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1,338 mi 2,153 km of trail 23 Recommended Routes

Gems 2 Gems Easy Trails 69 Trails Intermediate Trails 152 Trails Hard Trails 109 Trails
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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

(12) Nellysford, VA

Recommended Routes in George Washington National Forest - 23

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Favorite Sarah crossing upper Campbell's Creek
Difficult

Three Ridges Loop Trail

13.4 mi 21.6 km 3,565' Up 1086.57 m Up 3,564' Down 1086.44 m Down

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

Spy Rock Out-and-Back

3.1 mi 4.9 km 1,094' Up 333.33 m Up 1,093' Down 333.26 m Down

Nellysford, VA
Favorite View of trail looking southwest
Difficult

Grindstone 100 Trail Race

103.7 mi 166.9 km 21,872' Up 6666.61 m Up 21,864' Down 6664.1 m Down

Staunton, 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 Overlooking New Market, Virginia.
Difficult

VHTRC Waterfall 50K

30.8 mi 49.6 km 6,689' Up 2038.76 m Up 6,717' Down 2047.45 m Down

New Market, VA
Favorite The Signal Knob section of the Massanutten Trail loop.
Difficult

Signal Knob

10.6 mi 17.1 km 2,098' Up 639.37 m Up 2,136' Down 650.93 m Down

Strasburg, 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

Trails in George Washington National Forest - 307

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27.1 mi 43.6 km #1Wild Oak National Recreation Trail (716)
Difficult
Bridgewater, VA
Difficult
Bridgewater, VA 13 
10.4 mi 16.7 km #2North Mountain Trail #443
Difficult
Verona, VA
Difficult
Verona, VA
2.7 mi 4.3 km #3Crabtree Falls Trail
Intermediate
Nellysford, VA
Intermediate
Nellysford, VA 16 
6.4 mi 10.4 km #4North Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Moorefield, WV
Intermediate/Difficult
Moorefield, WV
4.4 mi 7.1 km #5Tuscarora - Bear Wallow Trail #405.2
Difficult
Strasburg, VA
Difficult
Strasburg, VA
2.2 mi 3.5 km #6Laurel Run Trail
Intermediate
Woodstock, VA
Intermediate
Woodstock, VA
6.8 mi 10.9 km #7Massanutten Mountain Trail #416: South
Intermediate
New Market, VA
Intermediate
New Market, VA
0.4 mi 0.7 km #8Tuscarora Overlook Trail
Intermediate
Clifton Forge, VA
Intermediate
Clifton Forge, VA
1.6 mi 2.5 km #9Stack Rock Trail
Intermediate
Basye, VA
Intermediate
Basye, VA
4.6 mi 7.5 km #10Middle Mountain
Intermediate
Clifton Forge, VA
Intermediate
Clifton Forge, VA
3.5 mi 5.7 km #11Dowell's Draft Trail
Intermediate
Bridgewater, VA
Intermediate
Bridgewater, VA
10.6 mi 17.1 km #12Dry Run Trail #471
Difficult
Covington, VA
Difficult
Covington, VA
4.3 mi 7.0 km #13Stony Run Trail
Intermediate
Clifton Forge, VA
Intermediate
Clifton Forge, VA
2.8 mi 4.6 km #14Blue Suck Falls Trail
Difficult
Clifton Forge, VA
Difficult
Clifton Forge, VA
3.2 mi 5.2 km #15Festival Trail
Intermediate
Dayton, VA
Intermediate
Dayton, VA
3.7 mi 6.0 km #16Brushy Ridge Trail
Difficult
Warm Springs, VA
Difficult
Warm Springs, VA
0.6 mi 0.9 km #17Braley Pond Trail #653
Easy
Weyers Cave, VA
Easy
Weyers Cave, VA
2.8 mi 4.5 km #18Little Rocky Row Run Trail #512
Difficult
Glasgow, VA
Difficult
Glasgow, VA
2.1 mi 3.3 km #19Tillman West Trail
Intermediate
Bridgewater, VA
Intermediate
Bridgewater, VA
1.4 mi 2.3 km #20Morgan Run Trail #583
Intermediate/Difficult
Shenandoah, VA
Intermediate/Difficult
Shenandoah, VA

Photos of George Washington National Forest - 146

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Sarah crossing upper Campbell's Creek
Jan 21, 2020 near Nellysford, VA
Soak up the fantastic views from Big Schloss.
Jul 6, 2017 near Moorefield, WV
The views keep getting better and better the higher you climb along the Three Ridges Trail.
Jan 24, 2017 near Nellysford, VA
Mountains
Nov 13, 2018 near Luray, VA
Ah... the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Sep 30, 2015 near Nellysford, VA
Cold Mountain in December.
Jan 24, 2016 near Buena V…, VA
The views from Rocky Row are why you make the climb.
Jan 21, 2017 near Glasgow, VA
The upper portion of Crabtree Falls is especially serene during a foggy day.
Jan 21, 2017 near Nellysford, VA