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Massanutten Trail #408

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A challenging ridgeline singletrack along the northern Massanutten ring encircling Fort Valley, VA.


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70.4

Miles

113.3

KM

Loop

2,764' 843 m

High

782' 238 m

Low

8,445' 2,574 m

Up

8,427' 2,568 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

44%

Max Grade (24°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views

The trail is always open, however, note that hunting is allowed in the George Washington National Forest in late fall.

Description

The Massanutten Trail is a 70-mile loop along the northern ridges of Massanutten Mountain, encircling Fort Valley, VA. There are multiple starting points, some of the most popular being Signal Knob at the northern end, Edinburg Gap along the west side, and Camp Roosevelt at the southern end.

From any of the trailheads, follow orange blazes for a challenging out-and-back, or connect with another blazed trail for a loop.

The terrain is mostly rock-strewn primitive singletrack, with occasional stretches of doubletrack. This trail is not for the timid! Experienced hikers will be challenged by the technical terrain both uphill and down. Plan on slow going. Also plan on carrying your own food and water as there are few opportunities to re-supply or receive assistance along the trail.

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Shared By:

Barry Croker with improvements by Jeff Monroe

Trail Ratings

  3.7 from 10 votes

#3

in Strasburg

#9834

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#3

in Strasburg

#249

in Virginia

#9,834

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Photos

Ridgetop view - Shenandoah Valley to right, Fort Valley to left.
Jan 3, 2021 near Strasburg, VA
View into Shenandoah Valley from the ridge.
Jan 3, 2021 near Strasburg, VA
Rock steps and side cut trail along the climb to High Peak.
Jan 3, 2021 near Front R…, VA
The Signal Knob section of the Massanutten Trail loop.
Jul 7, 2017 near Strasburg, VA
Near the start of the Massanutten Trail when heading northeast, you'll have to navigate this sturdy rock section.
Jul 7, 2017 near Woodstock, VA
a hang glider seen from the nearby Woodstock Tower
Sep 20, 2019 near Woodstock, VA

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Apr 12, 2019
Brett Lewis
Estimated 10 hours of hiking per day, about 12 miles per day. There are some fairly easy stretches in the West, but the East ridge is a beast. 70mi — 60h 00m
Jul 28, 2018
Agata Poniatowski
with my brother Jakub Poniatowski 12mi
Jul 4, 2018
Kenneth Russell
Jun 23, 2018
Troy Volanth
14mi
Apr 25, 2018
Dan Barie
Apr 7, 2018
John Bjorklund
Northern section loop of 42 miles. Road hiked through Fort Valley. 42mi — 20h 00m