Charlottesville’s fall colors are exceptionally vibrant this year. Kristy and I hiked up Old Rag (trail details) with another Darden couple two weekends ago and captured the following photos.
Old Rag is a 10 mile circuit hike located about 30 miles northwest of Charlottesville. We left for the hike at 9:30am and arrived just in time to grab the last parking space at the trail head. Apparently we weren’t the only people thinking this was a good weekend to enjoy the colors. It took us about three hours to hike the four miles leading up to the summit and another two hours to hike the six miles back to our car. The summit approach was fairly slow going as the last mile is a rock scramble and we frequently had to wait for other people at points where hand-over-hand climbing was required.
Our weather was perfect and the hike provided some much needed exercise. We all returned to Charlottesville physically tired and mentally refreshed.