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Humpback Rocks Loop

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A loop trail that takes you up to the views from Humpback Rocks and returns via the AT.


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4.2

Miles

6.8

KM

Loop

3,298' 1,005 m

High

2,195' 669 m

Low

1,117' 341 m

Up

1,132' 345 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

49%

Max Grade (26°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife

Skyline Drive is subject to winter closures in this area.

Overview

This is a loop trail that takes you up the steep Humpback Rocks Trail first, then uses the connector trail to get to the AT. The AT will return you to the parking lot after taking you down the other side of the ridge, but in an easier fashion. If you prefer, you may go clockwise and save the steep section for the downhill.

Need to Know

Parking is at a premium, so get there early.

Description

This 4.25 mile loops takes you up the steep Humpback Rocks trail to the amazing views of the valley to the west. After spending some time at the rocks you'll follow the signs to the connector trail that leads to the AT.

Once you reach the AT, you'll take a left and continue on the Northbound AT as it descends the other side of the ridge. You'll continue down the AT until you reach the sign that denotes the connector trail back to the parking lot where you began.

History & Background

The prominent rock outcrop was a landmark guiding wagon trains over the Howardsville Turnpike in the 1840s. A portion of the historic trace still exists. This was a major route across the narrow Blue Ridge until railroads came through the mountain gaps. The view from the rocks is spectacular any time of the year.

Humpback Rocks is an area rich in history, scenic beauty, and abundant hiking trails. Early European settlers forged a living from the native materials that flourished in the Appalachian Mountains. Hickory, chestnut, and oak trees provided nuts for food, logs for building, and tannin for curing hides, while rocks were put to use as foundations and chimneys for the houses, and in stone fences to control wandering livestock. Many self-sufficient farms sprang up in the Humpback Mountain area.

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Shared By:

Donovan Fitzgerald

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  4.2 from 6 votes

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Hazy sunset.
Jun 18, 2015 near Nellysford, VA
Humpback Rocks hike
Jun 18, 2015 near Nellysford, VA
Nice grading on the way up.
Dec 18, 2015 near Nellysford, VA
Even the kids will love this route!
Jun 18, 2015 near Nellysford, VA
Enjoy phenomenal views from Humpback Rocks.
Mar 23, 2017 near Nellysford, VA
Heading up to Humpback Rocks.
Jun 18, 2015 near Nellysford, VA

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Oct 20, 2020
Ben Gerlach
Be sure to take the short way up next time, it will make for a much more leisurely hike down. 4.5mi — 4h 00m
Oct 18, 2020
FRED COMBS
First mile up to Humpback I found very Steep and difficult, but the rest of the loop was a very nice hike lots and lots of rocks I would do this again — 2h 45m
Sep 20, 2020
Morgan B
Sep 16, 2020
Kateryna Rewilak
Aug 2, 2020
John Ligon
Ready for an adventure today! — 10h 25m
Oct 13, 2019
Eric Francis
Aug 29, 2019
Joe Danz
Fucking bees — 2h 09m
Aug 19, 2019
Lisa Gardner