Family Hike: Humpback Rocks, VA

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Distance: 2 miles round trip
Elevation gain: 1,240 feet
Date: August 1, 2015
Bathrooms: Bathrooms with running water are available at the visitor’s center

During a recent trip to Charlottesville we decided we would check out some of the Virginia section of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and try out a new to us hike. The ranger at the visitor’s center recommended the views from Humpback Rocks, so we figured we’d go for it. This short, but strenuous hike was doable for my 4 and 7 year olds with just a few piggy back rides. The view at the top was very much worth the huffing and puffing to get there. It was crowded, but there was plenty of rock to share. My four year old loved seeing the birds soar just above our heads. You can make this a longer loop by hiking a part of the Appalachian Trail, but the two mile out and back was definitely plenty for our kids.

The farm buildings at the Humpback Rocks visitor’s center were worth exploring. They were well preserved, and the rangers were super nice, and even gave us a patty pan squash from the demonstration garden. My son loved playing checkers on the porch of the old farmhouse.

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