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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RT Distance 5 Miles
Elevation Gain 1000 Feet
Activities Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking, Fitness, Rock Climbing
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

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Nice out and back hike

This is a nice out and back hike that can get your blood pumping. The rocky terrain and several mild inclines keep it interesting. The views at the top are nice and would be a great lunch spot. Like other people have mentioned, it is called raven ROCK for a reason, so if you have weak ankles, wear a sturdy hiking boot. Also, keep in mind that this is a popular trail on the weekend so be sure to get there early.

about 1 year ago

Wear Hiking Boots

Made the mistake of wearing Nike Frees and almost cost myself a sprained ankle since there were so many rocks.

Solid Hike

Good hike, decent views. Better hikes in the Shenandoah, but this is only about an hour from DC, which is nice.


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