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You will not find better views off the AT. The most underrated hike out there. Love love love.

One of my favorite places along the AT.

Well worth the extra hike to the bottom of the falls

Nice hike. Not as hard as I thought, it's a pretty gentle slope. Great views from the top!

on Rose River Trail

hiking
3 days ago

Go clockwise. Great trail.

hiking
4 days ago

Hiked clockwise from Fisher’s Gap Overlook parking. Dense forest but not too much understory to impede forest views. Initially the surface was good gravel with few obstructions and a comfortable downhill. At 1.1 miles the trail becomes rockier, more narrow and a little steeper downhill. And some not-too-challenging roots. With denser understory. And the sounds of the creek. About 50 yards further down the trail joins the noisy creek in a very picturesque ravine. Dappled sunlight filtering down on the understory. At 1.4 miles the creek becomes a “river”. Soon, at the upper falls Overlook we scramble down large boulders about 20 or 30 feet to get a good base view. Good placement of rock steps around falls. At 1.9 miles we re-join the creek after separating for a bit. Then quickly the creek we head south southeast and the trail turns west southwest. Starting a gradual easy rise. As we proceed slowly uphill Hogcamp creek appears on our left below us and heading counter to our hike. We come up on the weathered concrete compressor foundation from the old abandoned copper mine. Creek Crossing on large stones. Then we come to a foot bridge about 50 feet long, arched. With hog camp branch Creek on our right we enjoy numerous lovely small cascades as we hike up. After the bridge the trail becomes rockier, a bit of a scramble. But the lovely small and noisy heavy running cascades continue, seemingly without end. On and on, the cascades continue getting progressively smaller but no less noisy. We arrive at the fire road bridge across the creek. At this point we chose to add Dark Hollow Falls, a 1/2 mile total, steep, but well-groomed climb. This is where the large crowds are, having hiked the short trail down from Dark Hollow Falls parking. Hiking up the last run to the falls we encounter more crowds. Dark Hollow Falls were active, an unusually wet summer. start Back down to the fire road bridge and an easy uphill hike out on the fully gravel, nicely graded fire road completes a memorable hike. For us, better than the Two sets of falls were the numerous, lovely and heavily flowing and noisy, smaller cascades of Hog Camp Creek.

Coming from south there is a very similar trailhead and parking lot. Make sure you start at the “summit” parking lot else you can walk a couple of miles on the east side and the same distance or more to the west — none of which have a view or cross the AT!

hiking
6 days ago

After many weeks of good solid rain storms the river and falls were spectacular. Hiked down on to the falls and looked back to the fire road. Strenuous up and down but next to the river, so lots of opportunities to stop and let our dog cook off in the pools under each waterfall. Moderate traffic, fire road is easy level terrain. In 2 days we saw3 bears, and heard we missed 11 others within minutes. All were Momas with cubs, so stay alert.

A really great hike. We went after a rain storm, and the waterfall was flowing heavy. We were fortunate to have the place to ourselves for a good half hour, it’s very serene as you’re sort of in your own cove beneath the falls. Would definitely do this hike again.

REI picks this trail as one of ‘thee’ best hikes in SNP, and I agree! Experienced torrential down pour for most of the hike, even without that I would recommend a hiking waterproof sandal that is durable with great traction... lots of wet rocks and with parts of the river overflowing you cross ‘rapid’ like waters. Wanted to challenge myself so went down Jones Run and up Doyles River... it is a steep incline!! Trail clearly warns of black bears. Don’t forget your bear bell... I didn’t see any but I hope it’s cause they heard me coming!

Amazing view from the top. Me and my 3 year old did it easily in just under an hour. Don’t climb the rocks, the official guide book states this will kill hundreds of
Years of lichen on the rocks with just one footstep! Highly recommend.

on Rose River Trail

hiking
8 days ago

I love this hike. Its a bit of a walk, but you hike right next to rose river and the scenery is just beautiful. Recommend sometime in spring or fall.

