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21 hours ago

Good hike, went clockwise, meaning the best views were in the first third of the hike. You can add a couple miles by going a little farther up to Skyline Drive. The "waterfall" was a bit disappointing but the overall hike was great. I saw a mama bear and two cubs along the trail which made the hike extra interesting. Only one really good view along the hike but was worth the hike. The climb is very smooth and not too taxing.

I've been using this hike to gauge my fitness. From the parking lot under the 340 bridge to the overlook, it took me 1:06..

1 month ago

Good trail, but the actual length is closer to 10 miles. We hiked counter clockwise, which put the biggest waterfall near the end of the hike. The trail is easy to follow, but the markings are confusing.

nice views but gps threw me off and only got to AT post and turned around.. I would have kept going now that I know it was the right way..

This is a great hike, but the initial ascent is a challenge. Once you are past that, you are fine.

A word of advice: the trail IS well marked. Just don't take the red trail on the way to split rock, take it on the way back. You can continue up on the white blazed Appalachian trail until you come to a fork: you have to go left or right.

Go left. If you go right you will end up at Keys gap way up the road.

Once you go left, the trail is blue blazed, the color signifying it's a trail to an overlook on the Appalachian trail. The trail is easy with a general slow incline downward. A ways down the path the red trail meets the blue trail. Ignore it and keep going straight. There will be some decent overlooks on the left side of the trail. Check them out. Once the blue trail heads sharply downward, you know you are getting close to the overlook.

On the return trip, hit up the red trail on your right. It's MUCH easier and obvious to find on the overlook side than the ascent.

There is no great mystery to hiking this hike. Just follow the white blazes up, turn left at the fork, and follow the blue blazes. It's not hard.

Going north on the AT from Tuckers Lane might offer a more varied backcountry hike, but this 6.6 mile round trip south is a nice alternative. Most of the elevation gain is in the first third. Just over the ridge is a beautiful old meadow. The turnaround destination - the Denton shelter - is one of the nicer facilities we've seen on the AT: beautiful three-sided shelter that could sleep 7-8 adults, a covered picnic table, shower set-up, bio-friendly latrine, fire pits and separate tent sites, and even a horseshoe pit. We enjoyed the hike on a brisk mid-January day (20 degrees), with only two other solo hikers encountered on the trail (and a few woodpeckers) and, due to a lack of foliage, many long views. The traffic from I-66 echoes in the valley and makes for some background noise ascending and descending the ridge, the only downside to this otherwise very nice hike.

2 months ago

awesome hike with great views, it earns its 'hard' rating at the top

2 months ago

This is a really nice hike because it is not too difficult and has a little bit of everything - several river crossings and water fall areas as well as a few great views. Most of the trail is thin and goes through a tunnel of woods. Its very rocky and very slippery when the leaves are down. We went counter-clockwise. Many trails connect with this one and the blazes switch from blue to yellow and then back to blue. It’s a little confusing, but with the app it’s fine. I look forward to checking it out in the spring.

Great hike, but I visited in late fall when the leaves were off the trees and the water levels were low. The falls were impressive but definitely need to see them at high water level or when it's frozen this winter.

The hike clocked in at 9 miles according to my friends gps watch. We took the counterclockwise route which was a gradual to somewhat strenuously uphill hike for the first third, maybe the second third spent on the ridge line walking somewhat level, then a steep decline over the last 1/3 of the route.


3 months ago

Great hike. Variety of terrain but short enough for anyone in decent shape. Definitely would advise against if it’s raining. Difficult to spot the hard right at the top of the mountain so use some common sense and if you reach an apex and start heading downhill, turnaround.

Trail is not marked well. There are plenty of blazes along the trail to mark the path, but knowing which ones to follow is the confusing part. We parked off of Shenandoah Street in the public parking lot (which we found out costs $10 to park in). Our 6 mile hike turned into a 10 mile one as we followed the white blazes on the trees. The trail starts with white blazes, however, apparently you’re supposed to take a left when you see the orange blazes instead of continuing to follow the white ones. We didn’t see any signs to tell you this, nor are there any signs along the trail. Once we did find the correct path, we were very pleased with the view. Now that I know which way to go, I’d do the hike again. It is steep, so don’t be expecting an easy hike.

