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Gems in Central District - 11

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gem Favorite Foggy Old Rag. Still beautiful!

Old Rag Summit

(71) Stanley, VA
gem Favorite The second of 6 waterfalls in Whiteoak Canyon (the 1st being the very upper falls).

White Oak Canyon Swimming Hole

(33) Stanley, VA
gem Favorite Night shot of Dark Hollow Falls

Dark Hollow Falls

(42) Stanley, VA
gem Favorite It's almost unfair to not have to work for this view from Stony Man Summit in Shenandoah National Park.

Stony Man Summit

(26) Stanley, VA
gem Favorite Sunrise view from atop Mary's Rock

Mary's Rock Viewpoint

(27) Luray, VA
gem Favorite Sunset view from atop Bearfence.

Bearfence Mountain

(23) Stanley, VA

Recommended Routes in Central District - 16

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Favorite Colorful of fall foliage is the awesome feeling and smell
Difficult

Old Rag Loop

8.9 mi 14.3 km 2,362' Up 719.92 m Up 2,359' Down 718.89 m Down

Stanley, VA
Favorite The second of 6 waterfalls in Whiteoak Canyon (the 1st being the very upper falls).
Difficult

Whiteoak Canyon to Cedar Run Loop

8.2 mi 13.1 km 2,255' Up 687.39 m Up 2,255' Down 687.38 m Down

Stanley, VA
Favorite One of the many cascading falls as you descend Rose River Loop
Intermediate/Difficult

Rose River Loop

3.8 mi 6.1 km 796' Up 242.59 m Up 797' Down 242.97 m Down

Stanley, VA
Favorite Let out a well-deserved celebration on Hawksbill Summit (4,050ft).
Intermediate/Difficult

Hawksbill Mountain Loop

2.7 mi 4.3 km 608' Up 185.44 m Up 649' Down 197.86 m Down

Stanley, VA
Favorite Sunset view from atop Bearfence.
Intermediate/Difficult

Bearfence Loop Trail

1.1 mi 1.8 km 232' Up 70.77 m Up 232' Down 70.65 m Down

Stanley, VA
Favorite Night shot of Dark Hollow Falls
Intermediate

Dark Hollow Falls

1.7 mi 2.7 km 495' Up 150.91 m Up 495' Down 151.02 m Down

Stanley, VA
Favorite Let out a well-deserved celebration on Hawksbill Summit (4,050ft).
Intermediate

Upper Hawksbill Ascent

2.2 mi 3.5 km 412' Up 125.5 m Up 411' Down 125.2 m Down

Stanley, VA
Favorite Autumn view from the cliff near Crescent Rock Overlook.
Difficult

Whiteoak Canyon - Hawksbill Summit Loop

13.6 mi 21.8 km 3,652' Up 1113.19 m Up 3,649' Down 1112.08 m Down

Stanley, VA
Favorite Looking back across the bridge connecting Whiteoak Canyon trail to the fire road.
Intermediate/Difficult

Whiteoak Canyon to Upper Falls

4.7 mi 7.5 km 941' Up 286.93 m Up 942' Down 287.04 m Down

Stanley, VA

Central District Hiking

  • 251 Miles 404 Kilometers of Trail
  • 16 Recommended Routes
  • 11 Gems Gems
  • 19 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 60 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 18 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Central District - 81

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2.9 mi 4.6 km #1Ridge Trail
Difficult
Stanley, VA
Difficult
Stanley, VA 14 
5.0 mi 8.0 km #2Whiteoak Canyon
Intermediate/Difficult
Stanley, VA
Intermediate/Difficult
Stanley, VA 22 
0.5 mi 0.8 km #3Stony Man Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Stanley, VA
Easy/Intermediate
Stanley, VA 23 
0.9 mi 1.4 km #4Dark Hollow Falls Trail
Intermediate
Stanley, VA
Intermediate
Stanley, VA 14 
2.4 mi 3.9 km #5Robertson Mtn Trail
Difficult
Stanley, VA
Difficult
Stanley, VA 12 
1.8 mi 2.9 km #6Saddle Trail
Difficult
Stanley, VA
Difficult
Stanley, VA
2.7 mi 4.3 km #7Buck Ridge Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Luray, VA
Intermediate/Difficult
Luray, VA
2.2 mi 3.5 km #8Rose River Loop Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Stanley, VA
Intermediate/Difficult
Stanley, VA 10 
2.2 mi 3.6 km #9Graves Mill Trail
Intermediate
Madison, VA
Intermediate
Madison, VA
4.0 mi 6.5 km #10Staunton River Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Madison, VA
Intermediate/Difficult
Madison, VA

Photos of Central District - 235

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Sunset view from atop Bearfence.
May 25, 2016 near Stanley, VA
Autumn view from the cliff near Crescent Rock Overlook.
May 24, 2016 near Stanley, VA
Morning twilight view of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the Tunnel Overlook.
May 24, 2016 near Luray, VA
Sunrise view from atop Mary's Rock
May 24, 2016 near Luray, VA
The milky way over Big Meadows.
May 24, 2016 near Stanley, VA
A section of the Rapidan Road on a foggy Summer morning.
May 24, 2016 near Stanley, VA
View from Hazel Mountain Overlook.
May 25, 2016 near Luray, VA
A winter afternoon view from Timber Hollow Overlook in the Central District .
May 24, 2016 near Stanley, VA