South River Falls Trail

MODERATE 44 reviews
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South River Falls Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stanardsville, VA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from March until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.4 miles 1200 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

forest

river

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

Directions from Front Royal, VA: Skyline Drive travels the entire length of Shenandoah National Park. Mile markers are placed along the right-hand side of the road heading south. They are numbered from north to south beginning at the northern terminus in Front Royal, Virginia. Facilities, trails and park features use the mile markers as points of reference. Park in the South River Picnic Area where the trail begins near the third parking area. The milepost is 62.8.


8 days ago

hiking

It was tough for me in some spots. The trail is well kept. The pool was nice and cold and provided a nice break for my feet. Not bad for my first hike.


14 days ago


25 days ago

hiking

Really fun and easy hike down to a beautiful waterfall. Moderate uphill hike back to your car.


1 month ago

hiking

Great trail that takes you right to.the base of the 3rd largest waterfall in SNP. Also on overlook platform further away. Saw a rattlesnake sunbathing on the rocks by the platform. Will do this one again for sure!


1 month ago

Great trail that is well taken care of.


1 month ago

hiking

Great trail. Definitely moderate.
We took the foretold back - made it longer. Uphill all the way back! Waterfall was beautiful and everyone swam as well! Great on a hot day Recommend this hike!


2 months ago

hiking


4 months ago

hiking

I enjoyed this one. Did the fire road return due to time constraints, which made it considerably easier. Falls were lovely!


4 months ago


6 months ago

Great day hike even for the moderately in shape non hiker. Going in is a pretty easy downhill stroll. Take the time and hike all the way to the bottom of the falls, it's worth it! The hike out is pretty tough if
You're not in decent shape.


7 months ago

hiking

This loop has two distinct flavors – my wife and I started with the downhill along the streams all the way then to the base of the fall. It was absolutely majestic with the views and sound of the stream for most of the way. The trail was well marked with signs. We took the return trip on the fire road, which was the steady incline all the way back to the South River Picnic area parking lot. I believe the fire road return trip was better for us – we can’t imagine walking back up the rocky, steeper trail along the stream. We finished the trip in less than 4 hours. We can’t wait to come back with grandkids in the summer – I presume it will be quite crowded. We only ran into 2 groups today.


7 months ago


8 months ago

The trail along the river and falls is beautiful. It's pretty wet and muddy and there are a few stream crossings. The trip on the way back is mostly up a fire road so it's not as picturesque.


10 months ago

hiking

Would love to hike this one in winter when there is more water and leaves are off the trees. Nice hike down to falls overlook. Hiked to the base of the falls adding about another mile. Total distance was 5.2 miles on the loop coming up the fire road. Trip back up up is long but a good workout.


11 months ago

Great hike. You get to hear water much of the way as you're following a trickling river. The waterfall was far away, but still fun to see. I'd go again.


1 year ago

Nice trails, not too hard. Was my first time hiking there and my friend's first time hiking ever. Really enjoyed it and the waterfall is beautiful.


1 year ago

hiking

Easy and fun trail


1 year ago

hiking

It's an easy hike downhill. Uphill can be a battle if that is a second hike of the day. Also, follow the signs to reach the main Waterfall, else you might get disappointed.


1 year ago

hiking

We might give it a 3.5. The hike down is very easy- dirt trail with several switchbacks- that will haunt your return. There was some good scenery on the way. The waterfall is pretty cool due in part to its size. We visited several others in the area that were a better payoff for the hike required to get there, hence our rating. Additionally, we weren't up for the 1.4 mile additional hike to the base of the falls. We had lunch here and it was a great time. Didn't see many people on the trail.
Be ready for a long climb up to your car.


1 year ago

hiking

Just a note, the "rattlesnakes" noted in the photos are the less dangerous, less reclusive copperhead snakes. Venomous, yes, but not as worrisome.