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10 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike, one of my favorites because it has an amazing view for me and beautiful waterfalls for my sister. The first half, I thought I was going to die from all the stairs but higher up is less steep. Thanks to all the recent rain and the general humidity around the falls, there were some pretty muddy spots but all were passable. There were a few trees I had to duck around but they weren't bad, I'm assuming they'll be taken care of when the shutdown ends.The bathrooms were closed but everything else is as usual. The fee ($3) is collected in an envelope that the individuals take care of so that is still. It took a little over 2 hours to hike including sitting and enjoying the view for about 10 minutes. Definitely recommend.

hiking
10 days ago

Quite muddy today. Still a few trees down on the trail.

hiking
12 days ago

Long this trail went by myself took me 132 minutes from start to finish with quick pictures! Highly recommended!

Great views. Took 7yr old daughter & pup on this trail in the rain. We loved it. Good mixture of terrain for kids to experience.

hiking
16 days ago

Great, fairly easy hike, and the waterfall provides stunning views. Hiked this on 1/1/19, and there are still trees across the trail, according to the locals, caused by a extremely strong windstorm (the trees on the mountain literally snapped in half, and that went on for miles). The roads to the parking lot are clear (coming from Nellysford). Also, due to the government shutdown, the bathrooms at the base are closed, so make sure you go before getting to the parking lot. The $3 parking fee still applies.

Short hike, and easy for beginners. Fantastic view at the top!

the South Valley Trail part very nice.
private the whole way

hiking
1 month ago

So it is a beautiful place even though it is December. It however is really poorly marked. There are a lot of marks for the yellow trail though and those areas seemed to be the best taken care of. I am not sure how well this trail is maintained in the summer as it seemed like it was pretty overgrown in some areas the further you get on the trail. Overall though my youngest loved it and we all enjoyed our day. Do make sure you have the app with you and a map though, otherwise you could find yourself out here for a very long time.

amazing hike. very steep


worth the climb.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice trail. Not too difficult. Plenty of options to go different ways so you don’t have to do all 10+ miles if you don’t have a time or inclination.

This trail is beautiful, but it needs some TLC. There are lots of downed trees on the path and on the road that leads to the park. I love the bench at the top. Nothing like "sitting on top of the world with your legs hanging free."

Great walk. Enjoyed the bonsai garden. Free parking!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail. Lots of stairs in the beginning but after the stairs it’s not too bad. We’re not in the best shape but we’re able to handle it just fine but it was tough. Saw a variety of people (kids, elders, runners) so it’s really not that hard of a trail.

Views at the top were very nice as were views of the falls on the way up. We went on a day it was a little rainy and it was a little slippery (wet rocks and wet leaves) but very doable even if the weather isn’t ideal.

It’s an out and back and my Fitbit clocked in just over 4 miles for the whole thing so I don’t think the distance is accurate on here.

Bring $3 for parking and ladies bring toilet paper if you plan on using the restrooms at the parking lot.

Great hike - beautiful views! Does take some effort to get to the top but the views are a worthy reward! BE AWARE - we just hiked this 11/11 and the upper third of the trail is covered in ice and is veryyy slippery and quite dangerous!

Great early November hike. We missed the fall colors. Was pretty icy on some spots. I was surprised to see the number of small children and infants on this hike. Would not recommend small children on this hike. Also, their is some climbing, wear the appropriate shoes and not tennis shoes.

There had been lots of rain and the falls were fantastic. Glad we had our hiking poles for stability on the wet rocks and leaves.

hiking
2 months ago

It’s tough but the view is worth it!

Great, quick hike!!

Great scenery that changes with the seasons. Great for seeing small rabbits and deers.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this trail this past July. It was a well maintained trail and a good workout! It gets you sweating and feeling good. It is steep but nothing crazy. Pack snacks and bring plenty of water to enjoy the view at the top!

This is a great “developed hike”. The trail is maintained , with wooden lookouts over the falls to keep visitors safe. Great trail for kids if they will listen and stay where instructed. The lower portion is accessible and when it isn’t too wet wheelchairs can even get access. Hmm. Go during an off season and avoid the crowds. We’ve done it while it was snowing lightly and were nearly alone.

2 months ago

I’m local and have visited the King and Queen seat many times, but just recently took the time to discover the white trail itself. Money saving tip that’ll add some fun rocky terrain, cool rock formations and steep grade: park along MD Rt 24/Rocks Rd for FREE and take the purple trail straight up to where it connects with the white trail. If you want the big views at the King and Queen seat at the end, hang a right. Taking a left will get you there almost immediately. Diverse terrain with opportunities for some trail running along this loop.

Fun and great view, fast incline

Fun hike, view of the falls is ok

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice hike. The falls are beautiful. I love how the trail brings you back to the falls at several different levels.

Wow, what a great hike. Definitely steep...but worth it in the end.

Easy up and back.

This is a great hike, but can be very muddy in some sections.

hiking
2 months ago

Good workout! Pretty steep uphill at parts. Our dog was worn out. Great views of the waterfall, and an amazing view of the mountains at the top made it worth it!

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