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Shenandoah National Park
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Lots of reviews we read said things like "DANGEROUS!" and "Not for children!" and made us second... read more

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Very rocky trail.....Mostly switchbacks up the mountain till u reach the rock scramble. Theres a... read more

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All reviews upper body strength rock scramble parking lot saddle trail lots of water an early start full body bring enough bring plenty energy bars hours total decent shape hiking shoes well worth the effort access road turn around huge boulders
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Reviewed yesterday

Lots of reviews we read said things like "DANGEROUS!" and "Not for children!" and made us second guess taking our 9 year old daughter. My husband and I (in our 40s and in semi-decent shape) and our daughter hiked the whole thing in tennis shoes...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very rocky trail.....Mostly switchbacks up the mountain till u reach the rock scramble. Theres a veiwpoint and clearing on your left as u pass by early on the boulder portion. take a break here because this is the only view in that direction. when u...More

Date of experience: November 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Probably not a good hike to do with kids. It was definitely challenging for us, there are several very steep, uphill sections with switchbacks and big steps. There is also a long section of bouldering. Definitely plan to bring plenty of food, water and warm...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank tfears4
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Get an early start! I took about 6.5 hours with lunch for the whole loop. Wear non-slip shoes and take plenty of water. The rock scramble has some challenging points. For someone who has never done a rock scramble it can be a bit daunting...More

Date of experience: November 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So the hike is as hard as described. Pretty crowded even during the week. Good thing too because the rock scrambles are not all well marked and I needed some guidance from a veteran. If you do the circle and downward hike, the backside is...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife wanted to do this on her 50th birthday, so off we went. We completed this thing in 7 hours (incl lunch break) and it was a lot of fun. I read a lot about how difficult this was, and it is, but it’s...More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank 962anthonyp
Reviewed October 13, 2019 via mobile

I did this hike from skyline drive when I was 14/15/16 and 25. Never seemed hard but was beautiful. Recently I started the hike from old rag parking lot....oh it’s ALOT different so make sure those laces are tied and that wAter is packed, plus...More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank dmhorner
Reviewed October 13, 2019

So you want to hike to the top of Old Rag? Great! You will have a blast, but it's not for everyone. A few things to know before you go: First, be in good shape. You're hiking uphill for a few hours and on the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed October 8, 2019

We recently climbed Old Rag Mountain with our family including 9 and 10 year old boys. We had a great time and we definitely want to do it again. We highly recommend looking at YouTube videos and preparing as much as possible before you do...More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank Tcriste1
Reviewed September 4, 2019

nice, rigorous hike with some good scrambling and excellent views best done in the fall when temps are cool and leaves are colorful

Date of experience: October 2018
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August 8, 2018|
Response from burningsofgrace | Reviewed this property |
From Sperryville, Route 211: Take Route 522 south for .8 mile. Turn right onto Route 231 and go 8 miles. Turn right onto Route 601 and follow the signs to the parking area (approximately 3 miles). From Madison, Route 29... More
June 26, 2018|
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