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Old Rag Mountain Hike

Shenandoah National Park, VA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Hiking Trails, State Parks, Caverns/ Caves, Mountains, National Parks, Trails, Forests
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Arlington, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

We hiked Old Rag on New Year's Eve. Because the trail is rocky, it was particularly icy. Had much better luck on Pass Mountain, where the trail was compacted snow, with no ice.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

This hike starts with just a basic trail winding through the trees and brush. You start to see the random boulder scattered throughout the landscape. Then you come upon your first real challenge. These boulders are enormous. The trail is marked so you really can't get lost. Upper body strength is needed to manoeuvre some of these trails or at... More

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Rapidan, Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

This is a very special night and a local hiker leads groups up at night each month when there is a full moon. One side is a gentle slope but on the other side you much do some rock scrambling. Most go up one side and come down the other, assuming you can arrange for your car to be waiting.... More

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Columbia, Maryland
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

The parking lot was at least 1/2 mile from the trail head, but there was plenty of parking spots. There was also 4-5 portapotty on site. We took the circuit hike (which was posted 7.7 miles, 7hrs). We started the hike at 9am, we encountered many different people along the hike. It was nice to follow those that knew where... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

I went on this hike the Friday after Hurricane Sandy with my boyfriend. We had been worried that there would be snow and lots of trees down on the trail but decided to give it a try anyway. There were rangers clearing the fallen trees and the storm debris and there wasn't much snow at all. A plus side of... More

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Rockville, MD
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

Old Rag mountain is topped with rocks allowing for amazing views in all directions. It is really special and I highly recommend this hike with the following notes. People who do cardio workouts several times a week will find this lovely hike through the woods for the first miles and a fun scramble over rocks toward the top. For people... More

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Tampa, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

The drive getting to the parking lot of this trail is a little far from the main road. Get in early, parking spaces fill up quickly. The map for Old Ridge said the trail is strenuous - for a beginner, it is true. This can also be an all day experience. From the parking lot tot he start of the... More

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Pahoa, Hawaii
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

As I look at the reviews, I realize that people do not consider this a "beginner" hike. It's actually not that hard, you just need to be in some sort of shape and can walk at least 9 miles. The rock scramble was the hardest part and that was only because we wore slippery running shoes. I'm not a mountain... More

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Culpeper, Virginia, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

This hike is not for the beginner. Make sure you have good knees and can handle a little cardio activity. Mostly well groomed trails, a little bit of rock scrambling, and a chance to do some bouldering at the top. The views at the summit are breathtaking!

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Mays Landing, New Jersey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

If you are seeking a premier hike on the east coast then this is your challenge. The length is just short of 9 miles and is a test of strength and stamina. With an elevation gain in excess of 2k feet it will be a climb, but well worth the effort. The rock scramble to the summit is a test... More

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