Old Rag is reputed to be the most popular hike in Shenandoah National Park in large part because of this intense rock scramble, which also makes it one of the most strenuous hikes in the park. I visited Shenandoah back in 2017 and Old Rag was easily one of my favourite hikes.
The Shenandoah Valley stretches across 200 miles between the Blue Ridge Mountains in the east and the Appalachians in the west. The Shenandoah National Park encompasses around half of that stretch from Front Royal in the north to Rockfish Gap in the south. The Skyline Drive, the main road that winds through the park, offers sweeping views of rolling hills from the neighbouring mountain ranges in either direction.