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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

(14) Nellysford, VA

Recommended Routes in George Washington National Forest - 22

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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 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 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 Soak up the fantastic views from Big Schloss.
Difficult

Greatest Hits of the Great North Mountain Trails

23.1 mi 37.2 km 4,591' Up 1399.44 m Up 3,663' Down 1116.59 m Down

Woodstock, 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 meadows offer views of the surrounding mountains
Difficult

Laurel Run Circuit

9.0 mi 14.4 km 1,840' Up 560.74 m Up 1,841' Down 561.12 m Down

Basye, 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
Favorite Cold Mountain in December.
Intermediate

Cole (Cold) Mountain Loop

6.2 mi 10.0 km 1,169' Up 356.26 m Up 1,164' Down 354.89 m Down

Buena V…, VA

George Washington National Forest Hiking

  • 1,728 Miles 2,781 Kilometers of Trail
  • 24 Recommended Routes
  • 2 Gems Gems
  • 70 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 163 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 98 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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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 14 
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 17 
4.4 mi 7.1 km #4Tuscarora - Bear Wallow Trail #405.2
Difficult
Strasburg, VA
Difficult
Strasburg, VA
4.6 mi 7.5 km #5Middle Mountain
Intermediate/Difficult
Clifton Forge, VA
Intermediate/Difficult
Clifton Forge, VA
4.3 mi 7.0 km #6Stony Run Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Clifton Forge, VA
Intermediate/Difficult
Clifton Forge, VA
2.0 mi 3.2 km #7Kaylor Ridge Trail (North)
Difficult
Massanutten, VA
Difficult
Massanutten, VA
2.2 mi 3.5 km #8Laurel Run Trail
Intermediate
Woodstock, VA
Intermediate
Woodstock, VA
6.8 mi 10.9 km #9Massanutten Mountain Trail #416: South
Intermediate
New Market, VA
Intermediate
New Market, VA
1.6 mi 2.5 km #10Stack Rock Trail
Intermediate
Basye, VA
Intermediate
Basye, VA

Photos of George Washington National Forest - 165

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Soak up the fantastic views from Big Schloss.
Jul 6, 2017 near Moorefield, WV
Hiking Big Schloss on the Mill Mountain Trail - George Washington National Forest
Nov 25, 2019 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
Ridgetop view - Shenandoah Valley to right, Fort Valley to left.
Jan 3, 2021 near Strasburg, VA