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Length Difficulty Streams Views Solitude Camping
7.0 mls
Hiking Time:
Elev. Gain:
4.5 hours including breaks
1,570 ft
George Washington National Forest
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Park on FR1725 at the first gate. 38.97539, -78.56764

One of the least hiked circuits in the Great North Mountain trail system. This hike passes through Sulphur Springs Gap with small waterfalls and pools then gradually climbs the eastern flank of Paddy Mountain before joining the Tuscarora Trail and hike up to to White Rock Cliff and main Opa Overlook. The descent along the Tuscarora trail is much steeper and you'll be glad to hiked this counterclockwise. Also get views through the trees of the valley below and White Rock Cliff and Tea Mountain.

If you're considering doing this as a backpack there are several great campsites close to the Opa Overlook. The main campsite are has three fire rings and is more of a group site suitable for multiple tents. If this site is taken just a few yards before it on the opposite side of the trail is a small campsite that can accommodate a single tent. And if both of these are occupied there is a larger campsite that will take multiple tens right at the junction of the Tuscarora Trail and the White Rock Cliff Lookout Trail. The only reason the camping doesn't get a top rating of 5 is the overlook and ridge campsites do not have a water source and you will have to carry water in.

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