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Used to access Old Rag, this is an easier, but less-awesome alternative to Ridge Trail.


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1.8

Miles

2.9

KM

Point to Point

3,245' 989 m

High

1,980' 604 m

Low

1,264' 385 m

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13%

Avg Grade (8°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

While on Weakley Hollow Fire Road or Berry Hollow Fire Road you'll eventually come to an obvious sign with information on the park and the Old Rag Loop. Head up this trail which is fairly wide and worn to start. Off to the left, you'll see a campsite near the first drainage ditch. This might be a good spot to drop your stuff if you are backpacking as campsites above this point are few and far between.

Continue up the trail and you'll shortly get to Old Rag Shelter. The shelter does host a privy, so it might be a nice place to take a break. Beyond the shelter, the trail turns into mostly stone stairs for the rest of the hike. Unlike the Ridge Trail, there is no squeezing between rocks or really hard scrambling. This is still a trail that should taken seriously, however.

Near the top of the trail, you'll pass Byrd's Nest day-use shelter and eventually intersect Ridge Trail at the Old Rag Summit.

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Foggy Old Rag. Still beautiful!
Jul 4, 2016 near Stanley, VA
Old Rag Mountain Summit
Dec 29, 2017 near Stanley, VA
Best hike in Shenandoah!
Sep 22, 2019 near Stanley, VA
rock scrambling
Sep 22, 2019 near Stanley, VA
Perfect picture frame.
May 29, 2015 near Stanley, VA
The risk is worth the reward at Old Rag Summit!
Jul 4, 2017 near Stanley, VA

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