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Raven Rocks Out-and-Back

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Trail

5.3 mile 8.5 kilometer out and back
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Elevation

Ascent: 1,268' 387 m
Descent: -1,271' -387 m
High: 1,282' 391 m
Low: 863' 263 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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Trail shared by Benjamin Smith

An out-and-back rollercoaster hike that leads to a great view of the mountains.

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Overview

The Raven Rocks stretch of the Appalachian Trail provides a great route to a fantastic overlook of the valley. The up and down nature of the trail provides a nice break from trails that have very long lengths that only go up or down.

Need to Know

There are two parking areas: one directly at the trailhead and one across Route 7. Both parking areas fill up quickly, but the one on the south side of Route 7 is larger.

Description

Beginning your hike at the trailhead on Route 7, follow the Appalachian Trail's white blazes up the hillside. The trail has several steep switchback ascents and descents.

About halfway to the featured overlook, there is a small stream to cross by stepping across several rocks.

There are a few nice overlooks on the way, but the featured Raven Rocks Overlook is well worth the hike—you definitely know when you have arrived, as the view is great. The Raven Rocks is just past the Virginia / West Virginia border.

Once you are done enjoying the view, simply retrace your route to return.

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Feb 23, 2020
Joe Danz
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  4.7 from 3 votes

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in Virginia

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Photos

View of the main overlook on Raven Rocks.
Dec 3, 2019 near Shannon…, WV
Mid November view of the Raven Rocks Trail.
Dec 3, 2019 near Purcell…, VA
Mid-March outing to Ravens Rock.
Mar 15, 2020 near Purcell…, VA

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