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Amazing trail! Very rewarding with the views on the summit. Recommended.

Great hike. Be prepared for. Rocky path.

Good beginners trail. Enjoyed the walk. Three hours with nature!!!!

Great trail. We did this trail last month and only saw a few other people hiking it as well. Great views at the top. Added bonus was seeing a black bear on the trail near the parking lot.

Great hike, devils pool is refreshing.....but rocks are very slippery! Hardly any restrooms though

Hiked this after a storm last night. Wet & muddy, but that's why boots are made. Very nice hike, but the trails are poorly marked. Some signage would be great - Glad I had the All trails app). The bakery in St Peter's village is sweet (pun intended!).

hiking
22 days ago

It's not the hidden gem that it used to be but it's still a great place to hike. Most people stick to the lower area but if you're adventurous you can head up top and find an old quarry in the middle of the woods with a pretty cool overlook.

An excellent hike! Your thighs will be burning by the time you reach the top of the waterfall! I did the complete loop -- anticlockwise -- which takes you up the waterfall, and back around to the parking area (at the boundary, not Skyline Drive) via the fire road. Next time I'll take the advice of other reviewers and come back down the waterfall. The fire road did seem to go on for a long time -- still in the beautiful forest, but with nothing much to look at. It was an unusually cool day -- around 70 degrees -- but it was very humid hiking up the waterfall. I can't imagine what it would be like on a sweltering August day! So you might consider a change of shirt for when you get back in your nice vehicle. And maybe a change of pants in case your run into a bear. :)

It is a good trial did it with my family any bike works and it was a breeze but the kids had some trouble going up the hills

Love!! Went here because it’s close to my sisters in the city but still on the way from Chalfont area. Hike was a workout and kicked my butt! (In the best way of course). I loved that it was easy enough but harder than most of my go-to trails. Will definitely be returning :) watch for the little spiders that build their web right across the trails!

Great trail - challenging but not overly steep and it’s relatively short. Dog loved it and was able to complete the rock scramble at the top. Beautiful views at the summit but also along the way. Decent tree coverage which helps in the summer - we began our hike at 11 am on a warm July day and the only part that was truly bad temp wise was the summit. Recommend this hike! Trail is pretty rocky (smaller rocks), so make sure to pay attention and keep your balance.

This is an awesome trail! What a unique experience to be able to hike up a waterfall. We decided to do the hike up and back because others suggested that this route was more scenic than the fire road loop. The ascent (2 miles) is a steep incline with a bit of rock scrambling and scattered steps. You cross over the water multiple times, zig zagging your way up. You gain the nearly all of the elevation in the first 1.7 miles up, so get ready to work! When you reach the top there is no view or summit, just an option to continue down other trails. Coming back down is steep, so take your time! For up and back the trail is 4 miles: as an experienced hiker, without stopping, this hike took me 2 hours. It was an awesome opportunity to hike in a bit of different scenery, it was so beautiful! Would definitely suggest!

Well maintained and wide trail. It's not steep so doesn't feel like it has that much elevation. Short but really enjoyable view at the end.
I'm planning to try this again with kids on fall.

Completed this hike counterclockwise as recommended on a 100 degree day in DC- was very HOT even inside the forest. We appreciated the shade and cold water it provided though for the first hour along the waterfall. We completed it in little over 2 hours...if going again will definitely try to go up by the falls and come back down via the falls. The downhill walk felt super long and on gravel.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the best hikes I’ve found in this part of the country. I did it a little different than most people, instead of the circuit I started from the top and climbed down to the bottom before turning around and climbing back up. I thought it was even more challenging that way as you skip almost all of the flat terrain going around.

It’s great that they allow dogs, just make sure your dog is an experienced hiker. My dog is a very experienced hiker and even he is really sore and tired today (as am I). I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone inexperienced person or dog.

The way-finding is decent, but not always the most intuitive. That plus a lack of good views gives it 4 Stars in my opinion, but I rarely give 5 Stars out. It’s a very good trail and I would certainly recommend it for anyone looking for a challenging hike. Certainly one of the best in the region.

