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3 days ago

This trail is part of several loops all of which are well-maintained and with a good mix of flat, hills and a beautiful walk along the Shenandoah River. When my boys and I were there (2/20/17) there were virtually no other hikers so we had the place to ourselves.

The Overlook Trail is actually shorter than shown in the description above - it's about .6 miles and goes from the very nicely done Visitor Center to the Overlook Parking Lot. It hooks up to the Campground trail which is a moderate descent on good paths to the campground area (which is great for trailers, RVs and people wanting to stay in a few quaint cabins).

From the campground, work your way down to the river (there's a road and a couple of short trails) and use the stairs to get you right to the riverbank. We didn't know there were stairs there and went down a relatively steep short path that has been used by a lot of people. The stairs are about 100 feet from there - they're useful. :)

Heading back to the Visitor Center we took the Bluebell trail which is flat as a board and follows the river. It's a very easy walk and the river looks just beautiful. The entire path is shaded.

We ended up taking the Hemlock Valley trail back up to the visitor center where our car was parked and it was a fairly steep incline but not particularly difficult.

If you're not particularly in shape or have ambulatory issues but still want to walk in this beautiful scenery, park in the lower lot (past the Visitor Center) and take the Bluebell trail to the campground. It'll be a nice flat walk of about 1.2 miles in one direction.

I have to say that the Visitor Center here was surprisingly nice. There's an excellent display of animals found in the area and some interactive displays where you can pick up binoculars and look out over the Shenandoah River valley. The Rangers that were there were very friendly, knowledgeable and seemed to enjoy what they were doing.

I'd definitely recommend this set of trails for a short day-hike.

5 days ago

Nice short hike, very dog friendly. Easy to moderate. Wasn't too busy on this warm holiday weekend. We recommend that you go both east and west at T. When you go east, be sure to walk past the overlook rock to the bottom of the rocks and look back up. Otherwise you don't appreciate the Rock formation you were standing on.

Nice trail, good rock climbing here and there.

Great winter hike. Good views and elevation changes not bad except where you zig zag back up the AT heading south to complete the short loop.

This trail exceeded my expectations. The terrain was rocky and interesting throughout the climb, and the columnar jointing below one of the two viewpoints was especially impressive. You really don't get a sense of the scale of this rare geological feature until you're standing right below it (photos don't do it justice). This is a great trail if you're looking for something easily accessible from the North Entrance of SNP (just 10.4 miles in).

1 month ago

Couldn't get up to the trail because the road was closed.
The route was not into the state park but a backroad through people's driveways. No trespassing signs posted and gated roads.

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2 months ago

great trail. very steep steps and intense hike at times but safe trail. I went out and back on the waterfall side which has places to sit and watch the waterfalls.

We started on the Piney Branch trail and decided to take this loop instead. The best part was walking a little bit of the Appalachian Trail. Very easy walk. Made the whole loop in about two hours.