Explore the most popular No Dogs 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.

hiking
rocky
scramble
22 hours ago

This is a beautiful trail that is almost certainly the pearl of Shenandoah. As a result it is PACKED on the way up, so if that’s not your jam you may want to look elsewhere. If you don’t mind the company it actually makes for some great camaraderie once you get close to the top. The beginning is mostly switchbacks that eventually turns into a more rocky type scramble once you get a little closer to the top. BE AWARE of the arrows when making your way through the rocks, the trail is not always labeled well in this section and we got lost for nearly 20 minutes following others that were going the wrong way. Definitely do the loop because it is different scenery and the fire road is easier on the knees. Enjoy the stunning views at the top!

Nice hike with some beautiful waterfalls! The hike down is easy because you start at the top and walk down the falls, so the way up is more challenging.

lovely short hike! Awesome rock to sit at at the end to look out over the valley. Would do again!

BEST hike in the park for sure! We got an early start, and had to walk a while to get to the trail head, but once we started we were in the woods until the ridge. It was uphill, but the switchbacks made it feel more moderate than it actually was. The entire ridge up to the summit (1.5 miles maybe??) was all a rock scramble which was SO MUCH FUN! It was challenging for sure, but the scramble was so interesting I was very distracted. Not suitable for everyone, but if you're somewhat active you should be okay!

Fantastic trail to begin on! Hiked this our first day. Moderate trail with a bunch of rock scrambling that made the hike so much fun... a little preparation for hiking Old Rag! Very worth it to hike

Beautiful mostly easy alongside River lots of waterfalls

Moderate trail, and probably one of the best in the area. Take food and plan according to get back down before dark. Views are of the whole Shenandoah valley.

I loved this hike! It’s fun and quick which made it the PERFECT sunset hike.

Beautiful view. No wildlife as ther's too many people

my first hike! was challenging and super worthwhile. i enjoyed the rock scramble especially.

nice little hike, the return is a little demanding, but the falls down are worth it!

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

Great views, and definitely a workout! Lots of hikers joking at the scramble about the “how hard can it be?” - thought they had when reading the reviews. More challenging than we thought, but super rewarding, and everyone finished. Due to active bears in the area, we had to listen to a ranger talk before getting on the trail. We didn’t see any bears on our morning hike.

Great hike. Beautiful all the way down. Amazing plants and falls are gorgeous. The climb back up is long and steep. There are roots and rocks. Bring water and make sure you wear the proper shoes. I saw a lot of people with inappropriate footwear for the trail.

Love this trail... might take longer with little ones in tow but fun for everyone!

We hike this every year!

hiking
scramble
4 days ago

hiking
scramble
4 days ago

Amazing trail! The rock scramble was a ton of fun! The descent was a bit long and monotonous, but well worth it for the ascent and the views

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 days ago

Completed in 5.75 hours. I am not an avid hiker or athletic, boyfriend works out 2-3 times per day and helped push me through. Definitely harder in the first two hours than what I was expecting but I did read a lot of reviews that warned for overall difficulty. First two was rocky trail with switchbacks up to the rock scramble. A few beautiful false summits along the way. Next approx hour was boulder scramble which was super fun. Takes your mind off of anything else but hand and foot placement. The view was absolutely incredible. Only stayed for a short time because of a storm blowing in. An hour or a little less down rocky trail before you hit the fire road. I’d say the sign lies about 2.5 miles and it’s closer to 3.5 but that’s just by my pace guess - it was miserable my boring. Overall an amazing hike - didn’t run into many people or get slowed down. Definitely doing this one again.

hiking
scramble
4 days ago

This hike is no joke. Very difficult and totally worth it! If you are not in good physical shape do not attempt this hike. The rock scramble has sections that we need to be able to lift yourself up. Make sure you wear good grippy shoes so you do not lose your footing.

Great hike for a short out and back hike. The hike down is deceptively steep, which you definitely notice coming back up. Lots of places to explore the falls to get away from the crowds, too.

I've done my share of tough hikes, but this one is easily one the hardest I've ever done. It's challenging physically and mentally in a way that a heavily trafficked trail in a busy national park seldom is. Going up is taxing, so by the time you get to the rock scrambling you are tired just as it's getting to be where you need to be sharpest. I wouldn't say any of the scrambling is dangerous, but being tired makes it all the more hard. Getting to the top feels like a genuine accomplishment which is always a good thing for a hike. The hike down the mountain is anticlimactic as you might imagine, but can't anything from the ascent. I went in the height of summer, I bet it's a lot more pleasant in October!

hiking
scramble
5 days ago

Loved this trail. Be aware there is some rock scrambling and ridge walking. Worth the Beautiful view. Great trail for kids that are used to scrambles and a little climbing adventure. Meets up with the Appalachian Trail.

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

Great trail! Definitely NOT a moderate one . If you’re afraid of heights stay away from it.

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

This is definitely the most rewarding hike I’ve ever completed. The views were unbelievable, however it is extremely challenging. There are many parts of this trail that will really test you-jumping and climbing rocks with no room for error if you are to fall. At the end of the hike, I could not believe how sick I felt but also how happy I was that I was able to finish it. So all and all, amazing experience.

This is a great hike. I would rate the trail as moderate more then difficult, but it can be a challenge depending on trail conditions. We did the counterclockwise and really enjoyed these falls.

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