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Spy Rock

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Location

Spy Rock is located in Virginia

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Coordinates

37.8249 N
79.1173 W

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  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
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  • Phone Service
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5 Reviews

Emily T.
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2021

Not easy but well worth it

I camped here 3 times, the hike up is brutal but the top is absolutely worth it. This most recent time camping we discovered that apparently TECHNICALLY camping isn’t allowed anymore, but the fire pit and tent areas still seem in use and I really doubt someone would hike up there to tell you to leave. The trailhead is tricky to find if you don’t already know where it is, and there’s no service until you get up to the top. It’s literally just the top of a mountain, nothing but what you carry up with you.

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Jason L.
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2020

Amazing!

This place is amazing for primitive camping. Good trails to hike and overland

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Jon C.
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2019

tent in the clouds

Slept at this camping spot passing through on the AT. Site just below the summit. Plenty of soft and level ground to set up your tent. Wish I was able to see the view at sunrise but it was cloudy all morning.

  • Review photo of Spy Rock by Jon C., September 16, 2019
Sam M.
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2018

fun times in the cold

So I wouldn't even necessarily call this place a campground, more like a spot to camp. Spy Rock is this awesome hike about an hour away from Charlottesville, Va. It is a great hike with a small rock scramble at the top for an extra bit of fun. Not only that, but the top has almost 360 degree views of the Shenandoah Valley.

Basically, at the top before you do the rock scramble, there is a little clearing meant for camping. Sure you have to cart all of your crap to the top with you, but TOTALLY worth it once you catch that sunrise from the top of the mountain. Plus the clearing is an awesome spot to camp. Flat, open, space for a fire. What more could you ask for?

This is one of my favorite hikes in the Shenandoah Valley.

Also, as long as you're close, might as well hit up Charlottesville. I went to college at the university of virginia, so I know the area well. There is no better city than cville. Amazing food, concerts, great hiking, sports, history, and beautiful scenery. If you're looking for something to do in the area, go visit Monticello (TJ's house), go to a winery, see UVA's campus and take a historical tour. There are so many options. Not to mention the Sky Line Drive which is only a short drive away.

Do this hike, stay on the mountain, and go visit cville. I promise you won't regret it.

  • Review photo of Spy Rock by Sam M., October 19, 2018
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Rob U.
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2018

Beautiful Hike and Amazing Views

The views from atop Spy Rock are some of the best in Virginia, and the campsite is one of my favorites. You hike in and there is a decent sized area to set up tents. There are few amenities, but a few fire pits, etc. I've heard it can get pretty crowded, but it was not when I was there in October of 2015. Scramble up to the top for amazing sunsets and sunrises.

A little research ahead of time can help, as well. You can hike from Crabtree Falls, which is longer, but alternatively, you can park at the Fish Hatchery in Montebello and make a much shorter hike to Spy Rock, a quick (though admittedly steep) 1.5 miles. There seems to be an occasional debate about whether the trail that connects the fish hatchery road to the Spy Rock trail is open, as it passes through private property, but last I check it WAS.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the elevation of Spy Rock?

Spy Rock is located at 3690 feet.

Are fires allowed at Spy Rock?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Spy Rock, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Spy Rock have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Spy Rock does not have wifi.