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Veach Gap - Front Royal, Virginia


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4 hours plus a half hour for lunch
1,050 ft 
George Washington National Forest
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From VA678/Fort Valley Rd, turn onto VA774/Veach Gap Rd. where it crosses a small concrete bridge and becomes dirt for 0.8 miles, At the end of VA774 there will be a parking area. 38.87618, -78.37623

This is a secluded out and back hike in the Veach Gap area of the George Washington National Forest near Front Royal, VA. Most of the hike is a gradual ascent through Veach Gap, with a beautiful overlook and campsite at the high point.

Start by passing the closed gate and heading up the yellow blazed Veach Gap Trail. Cross from the right bank over the run in 1.0 miles. After crossing the run meet the intersection of the orange/blue blazed Massanutten/Tuscarora Trail in another 0.1 miles.

Turn left on the orange/blue blazed trail as it gradually ascends Little Crease Mountain. In 0.5 miles look for a trail on your right, with a small tent symbol on a tree, that leads down to a nice camping spot.

Continue up the orange/blue blazed trail for another 1.4 miles, where the trail will turn right for 0.1 miles before turning back to the left. From this point there is a nice view of the Massanutten Valley to the southwest.

Continue up the trail passing a small rockslide, and in 0.2 miles as you reach the ridge line, arrive at the first of three overlooks. The second overlook is in another 0.2 miles. The third, and most spectacular overlook, is in another 240 feet at the high point of the hike, along with a great campsite. The sunrise is fantastic as it comes over the Shenandoah National Park to the east on a clear morning.

To return just retrace the route back to Veach Gap Trail, turn right, and continue down to the parking area.

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Hiker Reviews For The Veach Gap Hike (5 Most Recent)
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By: Hobo Hiker Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, November 05, 2017
Great hike, amazing view. Three great overlooks on a ridge trail. Gradual ascent makes for a great kids and beginner hike. Some fire damage at the overlook. Looks like a camp fire at the overlook got away from somebody. The last part of the orange trail is black with ash from the fire but new growth as started. On the bright side the fire cleared the brush and leaves and the view is great. I started about 8:30 am. Only one car in the park lot. Gravel road in has a sign by a house"SLOW 5 MPH Pets at play." A large white dog ran after my car on the gravel road when I left. Plenty of water in the creek as it had just rained the day before. Trail is easy to follow. Two pointers. When you get to the creek crossing you need go up the creek for about 50 feet then the trail is more visible on the other side of the creek. When you get to "the outhouses\sheds" fork take your FIRST LEFT on the orange trail. In the morning the valley was fogged out until about noon. Just one big white out. About noon I could start to see the river through the fog and then a 1pm the fog cleared out. The fog completely cleared out in 30 minutes. I had the mountain to myself until noon when I was heading back I ran into two other hikers with their dogs going up the trail.

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Friday, October 27, 2017
Nice hike. Took us a little over 3 hours to complete with a 20 min lunch up top at the view. The water was still running in the steam. The trail was well maintained. Definitely a nice easy hike.

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Friday, October 06, 2017
I love this hike, I've done it several times. Not to hard, beautiful views at the top. Water is normally plentiful here, but is scarce right now. Last water source before the top is dry. The only water I saw is at the intersection of the orange/blue blazed Massanutten/Tuscarora Trail.

By: RPADC Rating: Date of Hike: Wednesday, August 30, 2017
This is a really short hike suitable for a day trip but experiencing a sunrise on top of the ridge overlooking the Shenendoah river is lovely enough to make it worth an overnight. If you camp one night, make sure to fill up on water as there are no water sources beyond the campsite 0.5 miles from where Veach Gap trail ends. That campsite has a small spring off of a narrow path from the fire ring and tent area.

I did this hike two weeks in a row because I liked the view from up top so much. Brought the lady the second time. Unfortunately, the CHIGGERS were voracious. I did not read the review going back a few years that mentioned this. Fatal mistake. We applied the usual light spritzing of repellent and wore long pants but that wasn't enough. We would have needed to liberally cover every square inch with DEET and tucked pants into socks to avoid the attack. I had not thought about chiggers in 30 years or so and had to consult the internet to figure out what covered my leg in bites from foot to waist. My poor short coated dog got chewed up as well. Her dog's longer fur saved him. Chiggers make mosquitoes look like cuddly ladybugs. My companion only got bit on one foot, fortunately. But I look like a leper.

I generally prefer to hike in the colder months anyway. I don't like hitting the trail while dealing with heat, humidity and bitey bugs so I'd love to come back here when temps are below 60 and the tiny demons are dormant.


By: RPADC Rating: Date of Hike: Wednesday, August 30, 2017
An addition to the last review. In summer, the rattlesnakes hide out during the day and emerge after sundown. So if you're hanging out on the rocks on the overlook at night looking at the town lights and the stars, watch out for Timber rattlers that come out to hunt. I almost stepped on one.

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