Explore the most popular birding trails in Shenandoah National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Perfect hike on a fall day. Never boring and the rock scramble really breaks things up. I like that you get the difficult part over with first and then end with a lovely 2.5 mile stroll down the fire road. Highly Recommend this hike.

Decent trail, not a lot of space at the overlook though. Probably would have rated the trail higher but the summit was too rocky for my dog to walk around on. Easy hike though if your looking for something quick and easy.

Good short hike. As noted by another review, it’s marked as “Frazier Discovery Trail”. Easy hike with good views. Trail isn’t very rocky so easy walking for the pup as well.

Took my 6 year old and my 4 year old and they had a good time. The right distance and a great view at the top.

It was a good bike first 2 miles difficult. You get spectacular views along the way. After 2 miles levels out to a trail intersection where we turned back. Nice hike

Super nice hike. Done it dozens of times and never gets old. A bit crowded on nice days so go off season if you can.

An incredible hike for experienced hikers, upper body strength is important throughout the rock scramble. You won’t find a better view in Virginia! Well worth the strenuous work. It states a 8.6ml hike. From the parking lot and back it’s actually 10.44, bring plenty of water and wear good hiking shoes!

Easy hike at the end of the day. Fun to walk up into the rocks.

Very challenging, beautiful hike. Definitely wear pants, hiking shoes, and I was really glad I wore gloves.

Long challenging but beautiful trail. Start early to avoid the crowds and it’ll be worth it

We went on a clear and sunny Friday morning after it had rained all night. We arrived at the parking lot around 7:30 am, but didn't start hiking until 8:30. This was intentional -- we wanted to get to the parking lot early enough to snag a spot and then take our time to eat breakfast and take advantage of the porta potties Don't underestimate the length and difficulty of this hike! It took us 6 hours to complete with several small breaks throughout.

The highlight of this hike is definitely the rock scrambling portion. Wear sturdy shoes with good grips and long pants if you can! There were plenty of times when I had to slide down a boulder or use my butt and knees to support myself, hah.

Next time we will probably take longer breaks and definitely bring more water.

Great short hike. Definitely check out both sides of the split. The left side brings you down a steep decline to a cool rock formation. To the right is a beautiful look out.

Hike Date: 10/6/18

The hike was awesome, as far as we got. The stream crossing is no joke, which we really weren't prepared for it. We did four crossings that got progressively harder and at the fifth crossing, we decided to turn back. I highly suggest bringing water shoes with a good grip and clothes that dry fast so you can just wade through. It might have been easier if it had not been raining as much this summer.

Other than that, it was incredibly beautiful and very secluded. We started later in the day, like 2:00pm, and there was only one other couple and a family coming back down right at the start, probably after turning around at a crossing.

5 days ago

Loved this hike! Fall weather is perfect for this trail because I hardly sweated at all (even though the hike is long)! Super beautiful views from so many spots and everyone is really friendly. No pets are allowed for a good reason (some parts are very challenging climbs)!

backpacking
5 days ago

We didn’t actually do the full loop because we were just backpacking in to camp one night by the river. We parked at Elkwallow Wayside and backpacked along the AT for about half a mile, then onto Jeremy’s Run Trail. We saw a bear about a mile into our hike. The path down to the river had a gentle grade then along the river it was very easy. There were several river crossings, and on a few of them we had to work hard to keep from getting our feet wet. We walked along the river for about six miles, then turned around and backtracked to a place we’d passed by earlier that was perfect for setting up our tent. It was a very pleasant night and we were awakened by what sounded like a group of barred owls calling to each other. The next day the hike out was very quick, and we saw a bear along the AT behind Elkwallow. There weren’t very many people on this trail. I think it’d be perfect for a family with young children because you don’t have to go very far before getting to the river.

hiking
5 days ago

Good day hike. We went to the right/CCW. After a short down hill there’s a steady ~3 mike uphill climb. Back 1/3 had a steep decline but it was on the short side. Awesome view of Shenandoah at the larger waterfall. Pretty muddy given all the recent rain. Tree cover along entire trail. About 5-6 stream closing that were easy but fun.

I did this hike yesterday. It was enjoyable. But it definitely clocked in at 9.1 miles instead of 7.3.

Such a fun hike. Tons of bouldering.

Summit is beautiful. Few summit locations if it is Not a hard hike, and very quick hike to summit.

hiking
7 days ago

Hiked this with a buddy and his dog. It was a nice drive out there. You hike about a mile out to the loop. We went left or clockwise and it was pretty muddy from rain the previous day. The first 2 miles of crossing creeks was a warm up for the real creek crossings and then the haul up a biggg hill. There were some campers at the first view of the waterfall. Looked beautiful and would camp there. The next mile and half were diff camping/view points with breath taking views. The last 5-6 miles was calming and very cool to walk thru. Made a rock tower in the little creek/dam/island area a mile from the start was awesome to chill in after a long hike.

Great short hike for a fall day (hiked 9/29) with good views. Not too many people on our Friday morning.

Amazing experience! Just watch the weather because it was dry and sunny at the base but rainy and slippery at the top. Also carry an extra jacket and leave your hands free; you’ll need them!

The view at the top is great and good for short hike. Not a 5-star though because we were aware of Skyline Drive for the first half of the hike. Trail traffic was moderate on a Wednesday.

hiking
9 days ago

Only managed to do part of the trail due to time restrictions, but decent hike. We went counter clockwise so had a decent amount of elevation change. Hope to return to finish the rest of the trail.

on Dickey Ridge Trail

hiking
10 days ago

All up hill from the start, no significant decline until you turn around. Not many views, just deer and bears. It's a great trail to train for mileage and incline.

A short but steady incline that takes you to some incredible views. This is a popular trail with a parking lot, bathrooms, and water at the bottom. Expect to see people, possibly quite a few if it's a weekend or holiday.

Nice trail. Very rocky path all the way up. I brought my three and a half year old son, and he completed the whole thing by himself (while holding my hand). Good trail for kids as long as they can hold onto you so they don't trip on one of the rocks.

A great weekend trip. We definitely underestimated the number of river crossings. I suggest water shoes or be prepared to stop and take your boots off and put them back on once you cross. The crossings were an inconvenience but they made the trip interesting. I will do this one again.

Ha! Looks like we are the only ones who missed the trail split for the East and West part ( the scenic bit) !!! We kept walking and walking and ended up back on Skyline Drive a couple of miles from the car where we started at the Compton Peak parking lot!
It was still a wonderful hike and I can’t wait to go back to see the views.

hiking
11 days ago

Simple, short, scenic sunrise hike. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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