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on Rose River Trail

hiking
6 hours ago

Go clockwise. Great trail.

hiking
1 day ago

Hiked clockwise from Fisher’s Gap Overlook parking. Dense forest but not too much understory to impede forest views. Initially the surface was good gravel with few obstructions and a comfortable downhill. At 1.1 miles the trail becomes rockier, more narrow and a little steeper downhill. And some not-too-challenging roots. With denser understory. And the sounds of the creek. About 50 yards further down the trail joins the noisy creek in a very picturesque ravine. Dappled sunlight filtering down on the understory. At 1.4 miles the creek becomes a “river”. Soon, at the upper falls Overlook we scramble down large boulders about 20 or 30 feet to get a good base view. Good placement of rock steps around falls. At 1.9 miles we re-join the creek after separating for a bit. Then quickly the creek we head south southeast and the trail turns west southwest. Starting a gradual easy rise. As we proceed slowly uphill Hogcamp creek appears on our left below us and heading counter to our hike. We come up on the weathered concrete compressor foundation from the old abandoned copper mine. Creek Crossing on large stones. Then we come to a foot bridge about 50 feet long, arched. With hog camp branch Creek on our right we enjoy numerous lovely small cascades as we hike up. After the bridge the trail becomes rockier, a bit of a scramble. But the lovely small and noisy heavy running cascades continue, seemingly without end. On and on, the cascades continue getting progressively smaller but no less noisy. We arrive at the fire road bridge across the creek. At this point we chose to add Dark Hollow Falls, a 1/2 mile total, steep, but well-groomed climb. This is where the large crowds are, having hiked the short trail down from Dark Hollow Falls parking. Hiking up the last run to the falls we encounter more crowds. Dark Hollow Falls were active, an unusually wet summer. start Back down to the fire road bridge and an easy uphill hike out on the fully gravel, nicely graded fire road completes a memorable hike. For us, better than the Two sets of falls were the numerous, lovely and heavily flowing and noisy, smaller cascades of Hog Camp Creek.

hiking
3 days ago

After many weeks of good solid rain storms the river and falls were spectacular. Hiked down on to the falls and looked back to the fire road. Strenuous up and down but next to the river, so lots of opportunities to stop and let our dog cook off in the pools under each waterfall. Moderate traffic, fire road is easy level terrain. In 2 days we saw3 bears, and heard we missed 11 others within minutes. All were Momas with cubs, so stay alert.

hiking
4 days ago

Trails well maintained but upper trails to the view of the cliffs still closed because its private property. Fortunately I got to hike it and nice pics before it closed.

on Bull Run Trail

hiking
4 days ago

This is a great day trail to take kids and pets on. Its fun and easy. And its beautiful.

on Rose River Trail

hiking
4 days ago

I love this hike. Its a bit of a walk, but you hike right next to rose river and the scenery is just beautiful. Recommend sometime in spring or fall.

This is a perfect place to build your kids’ hike stamina. We are avid hikers and it’s important to us that our kids enjoy hiking as a family. We build our kids up to longer and more strenuous hikes over time, but generally follow the principle that kids should be able to hike 1 mile for every year of age. We just hiked this trail again today and our 23 month old hiked the entire green circuit (3.25 miles). Our kids (7, 4 & nearly 2) really enjoy this hike and it’s nice that there’s a great place to stop and play in the water and picnic lunch roughly at the halfway point. It’s also a boone that it’s not as popular as SNP hikes as far as foot traffic.

on Burke Lake Trail

mountain biking
4 days ago

This little haven in the middle of Fairfax is the nicest place you can get away to with just driving 10-15mins from home. We enjoy every time we come here. Mostly for walking, fishing, and biking. Its open year round.

