Date(s) - October 22, 2016
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
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The Raven Rocks hike offers a good workout along the AT Roller Coaster ending at the incredible cliffside overlook (we may witness some rappelling here) where we will contemplate a comprehensive view of the many colors of fall.
We will make a fire at the overlook to enjoy some S’mores before our return trip.
The Twin Oaks Winery is just around the corner and will be an option for those who want to relax with a glass of wine (non-alcoholic options) available afterwards.
You may read the description of the hike below. We will take our time along the way.
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. 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.
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.
Cathy Norman lives on Blueridge Mountain Rd. near the Appalachian Trail and enjoys guiding hikes and interpreting the natural world in this beautiful region. She is a Hatha Yoga teacher, a mindfulness instructor an