6 Old Rag Trail
Old Rag Trail is a beautiful and challenging all-day hike, but it is not accessible from Skyline Drive. This 9.2-mile hike is a favorite trail with hikers looking for a longer and more strenuous trail. It contains a two- to three-mile rock scramble that runs through narrow rock corridors, over huge boulders and natural stairs, and across uneven, rocky ground. But for those who are up for the challenge, the trail offers some outstanding scenery, from balanced rocks and unique stone formations to outstanding vistas. This hike typically takes around six hours to complete and is rated as strenuous by the park.
One of the main problems with this hike is the access point, which lies on the east side of Shenandoah National Park. It cannot be reached from Skyline drive. Visitors staying in the park will have to drive either north or south of the park and loop around to the east side, to Route 600, near Nethers. Be sure to start early in the day. Pets are not allowed.