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This was a nice easy walk to the top of waterfalls. it gets a little rocky so I suggest wearing sneakers not sandals. All and all a nice walk with pretty waterfalls.

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!

1 month ago

This is one of my favorite day hikes. On today's trip we left with clouds forming over the mountains. I was hoping to get to the cave before it rained, however, I was a mile and half short. We got drenched. Shared the cave with a group of Americorp volunteers who were out working on the trail. There is an awesome discrete campsite off the trail close to the cave.

good mix of views and geologic features

1 month ago

first "real" hike for my almost 4 year old. make sure to grab a kids' map at the trailhead; my daughter enjoyed following along with the landmarks. we saw several chipmunks and squirrels and a box turtle, plus heard a lot of birds. incline is just enough to get some work in but not tiring

This was really beautiful. A privilege to see and I only wish I had brought my fly fishing pole. The climb down to and back up from the falls is rather steep, but it’s only .2 miles. The remainder of the trail has rather little in the way of pitch or views. But those falls and caves more than make up for any shortcoming.

if you're looking for some solitude, this is one for you.

5Jun18-weekday afternoon overcast 70° hike. The whole Loop took about an hour and a half with stops. Drank 2 liters of water along the way. This hike started off at the Dickey gift shop and an incredible view of the Shenandoah Valley. The only people I saw the whole time on this hike was in that area. I never saw a soul on the loop except for my poles haha. as far as Wildlife goes, there were a lot of bear warning signs... But all I saw were squirrels (and one platypus ;-)

I did the loop clockwise and it began by climbing for the first 20 minutes. this is where I broke the majority of my sweat. The trail is pretty even some rocky outgrowth. But It pretty much leveled out after that and was mostly downhill. There were a couple of Spurs I could not go to because I wore shorts....and I could see poison ivy creeping up over the trail. If I had the hike over again I would have work long pants for this time of year because of the poison ivy. When I got back to the parking lot, I just washed my calves and ankles with soap and water since the bathrooms were still open. all good :)

The only place the trail got tricky to follow (because the overgrowth) was at The Farmhouse itself. I started going left when I was supposed to follow the trail down to the right, over a recent rain made Creek and then join a big trail.

* Really nice peaceful hike, would love to do it again in the winter just to see how it looks then.

Happy Travels!
the RAWG

2 months ago

The trail starts downhill. Past the waterfall and to the right is a little cabin across a tiny bridge that apparently is privately owned but grandfathered into Shenandoah National park. If you don’t like finishing your walk uphill, don’t do this. Also, it was nice and shaded. My dog was a happy camper on this trail.

This was a fun hike! The views at the top are magnificent! Shenandoah is such a beautiful place. My kids and husband did this hike with me and we enjoyed the flowers, the views and the small rock scramble at the top.

About 1/4 mile from the trailhead the trail had a few inches of water running over top of it. This went on for a quarter mile or so. It was easier to walk through the water with a rocky bed than the muddy mess beside the trail. The area had a heavy storm the night before, so we had expected some wet terrain. The right shoes helped. Overall, I would highly recommend this hike.

My dogs and I walked down to the water falls are many days of rain, It was more impressive than I expected. Best think to see it after some rain. A nice walk in the rain,

Nice little extension off the AT that leads to some fun rocks. climbing around on the rocks was quite enjoyable and my kids loved it quite a lot. Nice place to let the kids feel like they can climb without there being too many exposed heights. My kids were 3 and 5 at the time. We added onto this, so we probably did about a mile and a half, which made for a nice little hike before the sunset on a 90-degree day. Lots of wildflowers and mushrooms. We even saw a giant lunar moth. It would be a good leg stretcher for someone getting ready to hike a bigger trail. For those with kids, it's quite a nice little hike.

Really enjoyed the hike! We went on Sunday April 22nd, and there were still a lot of trees across the trail. While we could go over and under some, there were parts where we had to detour off the trail to get around. PATC trail crews were out working on the trails, and I would expect that they will have the trail cleared sooner than later.

The falls were beautiful, and while it was a steep path down to them (and back up afterwards), it was well worth it.

4 months ago

Took the trail down to the fall. It's easy and not too long, but don't underestimate the uphill climb on the way back.

Not much to see on the falls. You can climb down some rocks next to the water. If you want a really short hike with some water, it's worth doing.

We walked past the fall on the fire road another mile, and that was very steep at points, which made the return a decent workout.

My husband and I have different fitness levels and so I picked this trail because it was fairly close to home, not too long, and had a gorgeous view. Would do it again with him but would do a more challenging hike on my own. We thought it was a great place to hang out and could even see Blue Mountain and the Monastery in Linden, which is up the street from our home, with our pocket telescope.

Good hike. I think the trail is under rated. Had a great time with the family.

I hiked this trail with my kids (9 and 14) and my mom (65). It was a quick, easy walk to the waterfall along the gravel fire road and the waterfall was gorgeous (early April). You actually stand at the top of the waterfall and look down. More adventurous hikers can climb down a bit to get a great close up view of the falls and it makes for a great photo opportunity. The uphill walk back up was not fun but worth it for a quick view of the falls. We turned around at the falls but you could keep going. Other than the falls, the hike is pretty boring, not any good views or unique terrain, this is the only reason I rated a 3 instead of higher.

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.

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.

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