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Old-Rag-Mountain is a popular hiking destination, located in the Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It has a summit elevation of 3,291 feet. In contrast to most mountains of the Blue Ridge, Old Rag Mountain has an exposed, rocky summit. With many spectacular panoramic views, the summit of Old Rag is accessible via a system of trails in Shenandoah National Park. The shorter, most common way is from a parking area at the end of County Route 601 off Route 231 at the base of the mountain. A 7.1 miles circuit hike or a 5.4 miles out-and-back hike to the summit are available. The circuit hike makes use of the Ridge Trail which ascends the mountain 1.6 miles to the first false summit. The trail then turns into a rock scramble, which can be strenuous for inexperienced hikers. The summit can also be reached from Skyline Drive by following Old Rag Fire Road from the drive at Milepost 43 to its eastern terminus with the Saddle Trail and then follow that trail to the summit. Old Rag Mountain is also unique for rock climbers. Its large granite exposures offer rock climbers an experience similar to that provided by the granite rocks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite, North Carolina, and New Hampshire. It boasts splitter cracks, dihedrals, and crystal pinching slabs. The climbs are between 50 and 100 feet in length, and range in difficulty from beginner to expert (5.4- to 5.12+ on the Yosemite Decimal System). The closest town to Old Rag Mountain is Sperryville, Virginia in Madison County.

Surrounding areas: Sperryville, Virginia (8.7 mi), Luray, Virginia (10.8 mi), Shenandoah, Virginia (17.2 mi), Roaring Run, Virginia (17.4 mi), Flint Hill, Virginia (18.6 mi), Stanardsville, Virginia (18.9 mi), Elkton, Virginia (19.5 mi)

Old Rag Mountain Vacation Rentals




Old Rag Mountain Hotels and Resorts

 
Hotels & Motels
The Cardinal Inn1005 East Main StLuray, VA10.6 mi.(888) 648-4633
Days Inn138 Whispering HL RdLuray, VA11.1 mi.(540) 743-4521
Best Western In Town Of Luray410 W Main StLuray, VA11.5 mi.(540) 743-6511
Best Western - Culpeper Inn791 Madison RdCulpeper, VA17.2 mi.(540) 825-1253
Comfort Inn Culpeper890 Willis LnCulpeper, VA17.2 mi.(540) 825-4900
Super 8 Motel - Culpeper889 Willis LnCulpeper, VA17.3 mi.(540) 825-8088
Knights Inn13065 James Madison RdCulpeper, VA18.0 mi.(540) 829-6700
Quality Inn Shenandoah Valley162 W Old Cross RdNew Market, VA20.6 mi.(540) 740-3141
Holiday Inn Express750 Round HL DrOrange, VA23.9 mi.(540) 672-6691
Days Inn-orange Montpelier Wildnerness Battle332 Caroline StOrange, VA24.4 mi.(540) 672-4855
Holiday Inn Express1130 Motel DrWoodstock, VA24.8 mi.(540) 459-5000
Comfort Inn Shenandoah1011 Motel DrWoodstock, VA24.9 mi.(540) 459-7600
Best Western Charlottesville Airport Inn & Suites5920 Seminole TrlRuckersville, VA25.1 mi.(434) 985-1855
Pioneer Motel541 S Royal AveFront Royal, VA25.6 mi.(540) 635-4784
Skyline Resort Motel622 S Royal AveFront Royal, VA25.6 mi.(540) 635-5354
Super 8 Motel111 South StFront Royal, VA25.7 mi.(540) 636-4888
Quality Inn-front Royal10 Commerce AveFront Royal, VA26.2 mi.(540) 635-3161
Cool Harbor Motel141 West 15TH StFront Royal, VA27.3 mi.(540) 635-2191
Super 8 Motel250 Conicville BlvdMount Jackson, VA27.8 mi.(540) 477-2911
Johnson Motel9533 James Madison HwyWarrenton, VA28.3 mi.(540) 347-5194
Hampton Inn Front Royal9800 Winchester RdFront Royal, VA28.9 mi.(540) 635-1882
Ramada21 Signal Knob DrStrasburg, VA29.1 mi.(540) 465-2444
Best Western Crossroads Inn & Suites135 Wood Ridge TerGordonsville, VA29.4 mi.(540) 832-1700
Howard Johnson Inn6 Broadview AveWarrenton, VA29.7 mi.(540) 347-4141
Candlewood Suites Harrisonburg1560 Country Club RdHarrisonburg, VA29.8 mi.(757) 952-0115
Candlewood Suites1560 Country Club RdHarrisonburg, VA29.8 mi.(540) 437-1400
Comfort Inn Harrisonburg1440 E Market StHarrisonburg, VA29.9 mi.(540) 433-6066
Hampton Inn85 University BlvdHarrisonburg, VA29.9 mi.(540) 432-1111
Motel 610 Linda LnHarrisonburg, VA29.9 mi.(540) 433-6939
Holiday Inn Harrisonburg1400 E Market StHarrisonburg, VA30.0 mi.(540) 433-2521
Shoneys Inn45 Burgess RdHarrisonburg, VA30.0 mi.(540) 433-6089

