“a popular hiking destination”
The summit of Old Rag Mountain is accessible via a system of trails in Shenandoah National Park. The shorter, most common way is from a parking area at the end of County Route 601 off Route 231, at the base of the mountain. A 7.1 miles (11.4 km) circuit hike or a 5.4 miles (8.7 km) out-and-back hike to the summit can be made. The circuit hike makes use of the Ridge Trail which ascends the mountain 1.6 miles (2.6 km) to the first false summit. The trail then turns into a rock scramble, which can be strenuous for inexperienced hikers, for 1.1 miles (1.8 km) to the summit and intersection with the Saddle Trail which descends 1.9 miles (3.1 km) down the saddle of the ridge past Byrds Nest #1 shelter and Old Rag shelter to the junction with Weakley Hollow Fire Road. The Fire Road then descends 2.5 miles (4.0 km) to the Old Rag parking area . This pleasantly convenient parking area was closed in 2010. All parking is now limited to the lower field parking area adding a half mile walk on asphalt. Likewise the summit can be reached from Skyline Drive by following Old Rag Fire Road from the drive at milepost 43 to its eastern terminus with the Saddle Trail and then follow that trail to the summit.
While pretty difficult, you will find it totally worth it while at the top of the summit looking out over the valley. It's pretty amazing and totally worth and amount of sweat and soreness that will come once you're finished!
This is the favorite trail of my husband and I. It's challenging but the views from the top are awesome! If you love rock scrambling, this trail is for you! You don't need climbing experience but a bit of upper body strength is useful for at least a couple parts of the trail, otherwise it's great even for those new to hiking. You will definitely break a sweat, so bring plenty of water. Usually my husband and I also bring food for lunch. We hike a few times a month and do this trail in about 4.5 hours, including a stop for the overlooks and a lunch. However, when we first started it did take us 8 hours to do the trail.
parking area SR600/Nethers Rd. 38.57036, -78.28705
Although a bit difficult it will not disappoint! Very popular. Best to go early
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