Old Rag Mountain Day Hike

Old Rag is easily among Virginia’s most scenic summits, with its billion-year-old jumbled dome of granite the key to its popularity.  The trail, 8.8 miles from start to finish*, climbs over, under and around large boulders, squeezes through rock slits, and goes through the rocks by way of man made tunnels.

This is a challenging moderate to strenuous hike with the rock scramble portion requiring the use of your hands for balance and leverage.  The reward at the 3,268-foot summit is a spectacular view of Virginia’s piedmont to the east and Blue Ridge Mountains to the west.

We will meet to carpool at 6:45 am in the commuter parking area behind the BP gas station at Village Square at Kiln Creek Shopping Center (Super Kmart), 5009 Victory Blvd, Newport News.  A map of the carpool location with directions can be downloaded here.  We will depart promptly at 7 am.

Travel time to the mountains is about three hours with day hikers expected to arrive back in Newport News approximately 9:00 pm. Bring water for the hike (2 liters recommended) as well as trail snacks and a bag lunch. An extra shirt to change into after the hike may help you feel more comfortable for the ride home.  Don't forget your camera!  A daypack will help with transporting these items and will keep your hands free for the rock scramble portion of the hike. Sneakers are acceptable but hiking boots are preferred for maximum traction and ankle support. There is a $5 entrance fee per person into Shenandoah National Park and participants should also bring money for a dinner break on the return home and to share in the cost of gasoline with their driver.

For additional information about Old Rag Mountain visit:

http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/old-rag-hike-prep.htm http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/upload/old_rag_area.pdf




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  • Donald F.

    Had an great time!! :) Also, thanks for the award!

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • Patti P.

    WONDERFUL TIME!!! :) THANKS EVERYONE FOR SUCH A GREAT DAY!

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Penny H.

    Awesome! Thanks everyone for making it such a fun hike!

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Steve R.

    I forgot how much fun this hike is (even though it is still just as challenging). Thanks Robin, had a GREAT time.

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Robin L.

    great hike as always

    1 · June 22, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    Man, I wish I could go, unfortunately, I'll have scrappy with me and it would not be conducive to have him scramble rocks too :-) maybe next time

    1 · June 21, 2013

    • Penny H.

      We'll miss you! We'll have to do this sometime when you have a doggy sitter :)

      June 21, 2013

    • Elizabeth

      Absolutely!!! I miss you all!!! I have so much to tell you too!!

      June 21, 2013

  • Elisabeth D.

    Is anyone coming from the Harrisonburg area? I'd love to carpool and meet up with the group there...

    June 17, 2013

    • Patti P.

      Look for the GB Packers frame on our VW

      June 21, 2013

    • Penny H.

      Assuming I'm driving, I'll be in a tan Buick Century with a rusty bottom (don't judge!). I'm feeling remiss that I don't have a cheese head to bring to the hike :)

      2 · June 21, 2013

  • Patti P.

    Steve and I will meet you all at the mountain!

    1 · June 17, 2013

    • Robin L.

      awesome see you guys there

      June 18, 2013

  • Ni

    I just finished up a 61 mile back packing trip. Wish I could come I have wanted to do old rag for a while, but have obligations on that day. Probably plan a multi day extended hike through Old Rag in the future. Looking to do the 32 mile loop to Clingman's dome or map out some trails around Mount Rogers in July. Then planning a 100 mile section hike in the fall on the AT. Please keep me posted on future trips especially multi day.

    1 · June 14, 2013

    • Robin L.

      I did 85 miles on the at in feb.. I started at springer mtn

      1 · June 14, 2013

  • Penny H.

    I'll probably have more than 2 guests, but will be responsible for them. We may meet you there. I'll let you know as I figure out details!

    June 13, 2013

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