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Woodstock Tower - Woodstock, Virginia

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Length Difficulty Streams Views Solitude Camping
2.0 mls N/A N/A
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1.5 hours with 1/2 hour for lunch
510 ft
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Turn into the Little Fort Camping/Recreation area. Park just before the kiosk and trailhead of the Nature/Wagon Rd. Trail. 38.86819, -78.44207

The hike up to Woodstock Tower is an easy 2.0 mile out/back walk suitable for most people, and the 360° panoramic view from the top of the tower is one of the best in the Massanutten range. On a clear day you can see south towards Harrisonburg and the town of Woodstock just across the other side of the south fork of the Shenandoah River. The views west are of the north fork of the Shenandoah River, and to the east you look back through Woodstock Gap to the Shenandoah National Park.

If you're hiking with very young children, or hikers who are just starting out and may not be in the best shape yet, you can also park on the ridge at the pink blazed Tower Trail, which makes for a very easy 10 minute walk to the tower with no elevation gain. Note: Tower Rd from VA758 is closed in the winter.

  • Mile 0.0 - From the parking area in the Little Fort Camping/Recreation area start up the white blazed Wagon Rd/Nature Trail and in 0.1 miles cross the wide yellow 'V' blazed Peters Mill Run Trail. Be cautious, as the Peters Mill Run Trail is open to ATV's. The white blazed Wagon Rd/Nature Trail is one of the few trails in the Woodstock Gap area that is closed to motorized vehicles.
  • Mile 0.1 - After crossing the yellow 'V' blazed trail, continue on the white blazed trail as it becomes slightly steeper before making the first of two switchbacks in 0.1 miles. After the next switchback in another 0.3 miles, the trail is at it's steepest for the remaining 0.2 miles to the ridge and intersection of the pink blazed Tower Trail.

  • Mile 0.95 - Turn left on the pink blazed Tower Trail and follow it along the ridge for 150 yards to Woodstock Tower. Woodstock Tower is one of the few in GWNF where you are still permitted to climb to the observation deck.

  • Mile 1.0 - Retrace your route back to the Little Fort Camping/Recreation area.

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Hiker Reviews For The Woodstock Tower Hike (5 Most Recent)
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By: Hobo Hiker Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, August 05, 2017
I enjoyed the tower hike as a very quick simple hike with little elevation and a great view. I entered Woodstock Tower Rd from Fort Valley Rd. The road only had one turn and wasn't bad. It is a gravel road so it had a washboard type feel and plenty of road dust. The road does narrow to a single lane in spots but when two cars meet they figure it out. It was GREAT to be able to go up in the tower as I had never been up in one. The tower is very safe but I'm not use to that type of bare bones forestry tower. The tower itself is a little scary for someone afraid of heights.

As for the tons trash comment I didn't see any trash. I spoke with a very friendly park ranger who was checking the tower for graffiti and he said a Boy Scout Troop and some park rangers cleaned all the trash up. (Thank you Boy Scouts) They are going to paint the tower again to get rid of all the new graffiti. He said it is constantly being repainted due to vandals. I don't see the point of people putting graffiti on stuff. It just gets painted over and is annoying.

Below the tower is a hang gliding launch site. I did a small bushwhack down to the hang gliding site and spent an hour watching the hang gliders take off from the mountain. Interesting and fun to watch. The hang glider pilots were very friendly.

By: Teresa Rating: Date of Hike: Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Although two guys were painting the tower they still let us go up. The view was awesome...just wish we could have stayed alittle longer. We will go back in the fall after the leaves come off the trees!

By: mike Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, February 04, 2012
The view is great, trash along the trail not so great, besides that the view from the tower is one has to see to believe

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, February 27, 2011
The Woodstock Tower provides the best view available (on foot) of the famous "Seven Bends" of the Shenandoah River available. And there's two ways to get there - one is a 3 minute walk on Tower Trail, the other is a 20-25 minute walk from Little Fort Recreation Area. I enjoyed getting to the hike, walking the trail, and the incredible views. One downside is that due to being able to park off 758 and walk 3 minutes to the tower, this can sometimes get a lot of traffic. So if you're into a great view of the river and Fort Valley, this is your hike. If you're looking for solitude, not so much.

I just wrote a complete review and guide with pictures of this hike at my hiking blog:

By: Bryan G Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, October 24, 2010
Well we were short on time so we looked for a short hike and found this one. Figured the kids would like it. The trail head is actually in a camp ground and starts on an ATV trail. Walking on the ATV trail was a little difficult but it doesn't last for long. We did read that you can just park and go to the tower (about a 50 foot walk). The hike has a pretty decent ascent as you work the second leg of the cut backs, nothing to intense though. Well we made our way to the tower and thats the part we disliked. Trash was everywhere, lots of beer cans!! We encountered a lot of people at the tower that had just driven up there. The view was nice, but the people and the trash bothered me to much. We usually teach the kids if we encounter any trash on the trail we pick it up, we would of been up there for hours if we tried to clean that place up. If you want a great view and a short hike in this area go for buzzards's rock on of my families favorites!!

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