A very steep trek and extremely rocky. By no means is it an easy trail. I had two separate close encounters with black bears along this trail, but that can happen anywhere in Shenandoah.

Great trail for beginners. Beautiful place, not crowded at all. Creek and waterfall were nice.

We hike the white and blue trails , like other people have commented some spots are not marked good but with the help of the state park trail maps we found our way ok and you can use your GPS nice hike enjoyed the trail through the woods and by the falls, watch lots of leaves and pine needles can be slippery especially on the steep trails

Great experience!

Hi there fellow nature lover :-)...are you up for a 3-hour adventure you will probably not forget anytime soon? Then you should go ahead and check this one out!!! fun! Go ahead---eat some yummy carbohydrates and just do it!

RAWGs review=

!!perfect day for this one! 60 degree weather and it just got done raining. I actually got a little chilly after doing all of the climbing. Be advised, do this one counterclockwise. You would not want to come down the Falls, it's much better to go up them. yes -you easily climb over a thousand feet in the first 1.7 miles!!!. if you are brand new to hiking, this one might be tricky for a first-timer:-)
The trail (blue blaze first half -yellow second half) is very clear the whole way except for some portions criss crossing the waterfalls--- rock scrambling included. Would not bring young children on this hike ---unless they are half monkey and/or just badass :)

The RAWG recommends using the following equipment: at least one trekking Pole, ankle supported shoes or boots. (the more waterproof the better :-)

Very beautiful hike-that's the bottom line... & a very very peaceful hike, did not see a soul, except my trekking pole (haha) At mile 5.1 ... just when I thought this was a kinda bland part of the trail...a black bear scrambled down a tree and scared the doggoned Dookie out of me haha. but as I turned my music down, he just scrambled up the hill. (guess it was a boy, I did not see his name tag :-)

In summary--- you will climb for about the first two miles or so. Then you will come to a nice widening of the path.
(which is where I took my snack break... also drink one 3 Liter Camelback on this trip)
Then it's a very wide service road the whole way down. A nice old ass cemetery at the very end of hike- with a "blue" poem sign. I didn't let sadness felt throughout the poem bother me, as life is all about change anyway. you know :-) time marches on.

Again---Very very beautiful hike. especially the first two miles, lots of picture taking and videos. The first half, AKA The Climb...the sound of water will keep you company... the second half AKA The Descent, The Sound of Silence will accompany you.

ñjoy the journey. yes, this one is a blast.:-)

The original RAWG-11jun18

This has to be the best hike I’ve done in Virginia. The entire first segment you are literally following the river/waterfall up the mountain. The remainder of the hike is a little less spectacular, but still features the gorgeous Shenandoah scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail would be nice if it weren’t for all the graffiti and litter. A decent amount of people were around, and we were the only ones that actually leashes our dog. It’s a shame that others had to ruin the nature.

hiking
2 months ago

Not well marked out starting off. Followed blue and then yellow trail markers.
Lots of mud and washed out paths.
My dog loved it.
Cool graffiti and scenery.
Overall ok but maybe go when it hasn’t rained in awhile.
Take time to walk through the little town. Super cute and fun picture spots.

hiking
2 months ago

I love this place because of the cute little shops you can visit and the big rocks that you can hop across on the river. There’s an abandoned railroad bridge that is gated off from the world which is disappointing.

Hiked this in the rain. Incredible hike and TONS OF WATER FEATURES.

It was a decent trail. little confused by the posted trail as it went into the water. this was my first time using the app but when I got done with the hike I realized it would have been better to used the saved recordings of other users as they were able to find the correct markings to follow...next time. from what I did see there werent that many views or real falls. a good hike just to walk through woods.

Loved this! So much fun and challenging for the first two miles. Great View around mile 3.

Great trail for leg conditioning. Many steps during the steep climb up along the stream and waterfalls. The return trail is a fire road back to the parking area.

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