Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

It was a beautiful day although the humidity made the views less than optimal.

hiking
2 days ago

Excellent trail with great places to dip your feet in the stream. Very moderate hike with beautiful scenery throughout. Highly recommended!!

hiking
3 days ago

very nice hike, be prepared to sweat if you hike spring and summer time. beautiful views!!!

One of my favorite hikes ever!! Gorgeous views and all types of terrain

Stunning views !!

My dogs and I walked down to the water falls are many days of rain, It was more impressive than I expected. Best think to see it after some rain. A nice walk in the rain,

An easy walk-in/walkout trail (not a loop) along a ridge line to a stone observation platform with gorgeous views including Stony Man. Takes off from Skyland Resort near the stables.

Beautiful waterfall hike in early May. Lots of water running over falls. Be prepared for a steady uphill climb on the return. Hiking poles recommended! Hiked on a hot day temps in mid 80’s with very little shade or breeze as the leaves hadn’tcome out yet. Very buggy. Wear bug spray !!!

Beautiful falls!! Good air. Worth it!

backpacking
15 days ago

TICKS! Ticks, ticks, ticks, ticks, ticks. Admittedly went in to this trek ignorant to the prevalence of ticks in Virginia, especially as it relates to spring, but my goodness were they everywhere. They unfortunately consumed a lot of our time - fighting them off, checking each other, keeping bags off the ground, etc. We couldn't even sit at our backcountry camp site, as within minutes there'd be 2-3 crawling up your boot.

This was a combination of lack of preparedness by us (i'll never go in the woods without premethrine spray and /or treated clothes again) and negligence by the welcome center of Shenandoah National Park. We spent 30 minutes discussing possible treks with a Ranger there, going over every little detail including what to look out for. That ticks never came up, knowing how unbelievably prevalent they are there, was ridiculous. You have families and newbie backpackers coming in oblivious, and you don't even mention it? Whatever with the bears ....TICKS! One ended up getting me, and I'm not happy about it.

Regarding the actual trek, it was nice. The stream/river was beautiful and we set up camp about 30 yards off of it. Provided beautiful sounds all day and night. Had a day hike up Neighbor's Mountain (2400 feet) which was cool. Nothing amazing, just a bunch of pretty vistas at the peak. On your way down Jeremy's Run to start the ascent of Neighbor Mountain, you'll come across a pretty water fall. Nothing monstrous, but decent size and power. Adjacent to that waterfall is an ideal camping spot. I'm guessing it's very popular and it had a lot of signs of use. Yet another thing that should've been mentioned by the Ranger. I would target this as a camp spot for overnighters. Spacious and you're right on the waterfall. You'll see stone steps going up to the area across the stream near the waterfall.

All in all, good not great. Take a bath in permetrhine before you go! Kidding of course, it goes on clothes and gear only.

EDIT: I failed to mention that along Jeremy's Run you'll have to cross the stream/river about 15 times. When we went the water was very low, making crossing easy.

Nice little extension off the AT that leads to some fun rocks. climbing around on the rocks was quite enjoyable and my kids loved it quite a lot. Nice place to let the kids feel like they can climb without there being too many exposed heights. My kids were 3 and 5 at the time. We added onto this, so we probably did about a mile and a half, which made for a nice little hike before the sunset on a 90-degree day. Lots of wildflowers and mushrooms. We even saw a giant lunar moth. It would be a good leg stretcher for someone getting ready to hike a bigger trail. For those with kids, it's quite a nice little hike.

hiking
19 days ago

What a way to spend my 60th Birthday. Beautiful scenery and a challenge scrambling up the rocks on our way back up to the parking lot. Trail is not for a novice!

The beauty of this trail is unsurpassed. You hike through a forest with the river by your side. There are 3 river crossings. The third one was high (due to recent rains) so we removed our boots. The waterfall at the end of this hike was spectacular.

hiking
19 days ago

Fantastic hike! Two-thirds of this loop follows cascading creeks/falls, easily walkable trail. Took our miniature dachshund and he loved it. Easily one of our favorites in Shenandoah NP!

Some great views from the cliffs here. Majestic!

So many different vistas to view!!! Take the big loop to see them all!

hiking
25 days ago

Super easy and nice hike! Not very scenic on the way though... but the view from the summit totally worth it!

Great easy trail with amazing views at the top!

hiking
27 days ago

Great waterfall views and it was nice to do the majority of this hike next to water. It was National Park Week when we did this, so I think the trail was a little more crowded than usual because we crossed paths with about 40 people.

Short and easy hike with a stunning view at the end. Just as we made it to the summit, the clouds started to disappear and we were treated to the view of fog rolling between bright yellow-red trees in the valley below.
If you have a few minutes to spare and are in the area, give this short walk a shot!

hiking
28 days ago

Nice hike through the woods until the very top. Not too strenuous or difficult. Can't comment on the view, as everything was in fog when we visited.

One of our favorites! A lot to see along the way; rivers, swimming holes, old dwellings. Very dog and kid friendly. Easy to spend a half day exploring.

hiking
1 month ago

We were able to bring our dog for an easy hike. Nice forest setting but not too much else to see.

Loved this trail! We went on the first "nice" weekend this year so the trail was pretty busy. I would rate it as an intermediate trail. It was nice that the trail follows the river for most of the duration. We were able to sit and enjoy the water and get close to the falls. They are not huge, but pretty nonetheless! The loop dips, leaving you to hike uphill for at least a mile on your way out. We left feeling tired and accomplished!

on Rose River Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Love Love Love this trail. Here to celebrate my 60th birthday with my best friend. We took our dogs and they enjoyed being near the water, as much of the trail follows the river. Cascading waterfalls, early wildflowers, great mid 50s temps. There were parts that were a little dicey climbing over wet rocks and boulders. A beautiful experience!

It was a surprisingly great trail that has a rock scramble that allows for a bit longer and less traversed hike to meet back with Trayfoot trail. Took three kids and a dog, all loved it and it was pretty easy. Hawskbill is my favorite Skyline Drive hike but this is a close second.

hiking
1 month ago

Decent hike. It can be 1.7 miles or 2.7 depending on wether you make it a loop down the Appalachian Trail. Otherwise, just walk up to the summit and back.

Good short moderate trail for leashed dogs and kids.

I’ll visit again.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy stroll through the wilderness, well maintained walking path easy for very young kids.

hiking
1 month ago

I was surprised to be along water a lot of this loop, which was nice. A few really nice small waterfalls.... appeared to be some nice swimming spots for the summer. It does have some elevation challenges. We did the loop backwards which seemed the best way to go.

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