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Rapidan Road

Intermediate
 3.3 (3)

Primarily used as an alternate route to Camp Hoover, the former presidential retreat.


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10.3

Miles

16.6

KM

Point to Point

3,516' 1,072 m

High

1,347' 410 m

Low

246' 75 m

Up

2,173' 662 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

An easy hiking road which winds through heavily wooded areas on both sides of it.

The upper section of Rapidan Road is mainly used by park maintenance and also the parks shuttle tours of Camp Hoover (or Rapidan Camp), the former presidential retreat created by President Hoover. Access to the retreat is from Camp Hoover Road which is located just off Rapidan Road.

The lower section of Rapidan Road ends in Madison County (Criglersville) at VA Rt.649. It is open to public motor vehicle traffic and provides access to only a portion of the park, as well as the Rapidan State Wildlife Management Area, Rapidan Camps, Inc. (a private camp along the road), and a hiker/equestrian trailhead below the former Presidential Retreat.

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 snp.guide/.

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Larry W Brown

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A section of the Rapidan Road on a foggy Summer morning.
May 24, 2016 near Stanley, VA
Rime Ice along the Rapidan Road.
May 24, 2016 near Stanley, VA

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Jesse Daniels
3mi
Sep 13, 2019
Jen Croft
a few rock crossings, not super busy if you get there early morning. spurs up to bear Church are worth the hurt 10.3mi
Jun 28, 2019
Daniel Z
Jun 16, 2019
Nick Merolli
Jul 7, 2018
Kelsie Dabelstein
Aug 26, 2017
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