First off this trail is actually 9.8 miles. Whomever added this must not have recorded the whole loop. That said, it is a great day hike. We started off counter clockwise to Calvary Rock. The almost 60-foot scramble to the top is well worth the 360 degree views, then on to Chimney Rock and the downhill trek to a small waterfall and a swimming hole. The water was a tad bit cold .. but nice to soak the feet in for a few minutes. If you are brave, as my companion was, you can even take a plunge into the waters (I have video - it's hilarious - LOL!) The climb back up is definitely challenging. Definitely recommend!
Small trail, 2.1 miles. Great for new hikers, kids and pets. 2 small lakes, trails are well marked but have lots of crossroads, could easily lose your way if your not following the map on the app.
Lots of squirrels and small animals, small amount of human foot traffic on trail in October. No fee to get into the park this late in the season but there was a station that looked like they charge during the summer.
One of my favorites. A moderate hike with swimming holes and natural rock water slides to keep you cool on hot days. My dog loved the water pit stops along the way. We were lucky to see a mother bear and cubs pass the trail in front of us. Trail was decently crowded but only near the water. Makes me think some people hike in just for the swim then back down, rather than completing the full loop. Highly recommend the loop! Beautiful vegetation and some pretty views. Not the best views on Shenandoah, but worthwhile.
Great trail! We extended this a bit, which I wouldn't recommend, as you need to come down the road a little bit. Cross over at the fire road as directed. We started at the bottom of the mountain and worked our way up, which is better, because you're getting the hard part out first.
Dog friendly, but saw bears, so be careful of that. The terrain also gets pretty close to big drop offs, so make sure you watch your dog.
great trail. my husband and i did the 7+ mile loop with our 2 dogs. it was a lot of climbing/descending but a great workout. several places to stop and eat lunch or dip in the water. the side of the loop with multiple waterfalls wasnt crowded, but definitely lots of people. the other side there were very few. would definitely do this trail again except that it cost us $30... $10 entrance fee per person, plus $10 door parking if you don't get there early enough to get one of the free spaces. there's definitely plenty of trails that are just as good and free!
The Riprap loop is a great trail. With only ~2000 ft of elevation change over nearly 10 miles it is very approachable and you can really push the pace if you desire. It also includes a ton of diverse scenery: Rocky outcropping, small caves, scenic ridge lines, river crossings, and waterfalls.
I was able to do the loop in 3:11 with a 40# pack, but I only stopped once for a trail lunch (about 10 minutes). Figure 4-8 hours depending on pace and how much stopping to enjoy the wonderful scenery.