Super easy hike and easy for anyone just beginning

Hiked the 1 mile closest to Sherando Lake Rec Area, USFS Campground early August. Fairly level. Sharp, small rocks for about half the hike made it a near ankle-twister. Narrow, single-file. Well-forested with a few ridge-top boulders. Views were mostly obscured by trees & mainly of the wooded, parallel ridges. Evidence of recent bear activity with numerous downed berry bush-trees. 2800-2900’.

Beautiful view and very easy hiking

Nice hike. Cool streams along most of it. Beautiful waterfall at the end.

easy short hike. Spectacular views from the summit. Lots of hawks riding the thermals.

hiking
12 days ago

Amazing trail, almost everywhere you look a postcard photo along the rivers and waterfalls

You *will* wade through water, you *will* climb up and down steep surfaces, and you *will* walk over all rocks at some point. Hard to advise on footwear cause I’d want a high hiking boot for ankle security but chacos/keens/watershoes for wading.

Trail is not well marked but look for trees w/ orange paint, that helped us. Those who complain about overgrown vegetation on trails have high expectations for weekly hedge trimming at a U.S. forest... Do be mindful of trails that aren’t a the primary trail! Even if you have to wade, better to stick to the better path. One path does have a rope to aid you since the trail has washed out but there is another trail option. Small kids (ages 6-8) made it all the way to the waterfall, so it’s doable if you choose the right path!

Definitely do not advise this trail when it’s cold out - the water is very cold!

Great hike. not sure I agree with distance. think it is closer to 8.5. this has to be one of my favorite hikes ever. they say there are only three waterfalls but you follow the river for more then half the hike and see countless small waterfalls. took family of 6 with kids 10 to 17 and they had no issues. we are in shape and need to old the youngest hands in a couple of spots. we choose to take shoes off on couple of river crossings as rocks looked more difficult. would definitely recommend.

I love this trail! It's not challenging, but it's perfect for a leisurely hike if your company is not in the best physical shape, or if you're going to be wearing a 3-year-old in a pack for several miles! The scenery changes but is beautiful the entire time.

This is a good introductory trail to SNP. It’s pretty short but heavy on the elevation change, with really nice views at the end. You’ll never find yourself alone at the top on a nice day, but there are some small, quiet outcroppings below the peak that are nice for lunch. However, I do love seeing people getting out and enjoying our national parks!

hiking
16 days ago

The views from the top are really nice. An easy trail as well. I wasn't a fan of the trail leading up though. There were a lot of gravel sections, which aren't a favorite to hike on. A few falls from loose rocks on the way down.

Gorgeous 360 views at the top of the summit. I did climb up the rocks to get to the very top

Fantastic hike! got the recommendation from the fine folks at DeMello Vineyards (a must visit when you are there). Spectacular views of the waterfalls and wildlife. Saw a bear, a doe and her fawn, and lush scenery!

hiking
17 days ago

Really enjoyed this trail. Sorry couldn’t get my app to work. 2.9 miles to bottom on horse (yellow) and blue blazes. Came back 1.1 miles on Fire road. Water features were beautiful. Would have liked to go in. Some areas not well marked.

Short and easy. Climb on and To the top of the talus boulder field for summit views. My kids (10 and 13) did it to get out of the car and stretch out legs on our way deeper into Shenandoah and they loved it.

hiking
20 days ago

The trail is more gradual than the lower hawksbill and a really enjoyable hike. Walk through the woods was awesome and so peaceful, then getting to the summit was amazing. I'm not in great shape so it took me an hour to get to the summit and 40 minuets to come back down.

Visited on a beautiful summer Saturday and not a single other person was on the trail the entire time. Starts narrow with little rocks and then widens and mellows. Beautiful stream parallels the trail about halfway down. Just past the little bridge at the end to the left was a little double two foot falls into a little pool, maybe 18 inches deep. We lounged on the rocks and dipped into the pool. Cold water. Fun hike! No waterfalls or springs as marked.

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