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.
Eagle Rock and the route to its summit are on private property. Please stay on the trail.
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.