Woodstock, Virginia

Hike to Woodstock Tower

1 Miles Total - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Emily Keehan

A short hike to a lookout tower that offers scenic 360-degree views.

From I-81, take exit 283 for Woodstock and follow it down to an intersection with a Sheetz on the right. Cross the intersection to E Reservoir Rd, following it until it ends. Turn left onto rt 609. Follow it until it splits, at which point you will take a left onto Hottel Rd. Turn right at the intersection immediately after that. Then turn right and follow that road down to an intersection, then keep straight. The road will lead to Woodstock Rd, which you will turn right onto. This road will take you up the mountain on a dirt road with lots of switchbacks. Follow this road until you reach the top of the mountain, where there will be a small parking area on the right. The trailhead to Woodstock Tower is in the back right corner.

The less-than-a-mile-long hike will take you up to the tower. It is a moderate trail, with light elevation gain. The tower offers views of the Northern fork of the Shenandoah River, showing several bends in it. There are great views of Virginia, West Virginia, and George Washington and Jefferson National Forest from the top of the tower.

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