Explore the most popular River 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.

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

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rocky
scramble
1 day 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.

Love this trail. Did it in a light rain and had no issues. If you like spooky things there is a cool out of the way graveyard on the FR portion of the trail.

Loved this trail! Only gave it 4 stars because it was so crowded. But it was beautiful and loved all the swimming holes

Daughter and I camped about mid way. Great hike!

hiking
scramble
2 days ago

hiking
scramble
3 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
3 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
3 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.

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
rocky
scramble
3 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.

This was a great time. We modified it a bit and started from the visitor center and actually passed the campground and stayed on the AT until the split for Lewis Falls. Those falls were a little less climatic then the others, but a high view. The Lewis falls trail requires some scrambling and we saw some folks that were in deeper then their skills. This falls trails are rated moderate, but closer to hard. All in all a nice workout with great things to see. I recommend counterclockwise from the Big Meadows waypoint and return. You can cut the AT back to big meadows and skip the Lewis Falls trail and it will help you avoid cutting through the campground. We will do this again. About 6hr and 10 miles with our frolicking.

hiking
bugs
rocky
4 days ago

Decent hike with nice views and the swimming hole is worth your time. It’s clean, beautiful, and great on a hot day like today. Very rocky, as others have mentioned. I tried to run/jog portions of the trail and had to be very careful because the rocks are like running on spikes in some areas. If you make a right to enter the trail, you see everything cool at the beginning, so the second half of the trail is pretty boring (imo). Definitely bring a snack and a good amount of water. There were lots of bees, wasps, flies, gnats, and lots of other buzzing creatures out today (normal for summer). Also take note- bears are very active in the summer months....They have signs posted for what to do if you encounter one, just FYI.

hiking
rocky
4 days ago

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bugs
rocky
scramble
4 days ago

Amazing trail. When we started hiking it was poring. When we started the rock scramble the clouds were amazing. Very beautiful and challengingly fun.

This was the first hike of my life (went with someone I was dating and they convinced me I would have fun!!), and it was incredibly difficult. I’ll never forget the challenge and how sick I felt. This was 8 years ago. I have since then hiked and backpacked the gnarliest of trails. I would love to go back to old tag one day and hike it with grace. The boulder hopping up top is fun.

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blowdown
bugs
over grown
4 days ago

on Rose River Trail

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bugs
muddy
rocky
4 days ago

A ranger advised us to start by going to the left and we were happy we did because after passing the beautiful waterfall, we easily had excellent views of the river and all of its smaller falls. If you go in the opposite direction, you would constantly be turning back toward the river to see those features. The terrain was definitely rocky in several areas. We hiked it on a Friday afternoon and encountered other people often, but also had stretches where we were alone on the trail. We completed the trail in 3 hours, as we stopped frequently along the river to take photos.

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

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