Due to all the interest I have decided to start the hike from a different parking area. This one is a large picnic area and will be able to accommodate more cars. We will still be hiking up to and along the ridge line, but we will be approaching Buzzard Rock from the other direction. Because of this it makes a longer hike. If it is too far for you, you are welcome to go only part way and turn around. If you decide not to come because of the difficulty change, please let me know when you change your RSVP. Another organizer may lead an easier hike in the area if there's enough interest.
Buzzard Rock is one of my favorite hikes in the George Washington National Forest. It's a somewhat strenuous climb up to the ridge line, so be prepared. Once you're on top, it's a fairly level hike with great views in both directions. This is a rocky hike, so be prepared. I strongly recommend wearing hiking boots rather than tennis shoes.
You can find more info and directions to the parking lot here: http://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/BuzzardRock/
The description is for a 7 mile hike. I may or may not take the yellow trail down. I may take the blue trail, which would add another mile on, making it 8 miles total. It is an out and back hike, so people can tailor it to their comfort level. If the group is large, we may break into smaller groups depending on speed of hikers and how far people want to go.
There are no leash laws in the GWNF, so the dogs can be off leash most of the time. If your dog is off leash, he/she must be under voice control at all times. You also must carry a leash with you. This is a somewhat popular hike and we will run into other people/dogs and there may be a situation when they need to be on leash.
The weather this time of year can be kind of unpredictable. Please check back the night before the hike to make sure it's not cancelled. If there is rain, snow, or cold and windy conditions I will probably reschedule for later in the spring. The wind chill can get pretty bad along the ridge this time of year.
There is no water along the route. You need to bring enough water for you and your dog.
Carpooling is always an option. A good place to meet is the Centreville Park and Ride. It will take about an hour from there to the trailhead, so be prepared. The hike will start at 10am.
Looking forward to the hike! Let me know if you have any questions.