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Was there today, did the trail clockwise, it starts with a steep climb, had to take several breaks on my way to the summit, but it was ok, and the summit wasn’t that far. The rest of the trail was mostly downhill so it was pretty easy too. It took me around 2,5 hours or so. I expect the trail to be a little harder counter clockwise, will be doing it that way next time. Definitely can recommend it. The summit view is amazing!

Easy hike with an excellent view. Saw two bears.

backpacking
3 days ago

Decided to do a last minute backcountry camp by the falls. Enjoyed the hike down and up very much, little hard on the knees going down and gets you winded going up especially when you backpacking with an old alice pack with 40lbs of camp gear. Nonetheless it was a great time.

hiking
11 days ago

What a great little hike to an amazing view point. Not super hard, but takes an hour and a half to go out and back while enjoying the view. Some elevation change, but do-able for our family of 8 and 11-year old kids and a dog. Absolutely deserted at 10 am on 4th of July week! Take advantage of this hidden gem!

P.S. Why are there two descriptions of the same hike on AllTrails?

hiking
11 days ago

One of our favorites in our three years of coming to Shenandoah. Start left and follow the river. Take a dip in a nice rapid-laden pool and enjoy the scenery and (cold!) water. This is a slightly strenuous but very do-able hike. We took our dog along with our 7 and 10 year old daughters who, though they complained a bit near the end, were troopers and pulled it off on a hot day. Sneaking over to Dark Hollows is a must and saves you the trouble of doing that hike separately. We got to see a bear and a few deer on the way. I can't recommend this trail enough for a great family day hike!

hiking
13 days ago

Gorgeous trail the follows the river.

After a short meadow walk, a number of downhill (and then uphill) climbs, and three water crossings, we were rewarded with a great history lesson at President Hoover’s camp. Enjoy the Prime Minister’s Cabin ... great stories and history. The climb back to the start (this is an out and back) is mostly uphill ... but you get the fun of crossing the river again three times.

hiking
21 days ago

We are not in the best shape, so this was a great hike for us. The view is just amazing!

This was our first hike in Shenandoah, and it certainly has set the bar high!! We followed the advice of other posts below to ascend on the Salamander Trail which connects to Hawksbill. About a quarter mile from the summit, there is a pile of rocks on your left, we climbed up and saw some amazing views!! Don’t miss it! I took my 8 month old Irish Setter, and he did great. The descent on the Hawksbill gap is somewhat steep, but not anything to worry about. As others mentioned, the parking lot does fill up quickly. We started our hike at 8:00 AM, and there were only a few cars parked. When we returned at 10:00 AM, it was nearly full with people everywhere. Also, there was no line to get into the park, but by time we left there were 10+ vehicles waiting to get in. One thing to note, the description says the entrance fee is $20 - it’s actually $30! Have a great hike!!

This was a nice, leisurely hike, and well worth the view from the summit. We started at the Stony Man parking area (near Skyland), and just followed the trail. Wide and relatively flat, although it was a bit rocky at times. Pass the crossing Appalachian Trail and you will approach a fork; we took the right fork but either way meets again at the summit. The views were fantastic. (On the way back down we did cross on to the Appalachian Trail an on to the Passamaquoddy trail, which is a much different hike!)

hiking
23 days ago

I walked this trail with my two year old son riding in my pack. It was a little more treacherous than I would have liked, considering such. The rain washed out a good portion of the road and it gets pretty slippery. But the ruins were really neat and worth the short hike.

Did it today visa the Lower Hawsksbill parking lot and Salamander trail. Lots of amazing views! The rocky outcropping at the summit is a fun (optional) scramble. This one seemed to be a popular one for families

hiking
28 days ago

What a hidden gem! We did the trail as a late afternoon filler hike and we are so happy we chose it. We stayed at Skyland numerous times and never once even heard it mentioned. We only encountered one other family on the trail, out and back. Fairly short trail but it was a fun trail for the kids with lots of rocks to climb down and up, pretty untamed, but you never felt unsafe. The view was spectacular. With the vantage point being out on an outcrop, the view was at least 180 degrees, including being able to look back toward the mountains. The first portion of the trail is pretty lame with there having been a cell tower, lots of cleared trees, and a road running parallel for the first 500 feet. I thought we made a mistake at first in choosing this trail, but it soon became pretty neat. In my view, it's at least as good as Stony Man, the main attraction at Skyland. If you have walking issues, then this is not a trail for you, but my kids are generally bored on an overly groomed trail. The directions are pretty bad on this site (but that doesn't warrant giving THE TRAIL a one star, which is just ridiculous), but the confusion may be in part because of the fairly new *gravel* road. Park on the grass at the Skyland Amphitheater, walk back to the *paved* road you drove in on, take a left, walk 100 feet, look to the left, and, Voila!, there's the sign for the trail (right across from the nearest Skyland cabins you see from the Amphitheater).

