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Somewhat steep going up to the rocks, but beautiful view at the top! Lots of people on the trail Veterans Day Weekend.

Super easy trail, it became a bit slick with all the wet fallen leaves but with the right walking stick you'll be cruising and your ankles will be thanking you. the over look was not far at all.

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fee
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muddy
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1 day ago

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closed
1 day ago

Trail is closed as of November due to active firearms in use : (

Only saw three on the AT on a Saturday in November. I would recommend starting at the falls, venture to spy, head back to priest, and back down the falls if you’re up for a little extra mileage. I wish I had, but I’m still beat having not with only a very light pack. Don’t forget $3 for parking or $5 if 2020 or later. No charge for parking if you park on top of the falls on Crabtree road, and it’s an easier hike to the falls from up top. Only go to the last scenic viewpoint about 3/4 way up the falls for an easy experience that’s just as good as the rest.

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rocky
washed out
4 days ago

Really good trail very steep though but ounce you get to the top the view is absolutely amazing! Very rocky though so he cautious.

I hiked this trail on a Tuesday in early November (Election Day) and encountered dozens of people on the blue-blazed trail up from the parking lot and on the rocks. The views from the rocks are spectacular. The trail up is very steep and rocky but well-maintained, marked and easy to follow. I took the longer Appalachian Trail route back down to the parking lot. This route has nice forest scenery and is easy on the knees. I crossed two spring-fed streams on the way down.

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rocky
6 days ago

The north river is very high I had to cross in about 3 feet of water, thankfully that was at the end of the trip a few hundred yards from the parking lot. This trip was on the White Oak Trail all the way to Shaffer Trail where there is an excellent campsite. I was going to do the loop but with all the water crossings I changed my mind and made this an out and back.

I am new to Virginia and this was my first hiking adventure. It did not disappoint! Beautiful views in every direction and the falls…oh my goodness! I will definitely visit again.

Short out and back on 1/4 the loop

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rocky
8 days ago

The ascent/descents are long, but very gradual. There is no actual clearing/view on the white trail part other than being able to see through the trees, but is still a nice rocky segment to do. Had done as multiple loops going up Massanutten and coming down Tuscarora. I thought the Massanutten switchback ascent part of the loop was rather scenic with several exposed areas to look across to opposite mountain.

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rocky
8 days ago

Where this trail ends (as highlighted) is only the first view of several others. If you continue about .5-1 mile, you'll see others among some rocky outcrops. Super rocky, but well worth it.

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rocky
8 days ago

The long, broad switchbacks can make these ascents/descents feel like there is no end...though at the same time they are so gradual it makes it pretty easy to keep a decent pace without losing all your energy. The trails are a great narrow/rocky ledge type of trails (some areas through pine). Had done while half the trees had already lost the leaves so was able to get views across to the other mountain pretty much the whole way up. The Massanutten trail gets pretty rocky the higher you get with some parts being completely rocks. The northern part of the loop on Massanutten Trail is just a wide gravel road up to Signal Knob. The trails are all well marked and in good shape. Had done loops including the Meneka Peak Trail, but there isn't any clearings/lookouts on that trail other than looking through the trees.

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rocky
8 days ago

on Meneka Peak Loop

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rocky
9 days ago

loved hanging out by the waterfall!

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muddy
9 days ago

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9 days ago

Muddy in parts. Lots of slippery leaves. But overall beautiful hike.

I’d recommend not doing this hike late Oct/early Nov because there is a one mile downhill and the trail is entirely rocky with loose screed-like debris. The time of year we did it, the trail was covered with leaves and it was impossible to pick good footing—ankle twisting and slipping downhill common amongst all of us. I think if one did the trail loop anti clockwise as opposed to the clockwise this app suggests, might be a better option for this time of year.

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