Rose River Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Syria, VA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
loved this trail. hiked with our boys ages 8 and 10. recommend making the left on the horse trail after crossing Skyline Drive so you can walk uphill along the river (better views).
Beautiful hike, always something new, lots of water. Weather just cooling, Shenandoah is spectacular
This was a fun trail. We stopped on a flat rock near water to have a short picnic about 1/4 of the way through, and then again for a snack next to a river later on, so there were definitely a few nice areas to sit and relax. We also climbed down to a small pool of calm water that looked like it would have been great for swimming. Lots of diversity on the trail. The views along the way were great, but the "main view" wasn't as amazing as I'd assumed it would be. However, that was made up for by the views along the way, making it still worth it and worth the 5 stars.
Climbing down the falls made this well worth the hike. It is beautiful and not very crowded
Several cascades and waterfall. Places to swim/wade. Leads straight to dark hollows falls. Beautiful scenery. Moderately challenging
very good, moderate hike. easy finish. very very crowded
What a beautiful trail!! We went clockwise, coming out on the fire road, which is what I would recommend. There are several side trails leading to beautiful views of small cascading falls. Be careful, some side trails are very steep and treacherous. Met lots of nice people on the trail. We seen a bear on the fire road. This is a trail that we will visit again!
Nice walk. Section between the falls has a lot of pretty mini falls.
Nice trail that follows water most of the way. Lots of cascades and small falls but nothing that is going to blow you away.
Pretty easy trail to hike. Nice stroll along the waters edge for most of the trail. No real wow factor. Would still do it again with a group, simply because of the ease factor.
Fantastic trail! We hiked this trail on January 1 and even in the middle of winter it was full of beautiful views throughout. There are lots of great spots to stop and explore along the loop. You can seek out areas where two rivers converge and the volume of rushing water/rapids are really impressive. There are also several additional "waterfalls" and small "caves" you can climb up to if there has been sufficient rain (you have to cross the river to do so). The Cave Family Cemetary on the fire road is a neat stop near the end of the loop. Great hike!
Beautiful waterfall, and lots of creek crossings along the way.
Beautiful hike along the river. The waterfall was gorgeous, we went swimming in one of the pools. It was large enough to actually swim from one side to the other, and the water was refreshingly freezing. We saw 5 black bears along the way, a momma with two cubs and two solitary yearlings. Definitely keep your eyes peeled to avoid close encounters. We came in along the fire road, and stopped at Dark Hollow Falls on the way in. It's only a small detour, and we did it early enough that we got to enjoy Dark Hollow before the crowds showed up.
Loved the peacefulness of this hike. You may run into bear so good to talk loud to let them know your coming do not go surprise them