Old Rag Mountain Weather & Climate

North Central Virginia's Piedmont Region has a humid, subtropical climate with four, distinct seasons. Heavy snows are common in the wintertime in the Piedmont region, while the rest of the state may receive only a fraction of snow. Cold air masses arriving from the Blue Ridge Mountains, especially during the winter, can lead to significant snowfall and ice storms from early November to mid-March. Thunderstorms are possible in all months of the year, but more common in the warm, humid days of summer. Although the temperature of Virginia varies according to location, it generally becomes increasingly warmer farther to the south. During the month of September, anywhere from 10 to 40 percent of Virginias rainfall comes from hurricanes and tropical storms.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 34°F 16°F 4.12 in. -
February 37°F 19°F 3.38 in. -
March 45°F 26°F 3.91 in. -
April 55°F 35°F 4.10 in. -
May 64°F 44°F 5.10 in. -
June 71°F 52°F 5.15 in. -
July 75°F 56°F 4.90 in. -
August 73°F 55°F 4.36 in. -
September 67°F 49°F 6.04 in. -
October 57°F 38°F 5.13 in. -
November 48°F 30°F 4.87 in. -
December 38°F 21°F 3.82 in. -

Old Rag Mountain Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Charlottesville Albemarle airport (CHO) located about 29 miles southwest of Old Rag Mountain in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley Regional airport (SHD) located approximately 37 miles southwest of Old Rag Mountain in Staunton / Waynesboro / Harrisonburg, Virginia, the Washington Dulles International airport (IAD) located roughly 53 miles northeast of Old Rag Mountain in Washington, District Of Columbia, Eastern Wv Regional Shepherd Field (MRB) located around 61 miles northeast of Old Rag Mountain in Martinsburg, West Virginia, and finally the Ronald Reagan Washington National airport (DCA) located about 71 miles east of Old Rag Mountain in Washington, District Of Columbia.

Old Rag Mountain Attractions

 
Amusement and Theme Parks
Paramount's Kings DominionDoswellVA66.4 mi.
Marshall Hall ParkBryans RoadMD66.7 mi.
JeepersRockvilleMD72.5 mi.
JeepersGreenbeltMD83.6 mi.
Six Flags AmericaUpper MarlboroMD86.3 mi.
Six Flags AmericaMitchellvilleMD88.5 mi.
 
Water Parks
Chesapeake Beach Water ParkChesapeake BeachMD96.5 mi.
 
Golf Courses
Luray Caverns Country Club & ResortLurayVA10.8 mi.
Brownings Golf CourseCulpeperVA18.4 mi.
Meadows Farms Golf CourseLocust GroveVA20.4 mi.
Somerset Golf ClubLocust GroveVA20.4 mi.
South Wales Golf ClubJeffersontonVA22.5 mi.
Jacksons Chase at Pine HillsFront RoyalVA25.6 mi.
Front Royal Country ClubFront RoyalVA28.9 mi.
 
Ski Areas
MassanuttenHarrisonburgVA30.8 mi.
Bryce ResortBasyeVA31.2 mi.
Wintergreen ResortWintergreenVA56.0 mi.
Wisp Ski AreaMchenryMD89.1 mi.
The HomesteadHot SpringsVA90.7 mi.
Whitetail Ski ResortMercersburgPA90.9 mi.
 
State Parks
Sky Meadows State ParkVA35.5 mi. 
Lost River State ParkWV39.7 mi. 
 
Museums
James Madison MuseumOrangeVA23.9 mi.(History)
Toaster Museum FoundationCharlottesvilleVA37.2 mi.(Technology)
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleVA37.2 mi.(Art)
United States National Slavery MuseumFredericksburgVA49.3 mi.(History)
Drop Zone Virtual MuseumFairfax StationVA56.0 mi.(History)
Loudoun MuseumLeesburgVA56.1 mi.(History)
 
Zoos and Aquariums
National Zoo Conservation & Research CenterFront RoyalVA26.1 mi.
National Zoological ParkWashingtonDC72.9 mi.
The Baltimore ZooBaltimoreMD104.8 mi.
National Aquarium in BaltimoreBaltimoreMD104.8 mi.


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