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Very quick leg stretcher from the trailhead, but a nice rock formation to check out and climb around on a little bit. Also checked out the nearby spring. Quick and easy walk.

Great views with pretty minimal effort. Several spots along the way to stop for snacks or lunch and enjoy the scenery.

we were disappointed that the description I'd vague. more hills than thought.

4 months ago

Super easy and is basically a gravel trail that follows an fire road down to the falls. Nice walk in the forest and is only a little over a mile out and back. Park at the Lands Run parking area at Mile marker 9.2 on Skyline Drive. Be careful and drive slow. You may miss the lot. The wife and I hopscotched trails all day. We started on the South end at 8 in the morning. By 4 in the evening the Skyline drive was packed and parking became a big issue. The falls colors are all most gone and everybody knows it. We were in bumper to bumper traffic get off of Skyline and car were backed up out to US. 340 trying to get on. Go Early / Not Later !!

There is a very small (easy to miss) parking lot near mile 9 on Skyline Drive with minimal signage. The whole hike is on a fire road, so less scenic than other hikes in the park. It’s out and back (downhill on the way in and uphill on the way back). When we hiked this it was a nice leg stretch after a long drive, but the hike ends at a very small stream with a very small trickling cascade (not what you may think when you hear waterfall). It might be a better hike after a lot of rain. Walk is shaded and easy to do in sneakers.

Highly recommend this short day hike. Can be done in under 2 hours at a moderate pace with a short rest at the top. It’s a beautiful shaded walk up hill and includes part of the Appalachian Trail. Bring some water with you. We wore hiking boots, but it could definitely be done in sneakers. The view from the top is beautiful- pretty spectacular especially considering how quickly you can get there.

Pretty good trail to do with kids and dogs...well maintained. Counter-clockwise travel knocks out the steeper parts first.

Agree with Lacey. LOTS of rocks form the pathway most of the way. Although no scrambling involved, they're just not comfortable for walking. But quite lovely view at the end. Out of shape 60-something and made it up without much trouble otherwise

I'm torn btw 3 & 4 stars. We did this hike in the fall two years ago. Totally different experience in the summer time! Lots and lots of uphill. Very rocky in some parts which made it a tad difficult w our pup. The overlook view is nice but not my favorite in the park. There are 2 lookout areas, next to each other but it was a bit crowded with people eating lunch. The columnar jointing was super cool to see. Not sure I'd need to see it a 2nd time but glad we saw it! Tough steep downhill and a lot of the rocks were unbalanced so we had to take our time getting to the viewpoint. The hike back down to the car was a piece of cake after all the uphill.

This trail is moderate to strenous and straight up.  The trail itself is very nice and shaded.  There are some nice views along the way and the summit is cool look out. It is a rocky trail so your feet might hurt some.

Fun trail to do with your family. It has a couple of nice inclines/declines, but my 8, 6 and 4 year old boys were able to easily handle them. If you go clockwise on the trail and get to the TSA beacon, that is not the "summit". Go about 200 yards further on the main trail and you will not miss it.

We completed this trail last week. This trail was reminiscent of the Crabtree Falls further south. There was not much traffic in mid-afternoon. The view was fantastic! We did the other trail with the rock formations. Saw a large buck (!) below those formations.

It was good for what I wanted today. Would have liked more incline/declines, but just a nice hike/walk in the woods. Mostly deer for wildlife and my dog had fun. One nice overlook view on the loop.

7 months ago

A great family trail. Not much by way of views but you see the family cemetery and the walk has just enough incline to be interesting but not so much to be daunting. Families with dogs make this loop all the time.

Short and sweet. Beautiful views.

Nice walk in the woods. That's about it.

7 months ago

The walk through the woods was peaceful. The kids enjoyed looking for the various items that the visitor center provided. All in all, decent trail and nice start to Shenandoah.

a couple scrambling areas on the left of the "T" GREAT views to the right. Saw a young bear and several deer. Went on a Friday mid day and little traffic. park in the Compton gap lot trail starts across the street.

Nice variety of terrain. Overlook is awesome.

This is a good family hike with nice forest views. The mostly gravel trail is wide and follows an old fire road down to the falls. Once there, you can take a well-worn path a short distance for a better view of the upper cascade. It is not spectacular, but it was pretty with the recent rain. There is a small parking area near mile 9 on Skyline Drive. The trail is not marked...look for the sign for the fire road.

Easy access from the Thornton Gap entrance of Shenandoah. Plentiful parking, and the directions from AllTrails take you right there. The hike is short and relatively easy - uphill for the first 1/2 or so, but there are plenty of natural and manmade "stairs."

The path itself wasn't too crowded, but there were a bunch of people at the top. A bit before the actual summit there's an outcropping off to the side - would recommend setting up for a break there if you can.

Overall, great hike and beautiful views. I would do it again.

Be sure to catch this one on a not-so-foggy day. Great views.

Nice views.

8 months ago

Great walk

a short trail to some of the most spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

Nice moderate trail ive done a handful of times now. Pretty good if you are just getting into hiking like i was.

9 months ago

Ok hike, pretty views at Dickies Hill but other than that not a hike I'd repeat. Went with Linda and Beth

9 months ago

This is a really nice short hike. We have two young children that hiked it with us and they had no problems getting around. There had been a lot of rain recently so the waterfall was really flowing! It's not too far from the Skyline entrance which is a plus if you don't want to spend all day on the drive. highly recommend this trail.

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