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hiking
22 hours ago

Great trail for a couple hour hike. Fun but also a challenge. Great work out. Some type of hiking shoes are best for section A. Does get congested that’s why it lost a star.

Great trail and hike, but the mapped loop was not all the orange trail, some of it was blue and some red blazes. Lots of intersecting trails here so I’d suggest having your phone well charged to navigate!

Beautifully maintained. It costs $5 to park. I went after a large rain storm and everything drained well. My app tracked this path as 6 miles but it was very enjoyable and I will definitely return!

Best in Maryland!

hiking
2 days ago

Good trail some parts get a little backed up with traffic. Get ready to climb rocks, decent physical challenge not too bad or exhausting.

love the views and cliffs. much wild life

This was a pleasant hike. A lot of stream crossings, and use of (very) old fire roads with a lack of erosion control makes for some rugged terrain in spots. Didn’t see anyone else on the trail, which was quite nice.

The road to the trailhead is gravel, bumpy and very narrow in some spots. A van was in the ditch, as they pulled over for another car.

The trail is wide, and rocky in 2 spots. The view would be better in the fall, it is partial obstructed by foliage.

The waterfall- cross the stream, turn your body right, so it is facing upstream and to the left you will see a rough path that parallels the stream. Follow it for about 0.1mile. The waterfall is great.

walking
15 days ago

As of today Trails A and B are closed but the trail to Great Falls overlook is great. It’s flat, smooth, small pebbles; easy for walking or biking. The overlook is incredible.

I did this hike today and it was great, love the waterfalls and the view is amazing! it's very rocky and was slippery today from all the rain! I took my 3 liter bladder I ran out while I was half way there sooo consider a lot of water if you are doing it in summer time! ♡ and remember to keep your dogs on a leash.

Started a little late in the day and hauled butt and got back before dark. Took exactly 3 hours. Now I know why they call it the roller coaster! Make sure you bring water and a snack. Awesome hike!!

Corgi approved

We considered this an enjoyable hike and had lunch at the waterfall, near the head of Laurel Run, which was flowing well due to all the rain lately. Appears to be lightly traveled. Time back out from the Waterfall was about 1hr and 25min.

Experienced hiker review: Visited this trail for the first time on 7-28. Read reviews before going. Took approximately 70 minutes one way to reach the overlook. Agree with other reviews that this trail is VERY rocky. So much so that I found it difficult to get a decent workout. The terrain is what makes this trail "hard," not the climb itself. There are two steep inclines; one rockier than the other. Arrived at 8:45am and the parking lot was already packed. Passed a lot of people of all ages and a lot of unleashed dogs. If you prefer more privacy, arrive between 6-7am (DST). If you don't mind the rockiness, it's a good quick hike before going to check out a winery or restaurant. If you are looking for a rapid trail workout, I would look elsewhere.

Challenging and fun!!! Definitely coming back. Beautiful scenery.

My husband and I hiked this trail today. After crossing the stream just over 3/4 mile in we missed the turn off to go off trail to find the waterfalls. We continued on, deciding to look for it again on the way down. Enjoyed the hike on the way up, with the last portion to the overlook being fairly steep. On the way back down we found the waterfalls (coming down, go off to the left of the big boulder). There, we did some rock scrambles, which were fun, to the get to the top of the falls. This hike took us 3 hours, with about a 20 min. break at the top, 20 min. climbing the rocks, and about 15 min. stopping for a quick lunch.

Did this hike with the husband and 9y/o son. It was tough and worth it! Wear boots! My hiking poles were a life saver! It’s very rocky! Definitely get there early we got there at 7am and there were already two cars in the lot by the time we came back down (4 hours later) it was getting crowded.
The view at the top is beautiful - you will cross over the Virginia/W. Virginia line on your way up which was neat! We saw some incredible wildlife and amazing sites! We will do it again in the fall for sure. Enjoy!

Definitely a fun and challenging trail to get back into hiking with. While almost all of the trail was rocks it still wasn't too difficult in regular running shoes but I definitely recommend trekking poles or better footwear.

The whole hike took the two of us about 4 hours and some change, that's with detours off trail, exploring, and enjoying the scenery.

I definitely felt that the view was lackluster. However there is a small path to the right where if you are careful and experienced enough you can actually climb down to the base of the cliffside and see a very large and interesting "cave-like" cutout that's eroded away.

hiking
1 month ago

I brought my 12 year old and 5 year old with me. Both had a blast and were able to walk the entire way without trouble. Paths were clean and cleared. Just follow the blue markers.

Did the A trail with 2 teens. challenging spots for a nice workout. Not too crowed. Going back again for sure!

hiking
1 month ago

Not a crowded park - great for peaceful walks with the dog.

fun trail, easy enough for kids too.

Lots of incline/decline both ways and very rocky. Trekking poles are very useful. Make sure to bring enough water on hot days. The view is worth it.

Well marked tails very rocky great hike

trail running
1 month ago

My favorite local trail. I go on trail runs here and find the difficulty to be moderate. One steep hill. Sometimes slippery after rainy days. Not busy on weekdays.

Completed this hike today. The road to get to the small parking area is bumpy dirt road and as someone else mentioned in an earlier review, the address takes you to someone's house so you have to keep going about 0.3-0.5 miles from the address listed. Didn't see too many people along the trail, so it was nice and relaxing. The "waterfall" is more of a stream than what I would consider a waterfall, but still pretty. Most of the trail I would rate as easy with a few moderate sections. At Buzzard Hill there is a small overlook and right now the wild blueberry bushes are blooming.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike along the Appalachian Trial. We brought our dog along and we really enjoyed the nature and waterfall along the trail. The waterfall is about 0.8 miles into the hike. When going to the overlook, make sure you continue past the small camping site with a fire circle that is situated on the right (near the top of the mountain) and trek ~50 feet further and up the rocks to the left. A few hikers we came across weren't able to find it the first time around. We came early July and the temperature was high 70s and the shade was very welcome the entire hike!

The correct GPS address for the trailhead at the start of the hike is 39.072126, -77.912143. There is a small parking area on the north side of the road. White rectangular paint blazes (6 inches high by 2 inches wide) mark the Appalachian Trail.

The address currently listed (1948 Morgans Mill Rd., Bluemont, VA 20135) is a private driveway. The trail crossing is 0.3 uphill from this location.

I would definitely do this hike again. There are a few things that you might want to know, and some of the other reviews back me up on these:
Get there early, especially on weekends. We got there at 6:30 am and there were already a two cars there.
I recommend not parking in the back of the parking lot, just because it gets crowded in the small space soon.
Since the elevation rises and drops, the temperature varies kind of quickly. Also, it isn’t just up one way and down another, like the elevation chart shows. It was challenging because the steepness was intense at points.
It’s completely under trees, except for the overlook.
There are many rocks on the trail, so trail boots help; I don’t have any, I wear tennis shoes, and I could feel the ridges of the rocks through my shoes.
I rated it 4 stars only because the overlook was pretty, but not exactly breathtaking (I’m spoiled on overlooks). However, the trail is challenging, fun, and I would definitely do it again.

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