Lets do another fun hike followed by a wine tasting at a nearby vineyard. This time, lets do Ravens Rock which is right off of Route 7 in Clark County, VA - about 30 miles west of Leesburg. This popular hike is 5.5 miles round trip on the Appalachian trail, with some significant change in elevation. Bring snacks, lunch to eat at the top, sunscreen and lots of water to stay hydrated.
We'll meet at the trailhead to begin hiking at 10AM. For those that want to carpool, we'll meet in front of the North Fairlington Management office - 3001 S. Abington Street at 8:30AM
Following the hike we have a couple options, one is to go for burgers and beers/drinks in Leesburg which is on the way back home, or if folks want to taste wine, a few more miles west down Route 7 you may visit Veramar Vineyards for a wine tasting.
View from the top of Ravens Rock
More Details on Ravens Rock Hike
The view from Raven Rocks is one of the best in the area. Although the distance is only 5.5 miles with a vertical gain of 1,530ft, as you can see from the elevation profile, there are three strenuous ascents on this out and back hike. Raven Rocks is also a popular area with rock climbers, as it can be accessed by a road 0.4 miles from the east.
Make sure to wear sturdy footwear, as the hike that remains entirely on the white blazed Appalachian Trail, is very rocky.
Begin the hike by heading north on the white blazed Appalachian Trail, as it crosses over the first ridge, then making several steep switchback descents before reaching a small run in 0.8 miles. 100 yards past the run cross over an unblazed trail and remain on the Appalachian Trail.
After ascending the next ridge come to a nice view of the Winchester Valley to the west, before descending and arriving at the Raven Rocks Hollow stream in 1.2 miles from the last run.
Climb the final ascent of 0.4 miles, passing a sign marking the Virginia, West Virginia border, then reaching Raven Rocks where you will find fantastic views towards the south west and the Shenandoah Valley.
During spring and fall, the Raven Rocks 100ft wall is a favorite spot with local rock climbers. To return retrace your route 2.7 miles back to the parking area at VA679 and Rt7.
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