Pets are not allowed on this hike. Featuring an adventurous rock scramble and a 360-degree view that makes you feel like you're on top of the world, there's no wonder why Old Rag is the most popular destination in Shenandoah National Park. While highly rewarding, hiking to the summit is also very physically demanding and can be dangerous if you have not planned properly, so be sure to check out our Old Rag planning guide before you lace up your boots!
Distance: 9.4-mile circuit hike
Difficulty: Very Strenuous (hiking difficulty scale)
Hiking Time: 7 hours 30 minutes
Elevation Gain: 2,348 feet
- From the Old Rag parking area at the Park boundary, take the blue-blazed Ridge Trail.
- Continue along the Ridge Trail, across the rock scramble and descend on the Saddle Trail (blue-blazed), which becomes a fire road after you pass Old Rag Shelter.
- At the T-intersection, go right and immediately right again at the fork onto Weakley Hollow Fire Road (yellow-blazed).
- Turn right onto the Ridge Access Trail and then left onto the Ridge Trail to return to your starting point.