Rapidan Camp–Laurel Prong–Hazeltop Loop

Stanley, Virginia

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A moderately difficult hike leads to a falls, to the retreat of a former US president, and returns along one of the park’s higher and more geologically interesting peaks.
Hiking Shenandoah National Park

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Hiking Shenandoah National Park

by Bert & Jane Gildart (Falcon Guides)

A moderately difficult hike leads to a falls, to the retreat of a former US president, and returns along one of the park’s higher and more geologically interesting peaks.

© 2016 Bert & Jane Gildart/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Stanley
Distance: 7.4
Elevation Gain: 160 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 to 8 hours
Season: Spring to Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 3,300 feet
Top Elevation: 3,460 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Shenandoah National Park
Local Maps: National Geographic Trails Illustrated Topographic Map 228; Map 10, Appalachian Trail and Other Trails in Shenandoah National Park, Central District
Driving Directions: Directions to Rapidan Camp–Laurel Prong–Hazeltop Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

7/22/2012
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OMG another trail where the reviews are all for the wrong trail!!! The reviews here are all for Bearfence Mountain, a short strenuous nearby, not this 7.4 mile hike! If you want solitude, a wide range of scenery, and interesting historical site this is the hike for you. We didn't find this trail too strenuous--make sure you take hiking poles though because it can be slick. We went in summer where they let us in the Rapidan Camp buildings and gave an interpretive talk. Very interesting--one of our presidents stayed here regularly!! Plus the Hawksbill Summit (DON'T MISS THE SMALL SPUR TRAIL TO THE LEFT AT 5.3 MILES!!!) is gorgeous and you'll have it all to yourself even in the summer. Specatular trail with light traffic. Everyone will find something special for themselves on this wonderful wilderness trail.


8/12/2008
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I think it was the most fun I've had hiking in Shenandoah National Park. The rock scramble near the summit is great and it's a nice change of pace after hiking other trails all day. This trail reminds me of a rollercoaster - it's a lot of fun and you get a big rush, but it's over almost as soon as it starts. I enjoyed it so much that when I finished I hiked it a second time.


11/25/2007
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Took the hike early in the morning starting out just before sunrise. The hike is indeed short but difficult involving some nice scrambles over large boulders. If you enjoy the challenges involved with rock scrambling this is a great little hike. The view atop these boulders was outstanding especially in the early morning light which was golden red. If you have the time you can extend this hike by taking the Bearfence Loop trail that you will come to about .6 miles along the route.


8/1/2001
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This trail was incredible! I was scared to death once I got to the top , but it was beautiful and worth it. They are not kidding when they say rocky scramble. It's a relatively short trail, but steep. You need to be surefootted and not carry too much.


8/1/2001
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Incredible view. Interesting climb. I highly recommend it. Bought the eTrail - pretty cool! It's the trail directly from the guidebook. Now it's on my computer forever so I can print it again! :)



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