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A really great hike. We went after a rain storm, and the waterfall was flowing heavy. We were fortunate to have the place to ourselves for a good half hour, it’s very serene as you’re sort of in your own cove beneath the falls. Would definitely do this hike again.

hiking
3 days ago

not an easy trail as it is listed. no signs, only painted colors on trees. not for kids by any means, no clear views of any water, muddy, overgrown. don't waste your time.

Nice hike. Cool streams along most of it. Beautiful waterfall at the end.

Change in elevation might be low, but not as easy as I would have thought. Not bad, a good moderate trial with wonderful views. Just surprised how much garbage people leave throughout the park :(

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.

Nice, mostly easy path (can take more challenging inclines if desired). The trails could be marked a little more clearly.

Great family hike. Waterfalls and rocky river views

Pretty descent down to the overlook. Not a lot of direct sunlight which helps keep you cool. Will work for your way back up but very doable. There is a picnic and restrooms area in the lot for pre/post needs.

very good hiking. not as much traffic as dark hollow fall.

horseback riding
17 days ago

Great horse trail. Only takes about 3 hours . Great day ride

Down, down, down means a long hike back up. One nice view of the falls on the way down, then you can circle back to the trailhead. If you have time and energy to go all the way to the base of the falls, go for it - it’s beautiful, but it’s the hardest part of the trail - steep and rocky.

Do not take your dog on this trail!!! It destroyed my dogs paw pads and she hasn't walked in days. She hikes every weekend and we have never had this problem before. Please don't make the same mistake I did!

Very nice short little hike. Surprisingly nice for being so close to Leesburg!

Great short, moderate hike. The first half of the trail is very well maintained and there are plenty of signs to keep you on the trail. The second half is a bit more rugged and has a few steep climbs. Even though the parking lot for the area was full, the trail was still lightly trafficked. There are plenty of paths from the trail that lead down to the water. The views, the moderate hills, and having the trail to ourselves the majority of the time earns this trail four stars.

Great hike. Steep and rocky

Nice walk along the river, a couple decent hills.

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.

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.

Not difficult and not fun in my opinion. The trail can go one way into an urban greenway along the Jerry Connelly cross country trail while the other gets you into Great Falls. If you don’t mind a few miles you can get into Great Falls without much effort. Parking is TERRIBLE and it is dangerous getting in and out of the parking area.

Nice little hike. Some parts were little steep.

Bears are definitely out and about in this area, especially on lightly travelled days. Started at the bottom with only two other cars there. Took the left path (Buck’s Ridge) to knock out those stairs first. I wasn’t sure I would be able to finish the remaining 8 mikes after those step up the side of the mountain! Levels out some after that.

About half way along the ridge, came up on a bear cub running through the woods. I hung back for 5-10 minutes to wait for them to move along. As I continued on, I spotted the momma bear down the hill looking up at me. Continued on to not stick around that area.

Hit the parking area for Mary’s Rock without seeing another person. Passed a few people while heading to the top there. Great views!

On the way back down, maybe a quarter mile from the top, I startled another bigger bear that I didn’t notice as I came around a bend. It took of running into the woods, and looked back as I moved along.

Took the Buck’s Hollow trail back down to the car, not seeing another person on that trail either. It follows a stream most of the way down, which was nice.

Definitely recommend this hike!

very beautiful hike down to the waterfall and along the creek.

The views of the falls during the descent down are lacking. However, the base of the falls is spectacular and something that shouldn't be missed. The hike difficulty is moderate, but nothing that most semi-in shape people couldn't handle.

trail running
1 month ago

The scenery is great! It’s a rocky trail but there are some areas that give your feet some rest. I wouldn’t rate this as hard though, probably on the harder side of moderate but not hard. Also, I’ve hike this trail twice and it is not 7.1 miles, it is over 8 miles.

Started on Skyline, went down Buck Hallow, up on Buck Ridge and all the way up to Mary’s Rock. A tough climb but I’d totally recommend this direction! This trail had everything— water, woods, views. Buck Hallow is lovely along the river with some small falls and easy water crossings. The descent isn’t too steep but it’s constant. Really glad I went up Buck Ridge because there were some spots I wouldn’t want to go down (including the stairs!). Once you’re up it flattens out which is a nice way to end the loop. Mary’s Rock was tough after the ~6 mile loop but what a view from the top! Well worth it! Loved this hike!

Great hike, nice and quiet. And with all the rain the waterfall was stunning

Great Hike, nice waterfalls. Not too strenuous or muddy. The area between high and low falls is a little steep, but it’s not too bad. Plenty of spurs to go off the main trail and get up close to the water. Plenty of flat rocks to relax and have lunch on.

Got a late start because the road at the base was washed out so you have to go around to Skyline drive if it’s rained recently.

Great 3 hour trip. Beautiful along the river, especially after the rain. The base of the waterfall is absolutely worth the detour! The fire road back is a pretty steady incline through the woods but the shade makes it manageable.

lots of walking and walking

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