Happy #ThrowbackThursday! I'm throwing back today's trail review to last summer when I hiked Spy Rock.
If you haven't been on the Virginia section of the Appalachian Trail in the summer, you're missing out. Sure, the air is muggy and you'll sweat profusely, but Virginia summers bring out nature's most vivid shades of blue and green. There are tons of great spots to hike in Virginia, and one of my new favorite day hikes is Spy Rock, which is just outside of Montebello, Virginia.
The Spy Rock trail is about 3.1 miles round trip and is essentially straight uphill. It's very close to another popular VA hike, Crabtree Falls. Most of the hike is through a wooded area that is shaded in the summer. The view from Spy Rock is one of the better views I've seen in Virginia, with 360-degree views of the Religious Range.
This hike is doable if you're slightly fit and is best done in hiking boots because of its steep inclines, which will prevent too much ankle strain. I hiked this trail in trail running shoes and my glute and calf muscles were VERY sore the next few days.
Check out some of my hike photos below! I went with a group of really awesome people and we brought lunches to enjoy at the top.
The bottom line? I would highly recommend this hike. It's a short time and distance commitment, but the views are well worth the steep inclines to the top. This hike is great to do at any time of year, but if you go within next week or so you'll get to see seas of green from every angle.