Kennedy Peak Out-and-Back
ElevationAscent: 755' 230 m
Descent: -756' -230 m
High: 2,531' 772 m
Low: 1,880' 573 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)
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“This is the out-and-back along the Massanutten Trail with the spur off to the Kennedy Peak.”— Annette Nowosielski
From VA675 and the ridgeline parking area, head north on the orange-blazed Massanutten Trail as it follows an old forestry road. The trail is wide and climbs gradually along the ridge for 1.3 miles. Descend through a saddle where the trail then climbs around the eastern side of Kennedy Peak before making a hairpin turn back towards the western side of the mountain.
When you arrive at a split in the trail, follow the trail to the left for 25 yards to a campsite and semi-obstructed view of Fort Valley. Return to the Massanutten Trail and continue uphill for another 0.2 miles to the ridge and intersection with the white blazed Kennedy Peak Trail.
Turn right and follow the Kennedy Peak Trail as it climbs for the remaining 0.2 miles to the Kennedy Peak fire tower. From the fire tower lookout platform, there are expansive 360-degree views of the Luray Valley and South Fork of the Shenandoah River to the east, and the Massanutten Range including Duncan Knob and Kerns Mountain to the southwest.
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Land Manager: USFS - George Washington and Jefferson National Forest