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Raven Rocks - Bluemont, Virginia

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Commuter Lot Parking: Park on the south side of VA 7 at the ridge. 39.11536, -77.8475
Trailhead Parking LIMITED: Turn onto Pine Grove Rd. and park in 20 yards on the right into the small parking area and kiosk trailhead. 39.11665, -77.85239
WARNING: Do Not park on Pine Grove Rd/VA679 or you may be towed.
Adhere to the No Parking signs.

The view from Raven Rocks is one of the best in the area. At a total distance of 5.8 miles with a vertical gain of 1,530ft there are three strenuous ascents on this out and back hike, as you can see from the elevation profile. Raven Rocks is also a popular area with rock climbers, as the wall can be accessed by a road 0.4 miles from the east. The only consistent complaint from reviewers is that the hike is extremely rocky. Make sure to wear good footwear. A hiking stick or poles are also recommended.

Parking: There is limited parking for 6-8 cars at the trailhead and information kiosk on Pine Grove Rd. If this lot is full park at the ridge off VA 7 in the large commuter lot. DO NOT park on the side of Pine Grove Rd as there is a good chance you will be towed. Make sure to adhere to the No Parking signs.

  • Mile 0.36 - The white blazed A.T. will go uphill behind the kiosk. Cross over the first ridge then make several steep switchback descents before reaching a small run in 0.8 miles. 100 yards past the run cross over an unblazed disused trail. After ascending the next ridge come to a nice view of the Winchester Valley to the west. This view is obscured when leaves are on the trees. Continue over the rise then descend more steeply to Raven Rocks Hollow Run.

  • Mile 2.4 - There is a large campsite on the north side of Raven Rocks Hollow Run, with a spring 100 yards downhill. Climb the final ascent of 0.5 miles passing a sign marking the Virginia/ West Virginia border, then arrive at the Raven Rocks overlook where you will find fantastic views towards the south west and the Shenandoah Valley. During spring and fall, the Raven Rocks 100ft wall is a favorite spot with local rock climbers. To return retrace your route south.

  • Mile 5.8 - Arrive back at the commuter parking area on VA 7.

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Hiker Reviews For The Raven Rocks Hike (5 Most Recent)
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By: Clare Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, September 16, 2017
As a solo hiker I enjoyed this path because it was a well trodden route with people nearby most of the time. It was a good challenge, as I haven't been out for a good walk in a few years, but it was manageable. I completed the hike, out and back in 2.5 hours with a combined 15 minute break at the top and and at the spring. If I was to do this route again I would ensure that I wore sturdier shoes as the rocky terrain caused my ankles to roll a few times but asides from that it was a good first route back into the hiking world.

By: rishi Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, September 10, 2017
fun and challenging but really long would be great if you want a longer hike

By: Susanna Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, August 06, 2017
I hiked this earlier today in about 2 1/2 hours with a little lunch break at the top (there isn't a lot of space up there but the view is pretty). I kept track of how much I went downhill going in so that when I returned I wasn't surprised by the "roller coaster" effect, which wasn't as bad as I was expecting based on some of these reviews. Parking is tight but I was able to get a spot and although I did see a fair amount of people it was pretty easy to navigate around others. Overall, I would recommend this to someone with only time for a shorter hike or if you are easing back into hiking. I saw a few thru hikers which was great as this is on the AT, therefore I found it well marked.

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, July 22, 2017
Thanks reviews are right about two big things: the parking is tough. We got lucky that someone was leaving when we got there around 10:30 because otherwise the overflow lot is a good walk back out a ridiculously dangerous Route 7. The other thing is that it's a challenging hike. Not difficult but on the high end of the moderate scale. Not crowded but we did see hikers every 10 min or so.

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, April 08, 2017
I have a hiking group called Her Hike Collective, where I take Women out to the mountains and hike together! This day we had eleven women with us as we hiked Raven Rocks Hike. It was a gorgeous spring day, where we started off cold but quickly only needed a light t-shirt. That's why its great to hike with layers and have a backpack to put them away. We had to park in the large parking lot across the highway but it was fairly easy to find the hike trailhead. We passed hikers that were hiking the Appalachian Trail, or really they hiked passed us, and it was interesting to ask them how long they had been hiking for. I really enjoyed that this hike was a part of a much longer trail for some. Crossing the state border into WV was really cool, the sign is small and some of the girls missed it on the way back down the trail. The view is one of the best I have hiked before and I cannot wait to share my photographs of our hike. I am also a photographer so I photograph all of our group hiking and the scenery. We could see why the hike got the nickname the Roller Coaster, but it was a great change to previous hikes we have had that had a lot of switchbacks. We got to see a few guys rockfall climbing and repelling once we got to the top, and we took a break to eat lunch and sit in the sun. Perfect weather, perfect views and an all around perfect day! I would highly recommend this hike! If you would like to see our group in action you can go to the hashtag on social media #herhikecollective it is open to any women to join us! The ladies with Garmins or Fitbits did say that the hike actually totaled about 7 miles instead of the above listed 5 miles. I did not have one on but I would have to agree that it did seem a little more than 5 miles total. We also did park in the farther parking lot which is about a half mile walk to the trailhead. I hope to do this hike again!

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