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Shenandoah National Park encompasses part of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the state of Virginia. This national park is long and narrow, with the broad Shenandoah River and valley on the west side, and the rolling hills of the Virginia Piedmont on the east. Shenandoah's Blue Ridge Mountains are covered by hardwood forests that are home to tens of thousands of animals. The Skyline Drive and Appalachian Trail run the entire length of this narrow park that has more than 500 miles (800 km) of hiking trails along scenic overlooks and waterfalls of the Shenandoah River. The highest peak is Hawksbill Mountain at 4,051 feet (1,235 m).
On the morning we chose to hike this loop, there was a heavy blanket of fog in the valley. It almost gave it an eerie feeling walking by the river and falls with limited visibility. Very unique given the weather conditions. Would certainly hike this trail again.
We hiked this trail on a foggy day & it gave the trail a really cool feel. It runs right along the water which is awesome. Falls are great! We went straight at the the beginning of the trail instead of to the left, so hiking back to the top was pretty challenging but still enjoyable.
Great short hike for kids. Go past the rock formation to find a rocky path that leads you to the very top of the large cliff. The rocks at the top are easy to climb and a fun "real" rock climbing experience for my kids, 5 & 7. The roundtrip hike would take about 30 mins but they explored and climbed the rock formation for about an hour.