Blackrock

Ruckersville, Virginia 22968

Blackrock

Blackrock Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This gentle and short hike leads to one of the most compelling
vistas in Virginia, an awe-inspiring 360-degree view of the south district of the Shenandoah"

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best of the Appalachian Trail Day Hikes (Menasha Ridge Press)
Leonard M. Adkins & Victoria and Frank Logue
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"This short hike leads to outstanding views from Blackrock. The Trail nearly circles the mountain as it passes around its north, west, and south sides. From the parking area at the trailhead, hike a short distance of the Jones Run Trail to the junction with the A.T. Turn right on the A.T. and hike south 0.25 mile to Skyline Drive. Cross Skyline Drive and continue following the A.T., climbing gradually. Pass most of the way around the summit of Blackrock (elevation 3,100'). There are several fine views from this section of trail. The return hike is back north on the A.T. to the Jones Run Trail, which leads to the parking area." Read more
Hiking Shenandoah National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bert & Jane Gildart
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"A short loop hike climbs to a rocky summit with a short boulder scramble at the top. Special consideration: This is a “Kids Track Trail,” a National Park program that enhances the hike for children." Read more
Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail South (Menasha Ridge Press)
Johnny Molloy
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"This child-friendly, geologically fascinating loop has fun written all over it. Make an easy walk from Shenandoah’s Skyline Drive to an incredible rock jumble on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Views extend for miles in multiple directions from the summit of boulder-strewn Blackrock." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes Shenandoah National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bert and Jane Gildart
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"A short loop hike brings you to a spectacular rocky summit with a short boulder scramble at the top." Read more
Top Trails Shenandoah National Park (Wilderness Press)
Johnny Molloy
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"Shenandoah is known for its overlooks and vistas. Many can be accessed from Skyline Drive. But, as hikers know, the best views are earned on foot. Not everyone can tramp for miles to an overlook. However, this short loop around the summit of Blackrock is doable by just about everyone from 4 to 84. Start at nearly 3,000 feet, then make your way up the Trayfoot Mountain Trail on a wide track, topping a hill. Meet the Appalachian Trail (AT) and follow it northbound. Open onto an incredible rock jumble. Views extend for miles in multiple directions. Kids enjoy scrambling over massive boulders to reach the summit of Blackrock. Adults can stay on the AT. After gaining views from several spots, reenter woods, working your way back to the trailhead." Read more

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11/4/2018
Nice leisurely 1.25 mile hike to a beautiful, 360 view. Some elevation to the peak, but an easy hike for most ages. Fun rock scramble at the top but the views are great without it too. We will definitely do this trail again.
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Trail Information

Ruckersville
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
1.2
Distance
300 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1-1.5 hours
Duration
Park facilities are generally open March through late November; a facilities schedule is online.
Season
Views
Features
Shenandoah National Park nps.gov/shen, 540-999-3500, 800-732-0911 [for emergencies]
Local Contacts
Map 11: Appalachian Trail and Other Trails in Shenandoah National Park South District (PATC)
Local Maps

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Dec 2018