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Address: Shenandoah National Park, VA
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Popular scenic area.

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We took a short detour through Shenandoah National Park on our way home to spend the night, enjoy the cooler temps, hike a fun trail and geocache. I picked this area because it... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We took a short detour through Shenandoah National Park on our way home to spend the night, enjoy the cooler temps, hike a fun trail and geocache. I picked this area because it was near the cabin that we were staying in and researched pictures online to see if we could manage the rock scramble portion of the trail -... More 

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Hudson, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Decided to pull off the road to stretch our legs while driving skyline drive and glad we picked this cool little loop. Going up you hit some cool rock scrambles for about 1/2 the way and then it's an easy .5 back down to the lot. Nice little climb!

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've climbed/hiked this short scramble repeatedly over the last 30+ years. Don't pay any attention to those who say you can fall 2000 feet, since it's simply not possible. It's 311 ft in altitude above the parking area and the 1 mile round trip takes about an hour. There are great views from the summit and for people looking to... More 

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Requires some climbing on rocks and I would recommend it if you have balance issues or a fear of heights, but it's worth it if you can manage it!

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Thank hikerVirginia
Downers Grove, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Fun hike through rock scramble. Well-marked and not too difficult, however it could be intimidating to people afraid of heights. When on the top the 360 degree view is breathtaking. We have been to Shenandoah several times and this is one of two hikes that we did more than once. It’s one of those not to be missed.

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Winter Haven, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

This was a good 1.5 hour hike. It was mostly rocky the entire hike, so we had to watch our steps so as to not turn our ankles. We went up and up. Near the top we found a great overlook and decided to not go all the way to the top. We had heard that there was quite a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

It's not Old Rag - but a fun hike through a short rock scramble. You can make a loop out of this hike with the AT trail.

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Oregon, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

We are from the Midwest and do a lot of flat hiking trails, so the opportunity to do a rock scramble was very unique. We all agreed that it was the best hike ever. The views are amazing. I would not attempt to do the trail if the rocks are wet and slippery. We did take our 11 and six-year-old... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

The hike is short, but involves a bit of rock climbing. Make sure you are in good shape and have good balance. The 360 degree view is breathtaking.

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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

It's a shorter version of old rag trail, which is one of my favorite all time hikes. The scrambling section isn't too difficult, very well marked and at a good pace will get your blood flowing. You don't need to pack anything since it's such a short hike but I'd recommend taking lunch or staying for sunset to spend time... More 

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