Great North Mountain is located on the border between Virginia and West Virginia. In the northernmost section of Great North Mountain is Eagle Rock, which is about one mile north of Dry Gap. Although there are no views from the summit of Eagle Rock, the trail passes by an overlook with spectacular views of the nearby mountain ranges. It's well worth the short and easy hike.
From Front Royal, go west on I-66 until reaching its end at I-81. Go south on I-81 to Exit 296, where you take Route 55 west. Continue until reaching Capon Springs Grade, which is also SR-609, and turn right here. Follow Capon Springs Grade for about a mile until the green sign denoting the county and state border. Park in a small lot on the left.
RouteCross the road and start hiking on the blue-blazed Tuscarora Trail. At a fork in the trail, bear right. Continue for a total of 0.9 miles until reaching the overlook. Views to the left include Little North Mountain, and beyond that, Massanutten Mountain, and beyond that, the Blue Ridge Mountains. Directly in front of you is Johnnies Knob. Looking further towards the right,you see some of the other peaks on Great North Mountain, including Mill Mountain, Sugar Knob, and Point 2810. Furthest to the right are ridges in West Virginia.
After taking in the views, continue for another 0.2 miles or so to the summit.
Round trip: 2.2 miles with an elevation gain of 500 feet.
Eagle Rock and the route to its summit are on private property. Please stay on the trail.
When to Climb
Eagle Rock can be climbed nearly all year round. The hike can be particularly delightful from mid-October through mid-November because of the autumn colors. July and August are the worst months for heat, humidity, haze that limits views, and hostile little critters like ticks, yellowjackets, and mosquitoes.
Camping is not permitted on Eagle Rock and the route to its summit.