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Mill Prong Horse Trail

Intermediate
 3.8 (5)

An old horse trail that descends from Rapidan Road to the historic cabins at Rapidan Camp.


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1.8

Miles

2.9

KM

Point to Point

3,428' 1,045 m

High

2,545' 776 m

Low

10' 3 m

Up

893' 272 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

20%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Heading to the Rapidan Camp will include enough excitement to make this route fly by!

Description

This horse trail is used to access the historic site of the three cabins still standing at Rapidan Camp. The trail descends with moderate roughness and a few creek crossings that are fairly easy to navigate. Start on this trail from Rapidan Road to the north or from the Mill Prong Trail to the west. Both options are just around a mile long.

After the Mill Prong Trail joins the trail to the left, look for a small cascade to the right of the trail as it flows down the face of a sloping rock. Use caution when crossing the stream as some of the rocks may be slippery.

Continue along for a half mile until you can see and hear Big Rock Falls off to the left of the trail. One final quarter-mile stretch and the trail ends at Camp Hoover Road.

Thanks to Larry W. Brown, for sharing this trail description. If you’re interested in learning more details about great hikes, weather, camping / lodging, wildlife, and scenic drives, check out the comprehensive Guide to Shenandoah National Park.

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Shared By:

Larry W Brown

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  3.8 from 5 votes

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Big Rock Falls near Rapidan Camp (Camp Hoover) along the Mill Prong Horse Trail. with permission from rootboy
May 5, 2016 near Stanley, VA

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May 23, 2022
David Fishman
1.8mi — 10h 09m
Jan 15, 2022
Haden Smith
Stretch to Rapidan Camp 1.6mi
Oct 2, 2021
Timothy Reamer
Aug 12, 2020
Tony Lindh
On our way to Rapidan Camp
Jan 13, 2020
Jesse Daniels
Jun 23, 2019
Matt Mortensen
Sep 22, 2018
Theresa Alexander
Apr 23, 2017
Donovan Fitzgerald
This trail drops you into the valley and places you in the middle of some great USA history. 1.8mi