Virginia Hikes: Humpback Rocks

Last weekend, Brian and I were lucky enough to catch the last of the fall foliage in the mountains before everything turns - well - brown and grey, for what will seem like an eternity. We wanted to do a quick hike that wasn't too far from Richmond, so we drove up I-64 West to Humpback Rocks. It's right off the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is ranked as one of the most beautiful drives in the country.

Although the hike to the Rocks was only 1 mile, it was extremely tough! We both exercise frequently and were truly huffing and puffing throughout most of the way to the top. Afterwards, I expected to be sore in my legs, but ended up being sore on my torso and sides...

So for this hike, you definitely use muscles you wouldn't expect!

The views at the Rocks are spectacular looking west onto the Shenandoah Valley and north to Shenandoah National Park. Once you reach the rocks, you can continue on 2 more miles to a picnic area. This was bizarre to us because we simply couldn't fathom going much further at that steep incline. Call us pansies, but we, like most people, just picnicked/took a breather at the Rocks.

We just ordered Hiking Virginia through and are excited for spring to be here so we can continue exploring the Commonwealth - from such great heights. 

Enjoy the pictures!


  1. Count Pete and I in for hikes in the Spring! I wish we would've gone this fall, but as you said, it's all brown and not as colorful now. Your pictures are great, too!