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Trails in George Washington National Forest

  • Appalachian Trail – Hog Camp Gap to the Tye River
    (19.5 miles, elevation 3172 ft, includes views from Tar Jacket Ridge, Spy Rock and the Priest)
  • Appalachian Trail – Hog Camp Gap to Punchbowl Mountain
    (17 miles, elevation gain: 2900 ft. – first day views, camping shelter)
  • Appalachian Trail – Tye River to Mau-Har Trail Junction
    (3.8 miles, elevation 1100 ft., suspension bridge and obstructed views of The Priest)
  • Beards Mountain – Douthat State Park
    (7 miles, elevation gain: 1400 ft. – decent views of the lake)
  • Big Schloss – Lee Ranger District
    (4 miles, elevation gain: 1000 ft. – spectacular views)
  • Bird Knob -Emerald Pond
    (8.3 miles, elevation gain: 1650 ft. – great views and a pretty pond)
  • Bird Knob – Browns Hollow Loop
    (11 miles, elevation gain:2290 ft. – great views, pond, stream/waterfall)
  • Buzzard Rock – Lee Ranger District
    (4 miles, elevation gain: 650 ft. – nice views)
  • Cole/Cold Mountain – Glenwood & Pedlar Ranger District
    (6 miles, elevation gain: 1490 ft. – spectacular views, open meadows)
  • Crabtree Falls – Glenwood & Pedlar Ranger District
    (3.4 miles, elevation gain: 1000 ft. – waterfall, very crowded trail)
  • Duncan Knob – Lee Ranger District
    (3.5 miles, elevation gain: 1200 ft. – spectacular views, fun rock scramble)
  • Flat Run Trail – Douthat State Park
    (5 miles, bike ride, elevation gain: none – along a scenic creek)
  • Fridley Gap Loop
    (6 miles, elevation gain: 1417 ft,  a couple nice views, pretty stream, great backcountry camping)
  • Hone Quarry Ridge – Dry River Ranger District
    (5 miles, one nice view, near a GWNF established campground)
  • Kaylor Knob – Lee Ranger District
    (3.3 miles, elevation gain: 450 ft. – decent views)
  • Kennedy Peak – Lee Ranger District
    (4.75 miles, elevation gain: 400 ft. – excellent views, fire tower)
  • Kepler Overlook
    (6 miles, elevation gain: 1100 ft – nice views, great backcountry camping)
  • Massanutten Ridge Trail – Massanutten Resort
    (4 miles, elevation gain: 1000 ft. – nice views, feral goats)
  • Massanutten Story Book Trail – Lee Ranger District
    (.5 miles, elevation gain: none – pretty views, wheelchair accessible)
  • Mount Pleasant – Glenwood & Pedlar Ranger District
    (5.4 miles, elevation gain: 1350 ft. – pretty views, two summits)
  • The Priest – Glenwood & Pedlar Ranger District
    (2.8 miles, elevation gain: 1000 ft. – nice views, recommend 4WD to get to trailhead)
  • Signal Knob
    (10.2 miles, elevation gain: 2159 ft. – ok views)
  • Spy Rock – Glenwood & Pedlar Ranger District
    (3.1 miles, elevation gain: 1260 ft. – fantastic views)
  • Strickler Knob – via Scothorn Gap – Lee Ranger District
    (5.5 miles, elevation gain: 1600 ft. – fantastic views, fun rock scramble)
  • Strickler Knob – via Massanutten Trailhead
    (9.1 miles, elevation gain: 2250 ft. – tough climbing, fantastic views, fun rock scramble)
  • Tibbet Knob – Lee Ranger District
    (3.1 miles, elevation gain: 830 ft. – excellent views)
  • Trimble Mountain – North River Ranger District
    (4 miles, elevation gain: 1050 ft. – ok views, close to Todd Lake)
  • Veach Gap – Morgan’s Road Fort Valley
    (7 miles, elevation gain: 1100 ft. – nice views of the river, interesting geology)
  • Woodstock Tower – Lee Ranger District
    (2 miles, elevation gain: 500 ft. – great views, fire tower)
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