be respectful. No trash or campfires!!!

Watch out for Bears and rattlesnakes!!!


By: Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, April 28, 2018
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.

By: Vikky C Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, March 18, 2018
We love this hike (this was our second time here), lots of solitude and the payoff is worth it! Views can't be beat!! It quickly became my favorite on this trip because my boyfriend popped the question here on this day!!!!!! :)

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!

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