This very popular hike along an inclined saddleback ridge is well worth doing (especially very early in the morning). The first 1.5 miles are through wooded forests leading to a series of rocky outcroppings and very large boulders. The hike snakes through, under, and over wonderful rock formations (about 3 miles into the loop). The descent is fairly gradual and easy leading to a fire road with easy walking along a pleasant stream, finally back to the trailhead.

Directions: From Front Royal take 522 south past Sperryville. Turn right on Route 231 for a few miles. Finally turn on Route 707 until either the 200 car lot (about .75 miles from trailhead) or if you're very early (before 7am) up to the trailhead lot (8 cars).

Elevation: 4,011 feet

Elevation gain: 431 feet

Difficulty: Easy

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Away Travel Editor: Alistair Wearmouth
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Editor Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Camping,Day Hiking
Editor Tips & Helpful Hints
  • This is an exceptionally popular weekend hike. Beat the crowds by camping on Friday night alongside Hughes River and the Nicholson Hollow Trail. A free backcountry permit is required.
  • Cap your day's hike off with a pint and burger at the Griffin Tavern in Flint Hill, Virginia. The mellow pub vibe, nicely landscaped outdoor patio, and good food and drink are the perfect complement to the rolling fields and mountain views.


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