About the Trip
Located on the Appalachian Trail, this rocky route guides you to views once reserved only for our winged friends. The 5.5-mile excursion takes you tiptoeing over babbling brooks, traipsing through narrow switchbacks covered with mossy rocks, and into the thickest part of the forest to soak in the glorious silence. Just when your ankles grow weary from this strenuous trek, you come upon a break in the trees that signals the end of your ascent to Raven Rocks. The 1,350 foot overlook offers jaw-dropping views of rolling hills and farms of the Shenandoah Valley below that will sweep you off your feet.
Due to the rocky terrain, shoes that support the ankles are recommended.
WHAT WE BROUGHT
CanonSD Powershot 1000, hiking boots, snacks, sunglasses, water
Besides the vantage points, what we remembered the most about this hike was the silence. In the forest, you could not even hear the wind. It was eery and as we looked deep into the forest, we wondered how many eyes were watching us. We also ran into a thru hiker who had hiked all the way from Georgia.
WHAT WE SAW:
An Appalachian thru hiker and an inchworm. We also saw a lot of termite art as well.
LIVE AND LEARN
We felt like novices on this trail because everyone had a Camelbak except for us. We are also starting to feel like maybe hiking boots aren’t for us. They really do weigh you down.
Show me the dough
Fuel cost of trip: 53 miles round trip = $10.60