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Old Rag Mountain Hike

Shenandoah National Park, VA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Forests, Mountains, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, State Parks, Hiking Trails, Trails, Outdoors
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Forests, Mountains, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, State Parks, Hiking Trails, Trails, Outdoors

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Bethesda, Maryland
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97 reviews 97 reviews
33 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

In a region of small rounded hills, this outing has almost "Alpine" character (especially with some snow and ice - when it becomes a full-on mountaineering experience). That, and a good trail system has made this hike extremely popular and crowded in the warmer months. Best done mid-week, but on a weekend, an early morning start (hit the road from... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Better to come here in the Spring or Fall when it is cool. You will have to crawl up and down some "rock scrambles" at some point, so wear sturdy clothes that you don't mind getting dirty or worn, and don't try it if you have bad knees.

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

My army son and I did the hike today. It was a perfect day today with bright sunshine and a cool breeze. We did the loop trail in 3 and 1/2 hours. We only saw a hand-full of people the entire time.

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Ashburn, VA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

If you like to spend a day outdoors and be challenged by a great hike, there is no better place to do it if you in the Shenandoah mountains. All the reviews that precede mine are right on. The only thing I can add, having enjoyed this hike over a 25 year span (have done it more than 50 times)... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

This hike was well worth it for the sense of accomplishment it gives you. Here’s what you should expect: Doing a strenuous loop hike (we recommend loop vs. up and back) that will take you at least 6 to 7 hours if you are in decent shape (it’s around 8 miles). Plan on maybe 7 or 8 hours if you... More 

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Clifton, Virginia
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77 reviews 77 reviews
19 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Improve your experience for this 9-miler up and back Old Rag: Pick a nice day to avoid rain or frost on the rocks. Play hooky, hike on a weekday- less crowds and better chance to see wildlife on secluded return trails. Arrive early to lunch at Summit. If coming from the DC area stop in Warrenton (wawa station @ last... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

I had thought this hike would be too difficult for me but finally decided to give it a go at the strong encouragement of a god friend. Boy am I glad I pushed myself. What an amazing experience. What was more amazing to me was that I was not sore the next day. There were a couple of points when... More 

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Newport News
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

If there is the one must hike to do, this is the one. Be sure to start early, Somewhere around 8 am. We started at the bottom and hiked up, over, down and around to back where we parked. It took us all day but was worth every step.

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Bealeton, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

What can you say about this hike that hasn't already been said by so many other people? Challenging? Definitely Not for beginning hikers? Definitely. Bring lots of water and wear proper shoes? Most definitely? Fantastic views and well worth the effort? DEFINITELY!! Guess I caught it on a good day, because it was not crowded at all. Long periods of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

This continues to be one our favorite hikes, and apparently the favorite of another million people as well. Great exercise. Nice views. Fun. The only ding I give this is the amount of people many of whom shouldn't be on this trail. It can be tedious at times waiting in line for someone to scamble a rock because they wore... More 

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