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Fall Hike: Massanutten Mountain (Veach Gap)

Join us for a scenic fall 7.5 mile out and back hike up to the top of the Massanutten Ridge. We’ll begin our hike in Fort Valley and hike through Veach Gap in the George Washington National Forest. Before we begin our ascent up to the ridge we’ll cross a small stream and look out for anticline rock formations where strata of ancient rock were pushed to the surface and buckled to form the mountain. Along our way we’ll look for signs of the changing season and wildlife as we pass through hardwoods, a pine grove, and up through a recent burned area. Once at the top of the ridge we’ll enjoy views of the windy Shenandoah River with the mountains of Shenandoah Nat’l Park as a backdrop. After the hike we’ll stop at Happy Creek Coffee & Tea in Front Royal for some warm food and drink.

Difficulty: Moderate, with rocky terrain and steep climbs
Distance: ~ 7.5 miles total
Elevation: ~1050ft

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