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rocky
7 days ago

I liked this trail! There was not much to see besides the falls since its winter, but you could hear the water throughout most of the hike. The whole thing was on a fire road, so it was very easy to walk on and follow. It was just under 4 miles when I turned around where the recording did, but you can go a tiny bit further if you want. Not sure where the 5.7 miles came from...

Very easy path to follow. Once I got to the loop I went counterclockwise up the steeper side to the lookout. The other side was much easier on the knees coming back down.

Good vista for lunch. Spotted a bald eagle during lunch-gorgeous!

muddy
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

We somehow missed the fact that the waterfall is close to the very start of the trail. We walked all the way to the bottom and back up and can report that there’s not much else to see. While it’s nice to be out in the woods, next time we’d choose a more varied and scenic route.

This was a great gentle hike to give us out-of-the-car time in Shenandoah. We parked at the Dickey visitor’s center and crossed the road to the trailhead. Based on the map we saw there’s another way to go, through the picnic area, so we chose to do a figure eight and come back that way for more diversity. Being fall, it was very pretty as it’s almost completely a wooded walk. We weren’t disappointed since there are so many scenic overlook areas on the Skyline Drive. On asking the ranger at the visitor’s center, we choose to do the loop counter clockwise, getting the incline done in the beginning. About 1/3 or more in we had an overlook (just before the trail turned off to hit the Dickey summit.) We took the short detour to the summit but there was no view, just a Dahrma Initiative looking structure. Back on the trail, we used the GPS and AllTrails map to make sure we were staying on track as there weren’t super clear indicators otherwise. The Snead Farm was cool, but it’s all boarded up and locked with no information. So you have to use your imagination. Walking back to the parking lot through the picnic area we saw a super fluffy little bear (yes, I wanted to cuddle, but we made some noise and moved on, as did he/she.) Took us just over 2 hours as we stopped a few times and meandered with our dog (who didn’t even notice the bear.) My husband is getting over the flu, so it was just right for us. Found a handful of ticks on the pup and me after. That was the only real bummer.

I finished in under 2 hours, even with a cranky hiking partner/frequent breaks and stopping to watch a woodpecker for a bit. I parked at the dickey ridge rest stop area and walked through the picnic area, then took the loop clockwise. I saw the farmhouse pretty early on. meh. it was a gorgeous hike once you get onto the dickey ridge portion. very dense forest. we were warned about a bear in the area but luckily never encounted him. the overlook about 2.2mi in was totally unexpected and 100% worth elevation gain. I loved this hike and would definitely do it again. I'd probably add in the rest of the dicky trail instead of walking through the picnic area again; from looking at the map it didn't look like it made the trail too much longer.

hiking
4 months ago

Not much to see on this trail. Didn't go fully to the end, stopped at the waterfall which was barely visible.

This was a nice, short, easy hike. Needed something to do before horseback riding. No real waterfall to speak of, but there was a nice babbling brook. Uphill on the return trip.

Quick leg stretcher!

Good trail, not many views. Would probably be nice in the spring when there's flowers though!

Enjoyed this trail, challenging but not too much. nice views.

hiking
5 months ago

Took two kids (4 and 10) on their first hike here. Nice little waterfall and extra climbing. Both were able to complete it in their own. The whole Trail is a Fire road. Good taste for them of what hiking is like.

Nice overlook at the top of the loop. We saw a black bear and deer along the trail. Well mark and easy to follow. Ran into some other hikers but the trail wasn’t crowed New to hiking- tired at the end but had a good time.

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bugs
over grown
6 months ago

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rocky
washed out
6 months ago

great hike down to the falls and beyond. the trail between the parking lot and the falls is really rocky from the rain. heads-up it's steeper coming back to the parking lot than you think.

Absolutely loved this hike! Arrived at the Dickey's Ridge Visitors Center around 9:00am and didn't have any trouble finding parking, although it was starting to fill up. The trail felt more 'Moderate' than 'Easy', but it's probably as easy as it gets on a mountain, and it was a nice challenge for us. The view was lovely from the top, though we didn't stay long because there wasn't much shade there. The rest of the trail is thoroughly shaded, which was ideal for a sunny August hike. On the second half of the loop we did encounter a "teenage" bear who came down from a tree but wandered away from the trail. Our first visit to Shenandoah was an amazing one!

Pretty and glad we did it, but all uphill on the way back.

very nice and easy hike. Nearly all shaded which was a blessing in August. A beautiful view without a hard climb. Park at Dickey Ridge visitors center which has nice rest rooms, visitors center and visitas. Walk through picnic grounds until it brings you to cross skyline drive. Didnt find one tick or see one bear like other posts.

hiking
6 months ago

Decent but I probably wouldn’t do it again. Would probably be a bit boring in the winter without the birds and foliage. Good workout on the way back up for me and the dog and the little stream waterfall was cool. Not sure why it says it’s 5.7 miles. It’s 2.2 miles down to the chained off road and then back so 4.4 miles total.

hiking
6 months ago

We misjudged our time available so only made it from the VC to the barn (going counterclockwise), then realized we’d better turn around and hustle back. I don’t recommend that approach - that short section is pretty mundane and without the view for a payoff. Most of the walk is along a fire road with electrical wires running overhead, which Isn’t my favorite.

I enjoyed this trail because we didn’t have a lot of time. However, it is pretty heavily trafficked, sometimes with dog owners who think the signs that say “YOUR DOG MUST BE LEASHED AT ALL TIMES” and “Dogs not allowed on this part of the trail due to an aggressive bear that is particularly aggressive toward dogs” doesn’t apply to them.

hiking
7 months ago

Giving this a three because it doesn’t have any scenic views- the waterfall is nice, but it’s near the beginning of the trail (as soon as you cross the stream, take the side trial to the right of the main path). After the waterfall, the rest of the trail is a steady decline further into the woods. It’s a fire road, so it’s wide and somewhat grassy, and you’re always in the shade, but it wasn’t a very exciting hike. Good for a trail run, especially if you want a hill workout, because the whole return is uphill.

Nice trail, shaded and not too rocky - great for trail running. Once you pass the farm, the path becomes narrow and somewhat isolated if you’re by yourself. The overlook was a wonderful surprise; I wasn’t expecting it at that point in the trail. Beautiful breeze and view. On the downhill, I saw a bear cub off in the distance- it didn’t see me; no sign of mama bear.

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over grown
7 months ago

Counterclockwise route. One overlook with nice western view. Many parts of the trail are overgrown. No summit, building at top with gravel road. Farm buildings unimpressive. Dirt-gravel road back uninteresting. Seems like a good trail run.

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over grown
7 months ago

Nice views, cool farmhouse, overgrown in several areas.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice, easy hike on a fire road to a waterfall.

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