4 months ago

Beautiful hike. We did the loop CCW from Thompson Hollow Rd. Densely wooded, scenic streams, historic stone walls, and amazing waterfalls. Climbs for most of first half. Very rocky near waterfalls. Well marked and maintained.

on Strickler Knob Trail

4 months ago

Incredible hike with incredible views. It was worth the long drive for us to get there. Check out my full write up along with pictures and things to look out for.

The view from Split Rock is worth the trip. We decided to head out early, before sun up, which afforded us some amazing pics of the sunrise. It had the added bonus having the trail not be busy. The initial ascent is moderately difficult for someone like me who does not hike as much as he would like. The actual orange trail was easy to find at this time and opposed to some other reviews. I'm assuming they corrected the issue. I would warn that about 0.2 miles before the actual orange trail there are several trees off to the left with orange ribbon. I don't know if it serves another purpose, remnants of the original trail, or an unsafe "joke" by some near do well hikers. Hopefully someone will fix that. Also, keep in mind that many trees have lichens on them that can appear like the faded white or blue blazes that are a part of the trail as well. All in all we managed 2.5mph with full packs which I was very happy with and came away with some great pictures.

Have done this hike multiple times now but on our most recent outing we took a different route. We entered from Shenandoah National Park(route above) which decreased the distance to around a six mile hike instead of 11. The first three miles are straight down to falls and overlook. It hadn't rained in awhile and the river was bone dry with the waterfall. The view was still great but we came for the waterfall. It made for a very long 3 mile hike back up and out.

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

5 months ago

This hike is well worth the view at the top. It is an uphill climb all the way, some parts steeper than others, but the trail was well maintained and easy to follow. A few areas were a bit muddy, most likely from past rains. It gets rocky the closer you get towards the peak so be prepared to maneuver rocks and climb a bit: because of this I would not recommend bringing dogs. The phenomenal view at the top makes the steeper parts of the trail worth it. Tracked my hike right at 5.5 miles, taking up two and a half hours: not including the time spent hanging out at the top.

Overall this hike was nice but not marked very well at all. A 6.6 mile hike turned into 10 because even with gps I got lost and turned around several times. Parked in the lot at Harpers Ferry, had to pay 10.00 for parking. It is a 1.5 to the actual trail. First 1.5 on trail was steep then tapered off. I usually hike Maryland Heights so it was nice getting a different view.

5 months ago

We did this on a Sunday. Not too many other people out. We did start clockwise and that did make the hike more challenging. Our Fitbit watches clocked this at about 9 miles round trip from the truck and about 200 flights of stairs. We did see a couple of bears in the large brush. Pretty views and a good workout.

Wonderful view from Split Rock. Also quite surprised with the two rocks along the trail that look like very out of place along the way to split rock. It was almost as impressive as the view from the top.

Fun hike with decent views east down the Potomac. Also pick up a little of the Appalachain Trail, it was fun to see the through hikers.

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.

Fun hike. Enjoyed the walk across the bridge over the Shenandoah and it's also part of the Appalachian Trail. You wind down under the bridge and then start heading up for awhile. It's a good climb but without much to look at. I did it with my chocolate lab and we reached the overlook in about an hour and a half. Great views from up there, a very solid payoff rewarding your efforts.

A fairly easy hike, though a couple of the hills will get your heart rate up. The meadows are the highlight, filled with butterflies and probably beautiful in the spring. Minimal parking at the trailhead, maybe 5 or 6 spots.

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.

Not my favorite -- terrible bugs. But the overlook is still really neat so I think if you are in the area, it is worth a trek!

The overlooks are amazing.

7 months ago

Down then up! Decent hike that allows you to run early on the downhill and then a steady climb coming back. I got stuck in a rain shower but the canopy of the trees keeps you almost completely dry. The streams were dry and the falls were just a trickle that wet the walls so not very scenic for august hike. I figured it would be dry. Some of the climbs are long and steep so be prepared to grind it out.

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