Vehicle Fuel Available at Big Meadows ONLY!
Vehicle fuel is only available at Big Meadows (mile 52). Gas service has been discontinued at the Loft and Elkwallow areas.
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Find Out More About Old Rag
Want to know more about Old Rag? There are numerous organizations and publications devoted to this exceptional resource in Shenandoah National Park:
Old Rag Mountain Stewards is a volunteer group whose members patrol the Old Rag area helping hikers understand how to protect themselves and the resource. Visit their website.
Websites and Blogs - You can learn a lot about Old Rag by reading the comments of other hikers. A search on "Old Rag Mountain" will give you lots of places to look. There are hundreds of comments about his and other great hikes on the "Hiking Upward" website.
Podcast - We've created a podcast that covers many important issues about hiking Old Rag. View it here.
Publications - Get hiking guidebooks and other publications about Old Rag here.
Map - Download a map of the Old Rag hike with directions to the parking area here.
What the bloggers are saying:
Here are a few of the comments from people who have recently hiked Old Rag:
"Keep in mind this is backcountry. If someone slips and becomes non-ambulatory (injuries happen here even in the summer) you are looking at MANY! hours until first responders arrive. Your group should be prepared to self-rescue or keep a non-ambulatory victim warm for 6 to 12 hours even during clear weather."
"The scrambling was GREAT! Definitely not your garden variety Virginia hike. It gave this one lots of personality and some interesting twists. It was beautiful and fun."
"This is the best hike in the Washington DC area."
"This was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen! I have never really been hiking before so this was a first for me...I would definitely go again.!!"
"Absolutely awesome -- I loved every step of this beautiful hike. I'm going back very soon with my second son and younger daughter. I'm making this a family tradition to hike Old Rag each year before school starts."
"For a fairly in-shape woman, this was very difficult and I wouldn't do it again. Beware."
"Bring: sunscreen, bug spray, 2 liters of water per person (minimum), good hiking boots/shoes (some boulders can be slippery), and a camera."
"Each time I go I manage to run across people who did not bring enough water as well. I would take at least 2 liters per person to be on the safe side."
"It was inspiring and definitely one of the toughest things I ever attempted and I am proud to say, completed."
Did You Know?
In addition to the eastern brook trout, 35 other fish species live within Shenandoah National Park’s streams. More...