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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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.

Nice Spacious Overlook

This part of the AT is very rocky and there are seldom few parts of trail that is flat and smooth. You're constantly needing to watch your footing. It is also very hilly and you're consistently either going up or down an incline. Once you do get to the overlook it isn't overly crowded which is nice and there's plenty of room to sorta find your own spot to relax.


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