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Go early!

This hike is for lovers of rocks and high places! This is the only true rock scamble hike in the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Nice Beautiful views for a price!!

This is not an easy trail. Be prepared!!! That means lots of water, good hiking shoes, a hiking... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
phillipsburg, nj
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Shenandoah National Park, VA
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This hike is for lovers of rocks and high places! This is the only true rock scamble hike in the park, other then the little Bearfence hike. Go early to avoid the crowds. Don't carry a huge pack as it is a detriment and don't...More

Thank ddallas1969
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is not an easy trail. Be prepared!!! That means lots of water, good hiking shoes, a hiking stick, and a go get them attitude is a must!!!!

Thank cubanbucky
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with my son to just spend a day in the mountains and taking in the awesome views while we got some exercise hiking. The views are amazing and the trails are well maintained. Great activity as a family.

Thank Citadel1980
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I are in our 60's and in a little better than average shape. We like to hike, but do not get to do trails like this very often. We did this hike on a day when the temperature was in the mid-60's....More

2  Thank Ralph B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We (mid-thirties guy and gal) enjoyed hiking Old Rag on a Sunday morning in mid-October, but--and I'm prepared to have you think I'm a certain name TA won't let me say for writing this--we did not think it was hard, let alone "very strenuous", as...More

2  Thank Brittany_11_10
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went up for my birthday and decided to do the rock scramble side. It was really rough. If you do it take a lot of breaks and water. It will take a lot out of you. The view from the top was amazing though.

Thank Jason A
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed hiking Old Rag Mountain but it was a workout! The hike took us 4:40 min to complete and we are pretty fit people. First to note: you have to hike about a mile down the road from the parking lot just to get...More

3  Thank Tara L
Reviewed 1 October 2017

This is rated as the most strenuous hike in the park. Have a mind that the trail-head is NOT in the park. It's a bit of a drive and there is NO cell service in the area of trail-head. Have this is mind if you...More

2  Thank Karen S
Reviewed 26 September 2017

This is a great hike, very challenging with the numerous rock scrambles, but well worth it. I will say, if you hike with trekking poles, they will just get in the way during the rock scramble. Use them when you can, but when you get...More

2  Thank Van D
Reviewed 25 September 2017

Tips from someone who has done this many, many times -- in every season. You can thank me later. 1) If at ALL possible stay somewhere nearby(ish) the night before so you can get an early start. Our best climbs have been when we were...More

3  Thank sjbirder
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31 October 2017|
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Response from Jason A | Reviewed this property |
went at the beginning of October and there was an insane amount of bees but it's pretty cool now so should be good.
Donald B
21 September 2017|
Response from Craig Z | Reviewed this property |
Don't do it at night; it's not safe. Actually, since it is a national park I think they close the trail at night.
Jamie L
24 February 2017|
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Response from OldManSAC | Reviewed this property |
No. You need to know what you are doing and be able to scramble some awkward stretches of rock. It is not just a simple walk.