Explore Shenandoah - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Shenandoah Map
VIEW FULL MAP

love this one...

A little rocky, but overall a great hike for people and pups alike!

I loved this trail! Beautiful rock formations and seen a timber rattler! Unbeatable views! Didn't seem like 4 miles at all.
F L A T E A R T H

Great quick hike. It was a chilly day but very clear and sunny, perfect day out. I saw 25 or more people but had nice bits of quiet time. The campsites were half full.

So worth the climb up. Walk passed the Big Schloss cut off and go about a half mile more to look back at it.

Awesome hike today! Lovely weather, amazing views.. a bit crowded on the trail, but I suppose that's to be expected on one of the last warm weekend days of the year! Went up to the top and ate our sandwiches sitting on the cliff and enjoying the silence...ahhh

Challenging great hike!

hiking
27 days ago

Went on this hike last month. Don’t be mistaken by the first nice view. Make your way to the ridge line for great views. Good for a day when you need a good hike, but don’t have all day!

Went on this hike last May and loved it. First hike in the States after seven years overseas. Great rock formations and views from the top. Recommend going as early as possible to avoid crowd and experience the hike in at best viewing time.

Great climb. Hiked up from little devil stairs parking lot. Glad I had poles, water crossings a bit dicey at times. Nice walk down with some views!

There is nothing super hard about this trail. It’s long but not hard.

The Crabtree falls part is especially easy and people were doing it with young kids.

If it’s a foggy day you might not be able to easily see the priest shelter- the AT connects to another trail called priest’s wilderness so if you wanted to go longer than 8 miles as stated here you could.

Plenty of places to camp along the AT as well.

We started muster after the mile maker 19 and parked. Walked down the fire road all the way and then came back up the Devils stairs. There are several creek crossings which are doable. Look for the blue marks on trees or you may miss where you should cross. Stable shoes (not sandals) are a must. It gets steep at points and you will have to actually use hands and feet to step up and climb.

I’m very active and it was a good workout. My counterpart had some difficulty with the steep inclines and elevation. However, you can stop and rest. It was mid 70’s and sunny. We were sweating hard and definitely bring water.

I loved the various fungi and water fall spots. Didn’t see any wildlife, not even birds but I found it to be a very beautiful and a peaceful hike.

We did see a few dogs along the way, one with 3 legs even! But bring water for them. Not sure they should be drinking the creek water even though it’s crystal clear.

I’d recommend this hike. It took us 4 hours but could have easily been done in 3-3.5 with my normal hiking partner.

1 month ago

lots of cross stream path, and climbing rock part is real fun!

Went on a gorgeous September Sunday, saw a few people along the trail but were on our own most of the way which was nice. Did the route clockwise, so we had the stairs right off the bat. They’re tough but it does level out a bit at the top. Not a ton of views bc the leaves hadn’t fallen yet, but still beautiful. Especially loved the small waterfalls on the second half. Overall challenging but great hike! Will come back late fall/early winter to get some more views.

Good hike but no views. Post hurricane the water was flowing strong and the rocks were slick. Busier than I thought. Not in a rush to do it again but certainly not a bad SNF hike. Good for dogs that love water (and can navigate some rocks aka my black lab)

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike and nice views along the hike. The campsite is about 1 mile in and the first overlook about 1.5 miles. Then the ridgeline rocks are at about 2 miles in and go for another quarter mile. We turned around at 2.2 miles and thoroughly enjoyed the views at the top. It is very rocky terrain however I would not classify this as Hard or Expert. Steep in some places but easy going overall. The tree canopy blocks a lot of the views east, we plan to come back in the winter for more views.

Went on a foggy day and didn't have the best view from the top, but the trail was excellent and clearly blazed. First 3/4 mile is steep but it levels off nicely from there with several great vistas along the way to the top. Road leading to the wolf gap recreational parking lot is fully paved and easily driven.

1 month ago

The trail is full of very sharp rocks. It seems not supposed to be too hard but very tired because of rocks.
Buzzard Rock was great, has nice view and plenty of space to take a break to enjoy view.
But after Buzzard Rock there was not much to enjoy. The forest is somehow very damp. There were so many mushrooms but also so many BUGS were following whole trail. Some thorns and all other kinds of vegetation were across the trail, that scratch pants, arms and face. They hold on my poles, annoying on the trail.
Moss has formed on almost every rocks with spiders which made us to hesitate to sit on.
Plus, there was no real view from Buzzard Rock to summit. So we ended up back and out at 3 miles(total 6 miles).

It's nice trail overall but if I try it again, I will try to buzzard rock and enjoy sunset and come down.

We went on a muggy day and still loved the trail. It was a challenge for the first mile and a half or so. Great workout. We are hoping to go back on a clearer day to get the full experience of the full 360 view!

It’s a tough hike but worth it. Definitely AMAZING just don’t take the short cut to Hawksbill Summit you’ll pay the price.

great hike with amazing views. have done it twice so far with plans to do it more. it is a bit of a challenge if you are not used to elevation but a great way to stay in shape if you are. there are also some great camp sites along the ridge if you can make it up with a heavier pack. I don't find many hikes in Virginia very challenging (I do a lot of higher altitude and tougher north east terrain stuff) but this one I break more of a sweat on.

gorgeous views from the top of the rock! didn't want to come down.

Great trail! I did the hike backward by accident, so make sure when you park at the lot you start by going downward and not up the fire trail. But if you want an added challenge of hiking up a 3 mike gravel road, would recommend doing it in reverse!

Really fun to hike along the stream and waterfall. No real “views” of the valley, more of a pure nature and challenging hike with rock scrambles

Great trail for a 4h-something hike. Went clockwise from the parking lot up. Quite steep in the beginning and the end but beautiful scenery all around, and great views from Mary’s rock. Some small river crossings but nothing too tricky. Wish I had had hiking poles for the way down though. Plenty of chance to fill up your water from the creek.

A really nice hike. The 1st 2/3 of the trail was easy, well marked. The view, the rushing water of the river was pleasing to the ear and restful for the mind. Even found a place to sit, and put our feet in the water.
However, the last 1/3 was difficult, steep incline and definitely put my wife and I to the test. But the top is well worth.
Only saw 2 other hikers that day on the trail.

camping
2 months ago

Amazing trail with an even greater view, it has a small camping spot at the bottom of the mountain that is a good place a for multiple tents, at the top of the mountain you can find several places to set up hammocks and wake up with a picture perfect morning. 10/10

Fantastic hike with several water crossings and quite a bit of semi-rock scrambling. Lightly trafficked so it’s wonderfully quiet. Definitely better to do after it’s rained recently, as the falls are fairly small. Not great for waterfall views but very strenuous and fun to rock hop across the streams.

Great hike - rocky hike up the side of a waterfall/creek for the first 1.75 mi, with several stream crossings, then about .25 miles of trail until you reach the fire road. Fire road is a little over 3 miles with good tree coverage and an old cemetery near the base. Went on a weekend and saw a total of 8 people on the trail. Took an 1:45 with minimal stops for water. With all the rocks and the stream crossings I was happy I wore my waterproof hiking boots, but I saw others wearing trail shoes and running once they hit the fire road.

The road leading up to the trail was extremely dangerous to go up ,and I would not recommend taking a car that won't withstand off roading. There are many sharp turns in the weathered gravel road.

Hiked from Gravel Springs to see the overlooks on the Appalachian Trail.

Load More