A wonderful, secluded patch of greenery with scenic trails and a calm, glistening body of water. A good soft breeze flows here, accompanied with the aroma of pine. Would do again! :)

hiking
9 days ago

Amazing trail, almost everywhere you look a postcard photo along the rivers and waterfalls

Fantastic hike! got the recommendation from the fine folks at DeMello Vineyards (a must visit when you are there). Spectacular views of the waterfalls and wildlife. Saw a bear, a doe and her fawn, and lush scenery!

hiking
14 days ago

Really enjoyed this trail. Sorry couldn’t get my app to work. 2.9 miles to bottom on horse (yellow) and blue blazes. Came back 1.1 miles on Fire road. Water features were beautiful. Would have liked to go in. Some areas not well marked.

Love the rock scrambles. Easy enough for novice hikers that are relatively active, as well as our small dog. Started on the river trail which had the most of the scrambles, then to the ridge trail, then swamp. I think we were on the Difficult Run Trail as well at some point.

hiking
16 days ago

Nice loop around a quaint lake. Perfect place to run! There are a lot of activities in the park to do other than the trail like fishing, golfing, mini-golf, carousel, train, boating, and frisbee golf

Went with husband, 14 yo son and dog. Fun trail for dogs and kids. Was muddy after rains, but didn't bother us. There are 2 creeks to cross by walking over rocks (fun!) and one small wooden bridge. We picked up the trail at the parking lot off Mt. Hope Rd. and walked north to see the dam that they are working on. It was about 1.2 miles each way. Trail was pretty easy to follow, though a bit overgrown in places, and there are some markings. It is also mostly shaded.

hiking
20 days ago

Lots of water on the trail and rushing thru the river/creek. It was a good afternoon hike that challenged us pretty good.

hiking
26 days ago

I hiked this trail today with one of my pups. I chose to go down the Rose trail, venture to dark hollow falls and then return via the fire road. My god said the route was about 4.25 miles.

Overall this was a very nice hike. There are a few sections that are a bit rocky or steep, but the vast majority of the hike is quite scenic and easy going.

hiking
27 days ago

I brought my 12 year old and 5 year old with me. Both had a blast and were able to walk the entire way without trouble. Paths were clean and cleared. Just follow the blue markers.

Easy, flat hike. After the rain there is some areas that are muddy/watery. Lots of mosquitoes.

trail running
29 days ago

I live down the road from this trail and love it for biking and running. One of the best 3mi loops I have been on. Tons of scenery and a variety of terrain (rocks, roots, flat plains, etc). I am here 3 times a week. Adequate parking, safe, and multiple trail routes. The outer loop is the 3mi one I am reviewing.

hiking
1 month ago

As peaceful as it is, we got covered in ticks. Half of the trail isn't paved nor landscaped. You have to cross a major road at one point after the historical landmarks.

backpacking
1 month 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.

VOF ruined this trail. First, the closure at the top which, let’s be real, was the only worthwhile part of this trail. Otherwise it’s just a walk on the woods. It was supposed to be temporary, it has been closed for several years now and “rangers” are indicating its permanent.
Also, even if you wanted to walk the other boring trails, they now close the mountain in the winter, sometimes during the week during other seasons, and don’t post or update websites.
Please take the management of this area away from VOF!

I usually add a couple more miles of the blue Bull Run trail to this but overall a fun little run. Make sure to study the map beforehand, the trailblazes are tricky the first time you go on it. Gets quite muddy after rain but on sunny days it is nice! This trail mostly follows the creek. There are some rocks and a semi-steep uphill climb at the very end—depending which way you start. Pretty busy on the weekends.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great hike close to home. The trail is not cleaned up of branches and fallen trees regularly but I don’t mind. The lake is beautiful.

Fun 4.6 mile trail. The swamp and ridge part of trail has a lot of tree cover and stays cooler even during summer days. The river side of the trail is rugged and can get hot due to comparatively less tree cover.

hiking
1 month 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!

Good trail but you can easily add more distance by adding additional trails. The swamp trail is nice because I rarely see anyone else on it. It is perfect for avoiding all the crowds of the towpaths.

This is the place where lot of marathon runners train.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous trail the follows the river.

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