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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: Katie Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, November 4, 2018
Great hike! Beautiful viewpoint at the top, and up-and-down hike through rocky woods to get there. Takes about 1-1.5 hours one-way going at a good pace. Plan on taking a lot longer with children because of the rocky terrain and occasional steep inclines. Perfect hike to bring your dog! Have to be in fairly good shape just to complete the hike, and even then it's a good workout. Highly recommend!

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, November 3, 2018
General Review: This trail is rocky and has several ups and downs making this trail not ideal for little kids. I came across couple groups that had kids around age of 6 and under that had to turn back without making the overlook. It is highly trafficked so if you want solitude, this is not the trail for you. Overlook is great, especially good for sunsets. Both AT&T and Verizon had full service throughout the hike, so you can use mobile apps to track your progress/location if your worried. The trail is very well marked while white blaze.

For overnight backpackers: The main reason for my review is to add more information for backpackers. There is a campsite opposite the overlook off of the AT, space for about 4 tents with a stone fire ring. Tent spots are not flat and will have some rocks/roots that is not easily clearable, so sleeping pad is necessary. Ideal for watching sunset/stargazing. When I went, there was 20mph winds, so I continued on about 1/4 mile and found another site on the left of the trail that was better protected. This site could also host about 4 tents, but was slightly more spread out. Neither site is ideal for mixed groups unless you wanted to socialize. For water, if you are planning on sleeping at the overlook site, use the first spring before reaching the overlook. If your planning on camping at the second site, there is another spring about 1/4 mile passed the site. Both sites are right off of the AT, but the trees on the second site are more sparse, so you will be in the line of sight to hikers on the AT. Plenty of wood to for fires on either site so you will not have to venture far. There are probably smaller, better hidden sites along the trail since I could faintly hear dogs off of the AT between these sites, but these are the most established sites that I came across.

By: VA_hiker_923 Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, October 14, 2018
The views were ok. Solitude was a 0. Definitely wear hiking boots or shoes with good tread. Very minimal parking at the trailhead/kiosk.

By: Tyler Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, August 25, 2018
The view from the top is indeed very nice! The trail getting there though I felt was kinda boring, just an uninteresting forest with little undergrowth. No flowers or wildlife.

Trail was busy on a beautiful August Saturday. Took us (decently fit guys) 90 minutes to get to the Raven Rocks while hiking at a moderate pace.

By: Jim C Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, August 4, 2018
This is my 2nd or 3rd time hiking Raven Rocks. This go-round, it was pretty foggy and the streams (2) were flowing due to all of the rain recently. The amount of rainfall made for more enjoyable hiking (i.e., water crossings) in my opinion. The most dangerous part is cross Rt 7 if you park in the large parking lot on the south side of Rt 7. Given the rain and fog/humidity I spent more time looking down than normal. Didn't see a lot of people on the way toward WV but I passed several groups on my way back. Lots of rocks and tree roots to step on/over. I didn't take my poles this time but probably will next time.

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