Old Rag

Syria, Virginia

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Old Rag is so popular, the park has special rules for recreational use. There’s a fee to park and use the trails on certain weekends and holidays during summer and fall. What’s the attraction? Old Rag is a quick drive from Northern Virginia and offers day-trippers a craggy knob with eye-popping views. Beating the crowds on Old Rag means hiking in the off-season. Mountain laurel decorates the Saddle Trail with white and pink blossoms during spring. In fall, views from Old Rag across Weakley Hollow are filled with autumn colors. Whatever the season, carry a warm overshirt or jacket; wind and no tree cover can make Old Rag’s summit feel positively alpine.
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by Bill and Mary Burnham (Falcon Guides)

Old Rag is so popular, the park has special rules for recreational use. There’s a fee to park and use the trails on certain weekends and holidays during summer and fall. What’s the attraction? Old Rag is a quick drive from Northern Virginia and offers day-trippers a craggy knob with eye-popping views. Beating the crowds on Old Rag means hiking in the off-season.

Mountain laurel decorates the Saddle Trail with white and pink blossoms during spring. In fall, views from Old Rag across Weakley Hollow are filled with autumn colors. Whatever the season, carry a warm overshirt or jacket; wind and no tree cover can make Old Rag’s summit feel positively alpine.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Syria
Distance: 7.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 7-8 hours
Season: Year round; bad weather may occasionally close roads
Local Contacts: Shenandoah National Park, 3655 US 211 East, Luray (540) 999-3500 www.nps.gov/shen
Local Maps: USGS Old Rag; PATC #10: Shenandoah National Park Central District
Topo Map: Old Rag Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Virginia Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

11/13/2011

A fun hike with a lot of great views. The "rock scramble" was by far my favorite part. It requires you to climb over, squeeze through, duck under, and slide down a variety of obstacles. This is a busy trail, so if you plan on hiking it on the weekends be prepared. You may have to wait at some of the more difficult climbing parts as people figure it out. At one spot almost everyone required a hand from above or a push from below as they tried to get over a boulder. I hiked this on a Sunday and the crowd at the top was quite large. The rocks provide a great challenge if you are looking for something different than a regular trail. Overall it deserves its reputation as one of the best hikes in VA.

6/26/2009

what a great hike, super walk in the woods, and the scranble to the top is challlenging but doable! Pay your parking fee at the lower lot before heading up -- no pay post at upper lot.

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