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1,336 mi 2,151 km of trail 23 Recommended Routes

Gems 2 Gems Easy Trails 69 Trails Intermediate Trails 151 Trails Hard Trails 110 Trails
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Gems in George Washington National Forest - 2

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gem Favorite View north from summit of Cole Mountain on the Appalachian Trail, with summits as far away as Shenandoah National Park easily visible.

Cole Mountain Summit

(1) Buena V…, VA
gem Favorite The upper portion of Crabtree Falls is especially serene during a foggy day.

Upper Crabtree Falls

(12) Nellysford, VA

Recommended Routes in George Washington National Forest - 20

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Favorite The views keep getting better and better the higher you climb along the Three Ridges Trail.
Difficult

Three Ridges Loop Trail

13.4 mi 21.6 km 3,565' Up 1086.57 m Up 3,564' Down 1086.44 m Down

Nellysford, VA
Favorite Hazy sunset.
Difficult

Humpback Rocks

1.8 mi 2.9 km 817' Up 249.16 m Up 817' Down 249.02 m Down

Nellysford, VA
Favorite Enjoy a great view from Spy Rock.
Intermediate/Difficult

Spy Rock Out-and-Back

3.1 mi 4.9 km 1,094' Up 333.33 m Up 1,093' Down 333.26 m Down

Nellysford, VA
Favorite This rock overlook offers great views of the Tye River Valley to the southeast.
Difficult

Climbing the Priest

8.2 mi 13.1 km 3,092' Up 942.4 m Up 3,093' Down 942.69 m Down

Nellysford, VA
Favorite The Signal Knob section of the Massanutten Trail loop.
Difficult

Signal Knob

10.6 mi 17.1 km 2,098' Up 639.37 m Up 2,136' Down 650.93 m Down

Strasburg, VA
Favorite The upper portion of Crabtree Falls is especially serene during a foggy day.
Intermediate/Difficult

Spy Rock to Crabtree Falls Shuttle

8.0 mi 12.9 km 1,507' Up 459.4 m Up 2,500' Down 761.97 m Down

Nellysford, VA
Favorite Lake view from the dam
Difficult

Sherando Recreation Area Loop

3.6 mi 5.9 km 981' Up 298.96 m Up 993' Down 302.61 m Down

Nellysford, VA
Favorite Kennedy Peak View
Intermediate

Kennedy Peak Out-and-Back

5.3 mi 8.6 km 755' Up 230.23 m Up 756' Down 230.33 m Down

Luray, VA

Trails in George Washington National Forest - 307

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27.1 mi 43.6 km #1Wild Oak National Recreation Trail (716)
Difficult
Bridgewater, VA
Difficult
Bridgewater, VA 13 
10.4 mi 16.7 km #2North Mountain Trail #443
Difficult
Verona, VA
Difficult
Verona, VA
2.7 mi 4.3 km #3Crabtree Falls Trail
Intermediate
Nellysford, VA
Intermediate
Nellysford, VA 14 
6.4 mi 10.4 km #4North Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Moorefield, WV
Intermediate/Difficult
Moorefield, WV
4.4 mi 7.1 km #5Tuscarora - Bear Wallow Trail #405.2
Difficult
Strasburg, VA
Difficult
Strasburg, VA
2.2 mi 3.5 km #6Laurel Run Trail
Intermediate
Woodstock, VA
Intermediate
Woodstock, VA
6.8 mi 10.9 km #7Massanutten Mountain Trail #416: South
Intermediate
New Market, VA
Intermediate
New Market, VA
0.4 mi 0.7 km #8Tuscarora Overlook Trail
Intermediate
Clifton Forge, VA
Intermediate
Clifton Forge, VA
1.6 mi 2.5 km #9Stack Rock Trail
Intermediate
Basye, VA
Intermediate
Basye, VA
3.5 mi 5.7 km #10Dowell's Draft Trail
Intermediate
Bridgewater, VA
Intermediate
Bridgewater, VA
4.6 mi 7.5 km #11Middle Mountain
Intermediate
Clifton Forge, VA
Intermediate
Clifton Forge, VA
10.6 mi 17.1 km #12Dry Run Trail #471
Difficult
Covington, VA
Difficult
Covington, VA
2.8 mi 4.6 km #13Blue Suck Falls Trail
Difficult
Clifton Forge, VA
Difficult
Clifton Forge, VA
3.2 mi 5.2 km #14Festival Trail
Intermediate
Dayton, VA
Intermediate
Dayton, VA
4.3 mi 7.0 km #15Stony Run Trail
Intermediate
Clifton Forge, VA
Intermediate
Clifton Forge, VA
3.7 mi 6.0 km #16Brushy Ridge Trail
Difficult
Warm Springs, VA
Difficult
Warm Springs, VA
0.6 mi 0.9 km #17Braley Pond Trail #653
Easy
Weyers Cave, VA
Easy
Weyers Cave, VA
2.8 mi 4.5 km #18Little Rocky Row Run Trail #512
Difficult
Glasgow, VA
Difficult
Glasgow, VA
2.1 mi 3.3 km #19Tillman West Trail
Intermediate
Bridgewater, VA
Intermediate
Bridgewater, VA
1.4 mi 2.3 km #20Morgan Run Trail #583
Intermediate/Difficult
Shenandoah, VA
Intermediate/Difficult
Shenandoah, VA

Photos of George Washington National Forest - 145

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Hiking Big Schloss on the Mill Mountain Trail - George Washington National Forest
Nov 25, 2019 near Moorefield, WV
Soak up the fantastic views from Big Schloss.
Jul 6, 2017 near Moorefield, WV
The views keep getting better and better the higher you climb along the Three Ridges Trail.
Jan 24, 2017 near Nellysford, VA
Mountains
Nov 13, 2018 near Luray, VA
Ah... the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Sep 30, 2015 near Nellysford, VA
Cold Mountain in December.
Jan 24, 2016 near Buena V…, VA
Messing around on boulders along Mount Pleasant!
Dec 4, 2015 near Buena V…, VA
Winter water crossings froze our toes... but was so fun.
May 20, 2018 near Monterey, VA