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Gems in George Washington National Forest - 2

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gem Favorite View north from summit of Cole Mountain on the Appalachian Trail, with summits as far away as Shenandoah National Park easily visible.

Cole Mountain Summit

(1) Buena V…, VA
gem Favorite The upper portion of Crabtree Falls is especially serene during a foggy day.

Upper Crabtree Falls

(14) Nellysford, VA

Recommended Routes in George Washington National Forest - 21

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Favorite Lovely summer day on Humpback rocks.
Difficult

Humpback Rocks

1.8 mi 2.9 km 817' Up 249.16 m Up 817' Down 249.02 m Down

Nellysford, VA
Favorite This rock overlook offers great views of the Tye River Valley to the southeast.
Difficult

Climbing the Priest

8.2 mi 13.1 km 3,092' Up 942.4 m Up 3,093' Down 942.69 m Down

Nellysford, VA
Favorite View from rock outcropping on Priest trail
Intermediate/Difficult

The Priest from Crabtree Meadows

4.6 mi 7.4 km 1,172' Up 357.23 m Up 1,173' Down 357.51 m Down

Nellysford, VA
Favorite The meadows offer views of the surrounding mountains
Difficult

Laurel Run Circuit

9.0 mi 14.4 km 1,840' Up 560.74 m Up 1,841' Down 561.12 m Down

Basye, VA
Favorite Lovely summer day on Humpback rocks.
Difficult

Humpback Rocks Loop

4.2 mi 6.8 km 1,117' Up 340.53 m Up 1,132' Down 345.11 m Down

Nellysford, VA
Favorite Enjoy a great view from Spy Rock.
Intermediate/Difficult

Spy Rock Out-and-Back

6.0 mi 9.6 km 925' Up 281.93 m Up 924' Down 281.74 m Down

Nellysford, VA
Favorite Cold Mountain in December.
Intermediate

Cole (Cold) Mountain Loop

6.2 mi 10.0 km 1,169' Up 356.26 m Up 1,164' Down 354.89 m Down

Buena V…, VA
Favorite View north from Church Rock overlook.
Difficult

Church Rock

7.6 mi 12.3 km 1,733' Up 528.32 m Up 1,733' Down 528.13 m Down

Basye, VA
Favorite Reddish Knob Sunrise at the turnaround.
Difficult

VHTRC Martha Moats Baker 50 km

33.9 mi 54.6 km 7,492' Up 2283.62 m Up 7,503' Down 2287.01 m Down

Bridgew…, VA

George Washington National Forest Running

  • 1,117 Miles 1,797 Kilometers of Trail
  • 21 Recommended Routes
  • 2 Gems Gems
  • 74 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 149 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 111 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in George Washington National Forest - 313

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10.5 mi 16.9 km #1AT: Tidewater Appalachian Trail Club (VA)
Difficult
Nellysford, VA
Difficult
Nellysford, VA
2.7 mi 4.3 km #2Crabtree Falls Trail
Intermediate
Nellysford, VA
Intermediate
Nellysford, VA 18 
3.4 mi 5.5 km #3Old Hotel Trail
Intermediate
Buena Vista, VA
Intermediate
Buena Vista, VA
27.1 mi 43.6 km #4Wild Oak National Recreation Trail (716)
Difficult
Bridgewater, VA
Difficult
Bridgewater, VA 16 
36.7 mi 59.1 km #5Shenandoah Mountain Trail (447)
Intermediate/Difficult
Monterey, VA
Intermediate/Difficult
Monterey, VA
7.8 mi 12.6 km #6Timber Ridge Trail (431)
Difficult
Franklin, WV
Difficult
Franklin, WV
10.4 mi 16.7 km #7North Mountain Trail #443
Difficult
Verona, VA
Difficult
Verona, VA
7.5 mi 12.1 km #8Shenandoah Mountain North (1024)
Difficult
Franklin, WV
Difficult
Franklin, WV
5.4 mi 8.7 km #9Wolf Ridge (378)
Intermediate/Difficult
Dayton, VA
Intermediate/Difficult
Dayton, VA
11.3 mi 18.2 km #10Great North Mountain Trail #1009: Crooked Run to Church Rock
Difficult
Basye, VA
Difficult
Basye, VA

Photos of George Washington National Forest - 174

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Ah... the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Sep 30, 2015 near Nellysford, VA
Cold Mountain in December.
Jan 24, 2016 near Buena V…, VA
The upper portion of Crabtree Falls is especially serene during a foggy day.
Jan 21, 2017 near Nellysford, VA
The views keep getting better and better the higher you climb along the Three Ridges Trail.
Jan 24, 2017 near Nellysford, VA
Soak up the fantastic views from Big Schloss.
Jul 6, 2017 near Moorefield, WV
Mountains
Nov 13, 2018 near Luray, VA
Ridgetop view - Shenandoah Valley to right, Fort Valley to left.
Jan 3, 2021 near Strasburg, VA
Lovely summer day on Humpback rocks.
Jul 7, 2021 near Nellysford, VA