Wild Virginia - Rich Hole Hike

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Rich Hole Wilderness is a designated wilderness area in the James River Ranger District of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. Rich Hole Wilderness is located 16 miles west of Lexington, just off of Interstate 64. 1 hr 22 mins from Charlottesville (leaving Charlottesville at 7:30am).

The Rich Hole Trail is a six mile point to point hike. Three hours at a steady pace or maybe five hours of moseying. We will begin at the upper parking area and climb up to an rock outcrop before climbing into a National Park Service National Natural Area. This one thousand acre tract of old growth forest was severely impacted by the Easter Complex fires in 2011. After a climb of nearly two thousand feet in 1.5 miles, the Rich Hole Trail descends to a saddle and then into the Simpson Creek drainage. This begins a gradual descent for over four miles to the lower parking area. The trail will cross Simpson Creek fifteen times in the descent.

This is a point to point hike so we will need to have cars stationed at both ends.

If folks are interested, there is a bit of work we would like to do with a severe runoff issue near the end of the hike. The work will entail moving some stone to divert water. This can be a group decision at the time of the hike.

For the $5 Suggested Donation Wild Virginia Offers:

Outings for beginners and more advanced hikers,
Guides certified in Wilderness First Aid for your safety,
Opportunities to learn about Virginia's special places and how you can protect them.

  • Charlottesville
  • Charlottesville, VA 22903

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