hiking
30 days ago

So this is a great hike—my new favorite in SNP. Make sure you go left at the start and not down the fire road. Two things to know. First, out and back is 4.5 miles. The trail is 2.9, but there’s .5 before you reach it to the left and 1.1 on the fire road on the way out (or vise versa is you start the other way). Second, the uphill on the last 2 of the trail is a fairly strenuous uphill. My 9-year-old has no problem with it and neither did I will a 30 lb pack. Can’t say the same for others on the hike. If you’re out of shape, this will help with that, but you will likely hurt a bit tomorrow.

Loved it! Spectacular views. I have arthritis in my knees, hips and lower back. It was easier going up than coming down. The slope coming down put a lot of pressure on my hips and back. My 5 year old niece handled it no problem.

hiking
1 month ago

I love this trail of waterfalls especially after all the rain we had this spring. I brought my tripod and did an awesome photo/video shoot early enough in the morning when I was the only one there. Buungeng by the waterfall is a beautiful experience. I took my time at some of the most impressive spots and captured my moving meditations and the falls on video. The trail became much busier as the day went on. I also did the Dark Hollow Trail which was quite steep but gorgeous. On my way back down, I took the fireroad and after coming around a bend, came eye to eye with a mama bear and her two cubs. Hiking alone.... oiiii! It has it's pros and cons and this was not my idea of a good time. The cubs went off into the woods but big mama watched me intently as I backed away.... even took a few steps towards me. I was petrified as she did not take her eyes off of me! I went back around the bend from which I had come and waited. Two fly fishermen approached and I told them my dilemma. They had a whistle which they used to scare the cubs up into the trees so that mama wasn't going anywhere. So much for whistles! Two more hikers came along and then we all decided to just go for it in hopes that mama bear would stay by her cubs which were only about 50-100 yards from the trail. OMG, now I've got myself a whistle but am wondering if I need bear spray too....

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike today on Rose River, my dog and I loved it!
The waterfalls are lovely!

hiking
1 month ago

Saw two bear cubs today! This trail is an awesome hike with the river and all its cascades, watering holes and small falls beside most of the trail. Going left at the start is definitely the way to go. I did it on a Tuesday and saw quite a few peeps along the way but not too many. I'm sure this would be well traveled on the weekends. I wanted to extend the hike to include the Dark Hollow Falls Trail but the group I was with weren't into it. I will definitely be back to this one many times! It's an hour and a half drive from home, but worth it!

This trail is very easy can be done in less then 1 hour. The view from the top is amazing and worth the quick hike. We went when it was about to thunderstorm and that is a bad idea, almost got hit by lightning so be careful. The summit is very small and can maybe host 6 people comfortably. We also saw 3 black bears on the way to the summit.

Loved this hike! Several smaller overlooks to stop at before hitting the summit and neat changes in landscape. This might be a new Shenandoah favorite. Took three pups and they all did well.

well worth the effort saw bear and cubs, beautiful wildflowers, and an amazing veiw to finish it off.

Gorgeous, and it is fairly easy. Loved the ferns as they were really a great part of the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent trail with great places to dip your feet in the stream. Very moderate hike with beautiful scenery throughout. Highly recommended!!

An easy walk-in/walkout trail (not a loop) along a ridge line to a stone observation platform with gorgeous views including Stony Man. Takes off from Skyland Resort near the stables.

Awesome hike- breathtaking views. Was pretty busy when we went. Lot of family’s bringing kids. There was a strenuous hill and it was rocky on other side. Overall loved it!

hiking
2 months ago

What a way to spend my 60th Birthday. Beautiful scenery and a challenge scrambling up the rocks on our way back up to the parking lot. Trail is not for a novice!

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic hike! Two-thirds of this loop follows cascading creeks/falls, easily walkable trail. Took our miniature dachshund and he loved it. Easily one of our favorites in Shenandoah NP!

hiking
2 months ago

Super easy and nice hike! Not very scenic on the way though... but the view from the summit totally worth it!

Great easy trail with amazing views at the top!

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