Old Rag is one of the most famous, challenging, and frequented trails in the park. It is one of the main reasons that visitors flock to hotels near Shenandoah National Park. There are several hiking trails up the mountain. The most popular is the Ridge Trail, which includes a scramble to the summit. Consider the Saddle Trail, through wildflower-strewn foothills inhabited by silent deer. The trail is around ten miles in length.
Hike to South River Observation Point from South River Picnic Grounds. The trail intersects with the Appalachian Trail and takes about an hour and a half to complete. The circuit hike is three miles long but ascends 910 feet and takes almost three hours. On the way to the falls you'll cross streams and the Appalachian Trail.
Winding through the park's Skyland area, the hour-long circuit hike to this Appalachian Trail post has been trampled by visitors to the region since the 1800s. Named for its sublime views, Skyland also offers a number of equestrian trails, which you can access from the Stony Man parking lot.