Fall Foliage @ Shenandoah National Park Series Part : Stony Man Mountain

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Old Rag Mountain

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ADMISSION: Free

DESCRIPTION:

The summit of Old Rag is accessible via a system of trails in Shenandoah National Park. The shorter, most common way is from a parking area at the end of Virginia State Route 601 off Virginia State Route 231, at the base of the mountain. A 9-mile (14.5 km) circuit hike or a 5.4-mile (8.7 km) out-and-back hike to the summit can be made. The circuit hike makes use of the Ridge Trail which ascends the mountain 1.6 miles (2.6 km) to the first false summit. The trail then turns into a rock scramble, which can be strenuous for inexperienced hikers, for 1.1 miles (1.8 km) to the summit and intersection with the Saddle Trail which descends 1.9 miles (3.1 km) down the saddle of the ridge past Byrds Nest #1 shelter and Old Rag shelter to the junction with Weakley Hollow Fire Road. The Fire Road then descends 2.5 miles (4.0 km) to the Old Rag parking area.

The upper Old Rag parking area was closed to public vehicles in 2010. Parking is now limited to the lower field parking area, adding a 0.9-mile (1.4 km) walk on asphalt.

The summit can also be reached from Skyline Drive by following Old Rag Fire Road from the drive at milepost 43 to its eastern terminus with the Saddle Trail and then follow that trail to the summit.

ATTRACTIONS:

• Old Rag Mountain Summit

• A mile long of narrow passage ways.

• Famous Stone Stairs

• Jones and the temp of doom.

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DIFFICULTY: Moderate +
DISTANCES: 7-8
DURATION: 6 Hours

RECOMMENDED ITEMS TO BRING:
• 2x 1 Lite of bottle water
• Lunch
• Snacks & Fruits
• Sun Screen
• Bug Repellent

RECOMMENDED CLOTHES TO WEAR:
• Hat
• Sun Glasses
• Lightweight clothing
• Hiking Boots or Shoes
• Lightweight Back Pack
• Lightweight workout pants

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