This is a very challenging 9-mile hike. Do not attempt this hike unless you are fully prepared. Do not attempt this hike if it is icy ... more »or rainy and stay within your group.
Shenandoah Park Emergency Number (800-732-0911) In the event of an emergency, please note the closest number on a blue marker to provide to the emergency responders.
Beginning at Old Rag Parking lot, located south of Sperryville, Virginia, this circuit hike ascends Old Rag Mountain to the well-known boulder scramble and leads to spectacular views of the Shenandoah valley from the top of Old Rag. The Ridge Trail begins the ascent, through the strenuous rock scramble to the summit and returns by way of the Saddle Trail passing two shelters and continues on Weakley Hollow Fire Road and return to the Old Rag parking area.
This is an incredible and rewarding strenuous hike. Old Rag takes no prisoners, so make sure you’re well fit before attempting this hike. The Mountain Club of Maryland considers this their highlight hike during the fall so that one can experience all of the fall color glory in Shenandoah National Park. Try to take this hike during the week and cut down on the amount of people on the trail. Take friends as there are parts of the boulder scramble that require teamwork to overcome. Injuries can occur during the scramble, so take your time while traversing this section. Total elevation gain 2674 and equal loss.
This hike, along with many others within Shenandoah National Park provides this area as a wonderful destination for a holiday. Many activities are available within the park, including horse-back riding, wildlife viewing and dining. Luray Caverns in close to Skyline Drive off of VA-211. Sperryville is a charming mountain town worth a visit. less «