We started at Hawksbill parking and went down first -step but do able if you have no extra weight or lower leg issues and have the correct shoes and perhaps walking sticks for making your decent flow better . We crossed the river several times then climbing back up to hawksbill . The up was easy if your used to climbing without stopping.We did over 8 miles in about 4 hours plus a little change.
Did this in 2014 and loved it. You are not supposed to feed the deer, but they will come up to you within 6 or 8 feet begging. Somebody must be feeding them. Don't do it because human food is very unhealthy for them. For us too but I won't go there.
Great hiking experience for kids. Short trail to fantastic rock scrambling and fantastic views. My 5 year old explored for two hours and wanted to stay longer. 3 year old had a blast too, but had to be watched closely as there are some spots where little ones can get into trouble. Overall highly recommend and we will definitely return!
Short and easy hike to a spectacular rock summit with an amazing view. The trailhead is at MP 84.8 on the Skyline Drive. The nearest restroom is at the Dundo Picnic Grounds, MP 83.7. Blue blazes mark the trail. We were warned that rattlesnakes occasionally sun themselves on the rocks at the summit. We didn't see any snakes, but we did encounter a black bear who was using the trail.
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.