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Very Strenuous to the average person like myself (29 years old not in the best shape I could be), but it was worth it! The waterfalls on the incline and decline were all incredible.

Beautiful waterfall. Trail can be muddy and slippery. Did this trail in June and no issues with bugs. All up hill on the way back, but can stop and enjoy the view as much as you want. Enjoy!

Awesome! Hiked this trail on a beautiful January morning. Started at about 7:15am on a weekday and had the entire trail to myself. Made it up and back in about 90 min. I am a young, fit, fairly experienced hiker, but this trail is definitely doable for people of different skill levels. In general I would allow 2-3 hours. Garmin tracked 3.65 miles.

Trail was rocky, but nothing crazy. Hiking poles helped me feel secure on slippery sections and rocky downhill sections. Steepest parts were at the beginning, otherwise fairly gradual. Initial section of trail along the east side of the mountain was very slick due to rain the previous night, even some small icy spots as well. As long as you are careful of your footing you should have no issues.

Absolutely gorgeous, expansive views at the top! Awesome reward for a fairly short hike. Was also pleasantly surprised at the amount of views to the east while along the first mile of trail (bare trees help). Would do this trail again!

Love love love this hike! Super short and easy. A great one for kids and pups on a hot summer day!

Just WOW! The views, the trail and nature all in one sweet hike. We did the full loop and down to bottom of the waterfall.

Overcast day, but still an enjoyable hike. Nice view.
The trail is rocky with a few steep climbs. Not a well marked trail. Don’t be alarmed if you don’t see a trail marking until reaching a junction. Just pull up this app and find your location on the map.

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18 days ago

Outstanding hike- my family, including children 6,10,12 completed the loop all the way down to the base of the falls in 3 1/2 hours to include pictures, snacks and water breaks. Started the hike on the southern loop, went to base, and returned on northern loop route. Northern firebreak is wide flat surface with steady incline. Easy stream crossings for kids throughout trail. Most challenging portion is the short final hike from end of fire break road at base of falls. Not too busy on New Year’s Day. BONUS- picnic area with restrooms/ tables at start point and skyline drive a absolutely stunning. plan extra time to enjoy the drive and a picnic before or after the hike.

Started 2019 with a short hike up Mary’s Rock on New Years Day. Was concerned that Skyline Drive might be closed due to gov’t shutdown. Great hike and well worth the effort to get to the top. The views are fantastic. Recommend good shoes as the trail is rocky and rugged. Lots of parking. Trail head located at the Thornton Gap area just outside Sperryville VA. One of my favorite hikes along the parkway.

Some slick rock due to all the moisture we’ve had. Nice waterfall. Dog enjoyed the hike and opportunity for fresh water when she needed it. Wouldn’t hesitate to bring my 12 year old.

Well maintained trail. Beautiful views.

Great trail!
Beautiful waterfall
The trail is pretty wet so be prepared for small crossings

This was a beautiful trail even in the winter. I didn’t expect the beautiful view of the mountains near the falls. The falls are very impressive especially if you hike the extra mile to see them up close. The first half of the trail is all downhill and the second half is all uphill. The second half or maybe two-thirds was quite strenuous for my husband.

This hike will have your quad muscles screaming all the way up and your knee joints begging for mercy on the way down. The ascent was strenuous but the pretty sight of the waterfalls would make you forget the burning in your legs. The descent was more challenging with wet rocks almost everywhere. I fell down, butts first, a few times because my shoes were losing traction. No serious injury though, just bruised bums.

Also I’m not sure what happened to the ‘steel bridge crossing the river’ at the fork in the description but it was not there when I went, which was 2 days before Christmas. The crossing was still possible but take extra caution here since the water level was close to mid-knee high (I’m 5’3).

Despite the wet rocks, socks and bums; I found this hike to be immensely enjoyable and quite adventurous. I did the Old Rag mountain loop a few weeks prior and while rock scrambling is more technical, I think this one takes it in being more strenuous. Take it slow, enjoy the serenity of the nature and be safe!

Beautiful hike. Not too easy and not too hard. The view is worth the effort. Please make sure you wear good footwear. The terrain can get jagged and rugged. Some parts of the path are frozen with ice and snow. I went up on a cold early morning the day after Christmas. Happy New Year!

Great views and slightly challenging with having to cross rivers/hop on rocks. Definitely recommend going to the base and getting right next to the waterfall!

Long hike down... but amazingly rewarding! The falls are awesome and well worth the hike back up to the trail head.

Nice views I’d recommend hiking down to the base of the falls. Hiking uphill takes time if you’re out of shape like me who is over 200 lbs and doesn’t work out. Overall it was fun on Christmas Eve.

Traveling counter-clockwise, the first 1/2 mile may be crowded as it's a popular short trail to the Stony Man overlook. Skip that view, though, and continue on the AT to connect up with the Passamaquoddy and amazing overlooks with fewer hikers.

Difficult and a lot of river crossings that flood after big rain events but the waterfalls are huge and breathtaking. Can actually see more of them in winter when trees are bare.

amazing waterfalls ...challenging the whole length of the trail. Loved it!

Great hike even in gloomy conditions. The rocks are super slippery when they are wet. Will have to hike it again on a clear day.

Beautiful views throughout. Lots of climbing. We had a blanket of snow so it looked extra magical. Took us just under 2 hours. Great views up top.

Simply Beautiful. Don’t miss it

Logged 3.5 miles from the Upper to the Lower Parking areas. Very nice views along this loop. The Appalachian Trail was very icy in spots.

Straight up and down through switchbacks. Definitely tiring on the way up, but the overlook is so worth it. Make sure to have solid footwear with ankle support for the rocky way down.

This is an amazing trail for the entire family. It is labeled easy, but I’d call it moderate for children or out of shape individuals. The trail leads to an unbelievable view and some cool features. Definitely a must for the family or for anyone that wants to hike but isn’t prepared to go very far in. Bring some lunch, and enjoy the views while you dine :)
*Not stroller or wheelchair friendly :(

Chilly weather gave us the trail pretty much to ourselves. Some precarious icy spots-bring sticks if you have them. views along path are wonderful and the view from the top was stunning!! A new favorite hike!!

Nice, easy hike. Icy on this day though making the trail slippery in spots. We were a group of 7 ranging from 13 to 60. All found it to be an easy outing with a rewarding view. Little crowded at the top. Great starting point with water and restrooms.

Excellent, a little icy on this Thanksgiving Day, poles will help.

We had no information on this trail prior to hiking. We happened upon it when Skyline drive was closed due to ice and snow. From Rt. 211 we started on the Buck Hollow trail. There are two streams which we had to hike over but there were large rocks to step into.
When we got in the fork of Buck Hollow and Buck Ridge we decided to go left and take Buck Ridge. Wow, the beginning was tough and challenging. Lots of steps. I don’t know how far we hiked. The trail was snow covered. We unfortunately weren’t able to make it all the way to Skyline Drive. At about the 2 hour mark, we turned around on Buck Ridge and returned to RT. 211. It only took an hour to get back down. We definitely could have used poles on the way back down. We saw deer tracks and another animal, which I assumed was a dog. Thankfully I didn’t see any bears!

Challenging, but enjoyable!

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