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Hike to Raven Rock

Bluemont, Virginia

based on 12 reviews



5 miles

Elevation Gain

1000 ft

Route Type



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.

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Rock Climbing
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking


Close-by to another great hike, so you can knock both out in a day!

The trail was crowded but for a holiday weekend not Too bad. It’s well marked and the view at the end is a nice destination. I saw police ticketing cars parked illegally along the side of the road (the trail head spots were full) so just be careful when/where you park.

We clocked this hike at 2.6 miles out and 2.6 miles back in 4 hours and 30 minutes (including a 30 minute rest at the top). It is u and down both ways but the trek to the top took about an hour longer than the journey back. Our boys are 8 and 10 and managed the entire hike with a little whining. The views up top are really beautiful and the adventure through the forest is great. We saw deer, fox, centipedes, lizards, and a squirrel the size of a raccoon.

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