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Veach Gap - Front Royal, Virginia

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7.0 mls
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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: 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.

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, July 16, 2017
Nice hike and lots of solitude.  The only people I saw were 2 people in a car pulling up as I started the hike, and a guy sitting in his truck when I got back, not a single person on the trail.  Great time of year to do this hike.  Just past the campsite about 1.5 miles in was a HUGE patch of blackberries, as in the giant delicious ones.  Then all over the peak near the views were blueberry bushes EVERYWHERE.  I have never seen that many blueberry bushes in one place before, that's mainly the only vegetation up there besides trees.  I suppose its due to the fire that was here a few years ago, but nonetheless, It was awesome to enjoy this time of year.  I literally saw no one on the trail, but I ran into the same bear about 2 miles in, going both directions.

This hike was surprisingly easy, so I kept hiking on the orange/blue trail for several miles so I could get closer to around 15 mile round trip.  You will pass Sherman's Gap ans well as Shawl's Gap.  Past the views for this hike, however, there are a few sections with thick grass and vegetation and I would have rather been wearing pants for the hike, but otherwise it was very nice.

I went South on the way back to the Little Crease shelter and it is a very nice place to camp if you are thinking about an overnighter.

By: Cathy Rating: Date of Hike: Monday, July 03, 2017
It was a nice well maintained trail, pretty vistas! Be advised we saw a black bear very close to the trail. It was within a quarter mile of the parking area near the creek. We also saw evidence of bears -scat and claw marks on trail rocks throughout the trail. Other than that, it was a good day hike trail, pretty exciting!

By: Hobo Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, June 24, 2017
I hiked this because I was looking for a good GWNF hike with some views. The road is easy to find, look for, you guessed, Veach's Gap road off Fort Valley. It's a one lane gravel road. Veach's Gap road feels more like a private driveway then a road. Follow it about a mile to the end. I arrived at the trailhead about 9:30am, the parking lot was empty. The yellow trail appears to be a forest road occasionally traveled by 4-wheel drives. The yellow trail leads to a creek bed. You actually go UP the creek bed for about 100 feet on the yellow, then cross. Part way up the mountain the yellow trail has been remarked as the orange/blue trail. The orange/blue trail gets steeps near the ridge. I think when you get to the ridge you want the blue trail, not orange. I followed the orange for two miles on the ridge and it never ends. I came back and took the blue trail and that matched directions better. On my way back down I heard a BEAR in the brush running. I spotted the bear running away from the trail at full speed about 100 yards in a small clearing. On top of the ridge I saw lots of lizards\salamanders. Nobody with insects or spider webs even those I was the only person on the trail. (Look at the hike directions google map on the website vs printable topo map.)

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