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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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Annapolis, Maryland
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69 reviews 69 reviews
20 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

This is a very steep uphill hike with major boulder/rock scrambles at the top. It is not for little kids unless you want to go part way and turn around...still not recommended for kids under 8. We really liked it, but didn't make it quite to the top as we were running out of time (and energy). It's a full... More

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Arlington, Virginia, United States
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Given that Old Rag Mountain Hike has five stars all around on multiple websites and sources, you would think to have no real second thoughts about embarking on this ten mile treachery festival. My boyfriend and I wanted to go on a Friday, to beat the crowd, but by the time we were at the hiking store to pick up... More

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Galax, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Again I'm hit with a limited date choice. I have don't this hike from the parking lot on the OUTSIDE of the park and done it several times when younger. This can be a demanding hike from that starting point and includes some scrambling between rocks. However, the views from the top are absolutely breath taking. One time on returning,... More

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

I haven't hiked Old Rag for 15 years. In those years we hiked it on the weekends and had no problems. Holy moly have things changed. It's like a Super highway with hundreds of people. The hike is still wonderful. A 2200 foot elevation change with great rock scrambles makes it one of my all time favorite hikes. But the... More

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Miami, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

My wife and I hiked Old Rag Mountain recently and we had a great time. Neither of us were in the best shape (although we have done several similar hikes before), but we still had a great time. We recommend bringing a lunch and finding somewhere secluded to eat at the top of the mountain. It was very romantic. Also,... More

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Stafford, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

I should have known what I was in for after we had to walk (uphill no less) from the parking lot to the hiking trail! It was grueling, especially with the heavy back-pack I let my wife pack. The rock scramble was a lot of fun. We did a guided rock scramble in Vegas at Red Rock Canyon and as... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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134 reviews 134 reviews
22 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

We have hiked Old Rag several times. It is about a 9 mile trip hike with aggressive rock scrambling for about a mile near the top. You can avoid the rock scramble if you go up and down the fireroad (counter-clockwise to start) but this makes it about an 11 mile round trip. This part is challenging for people that... More

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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

This is not an easy hike but it is well worth it if you are in shape and enjoy scampering up rocks. Best to start in the early morning and take 3 water bottles per person. The trail down is longer and easier but it makes for a nearly 10 mile hike before you are back to your car. We... More

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Wallingford, Connecticut
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149 reviews 149 reviews
68 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

The Old Rag circuit is about 8 miles. When you factor in the roundtrip walk from the parking area to the trailhead you can add another .8 miles each way for a total distance of 9.6 miles. Go clockwise up the mountain. First follow the blue-blazed Ridge Trail to the summit of Old Rag, then descend down the Saddle Trail... More

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Sunnyvale, CA
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133 reviews 133 reviews
35 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Most of the hike is on nice trails, albeit quite steep. The part that is difficult is just the last bit - maybe half a mile - where you are basically bouldering. Make sure you have shoes with rubber soles for good traction: a lot of the high-traffic boulders are quite smooth from, well, high traffic, Once you get to... More

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