Hike to Raven Rock

Virginia Raven Rock trailhead

Added by Jack Staples

This is a great hike right off of Route 7 on the Appalachian Trail that leads to a great view and some backcountry camping opportunities.

Starting at a small parking lot right off of Route 7 (wuick right onto Pine Grove Road) this hike takes you North on the Appalachian Trail in a very hilly/rocky part of the trail. Expect to gain and lose 300 feet+ multiple times! It's about 2.5 miles each way so budget at least a few hours to go out and back, or even better you can bring a tent and set up camp right behind the overlook in a well defined camp area. The sunrise views (this is an easy-facing lookout) are amazing and it's usually much less crowded than Bears Den. If you're up for a more challenging hike, this is a great place to go!

P.S. If you are interested and experienced in rock climbing, there is a great rock wall here about 70 feet tall that is frequented by rock climbers during the warmer months.

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Backpack
  • Plenty of water or a filtration system
  • Food
  • Cell phone
  • Bug spray
  • Toilet paper
  • Tent (optional)
  • Backup battery (optional)
  • Fire starter (recommended)
  • Rock climbing equipment (optional)
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Backpacking, Camping, Fitness, Hiking, Photography, Rock Climbing

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1000 Feet



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking

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4 months ago

Favorite hike in this area

This is definitely my favorite hike in this area, its challenging enough to get a good workout and offers some of the best views around here. It gets pretty busy on weekends so be sure to arrive early. I've stuck to weekdays and have mostly had the entire trail and overlook to myself.

4 months ago

Added by Jack Staples

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