Explore the most popular Walking 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.

Beautiful view at the top, but pretty busy trail! On the way up a doe approached us within 7 yards away... easy hike

Quick hike we did with a gap in our day... Beautiful views at the top, very quiet hike!

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!

Beautiful mostly easy alongside River lots of waterfalls

Multiple rock outcrops with unique plant communities. Sweeping western views. All within a short distance from the parkway. Parking is limited, so imagine the lot may fill up on busier days.

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

Beautiful, quick hike. We did this for sunrise and it was amazing

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

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over grown
3 days ago

Nice views, cool farmhouse, overgrown in several areas.

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!

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rocky
4 days ago

The trail itself is definitely full of rocks and overgrown but it was still a really nice hike! As long as you spray some bug spray on you won't have any issues. We took our 70lb dog with and he loved it, only found 2 ticks on him after the hike was over. Really clear markings on the trail so you know you are still going the right way and overall a good trail! Go early in the day to avoid the heat in the summer. We got there around 8am and it was perfect weather for the hike.

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.

5 miles including parking by old ranger station. I'm not sure how it's easy with the rocky conditions and elevation change. Was lucky and saw a bear and other wildlife.

That was fun! Nice incline to start. Shade the whole way. Too busy today though at the top

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.

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5 days ago

Nice, easy, relaxing walk through nature.

on Limberlost Trail

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5 days ago

Nice, easy trail for a relaxing walk in nature. Was hoping to see deer and woodpeckers, but did not. That was okay as we spotted a bear in the woods who slowly wandered away from the trail after we stopped to watch it.

Nice trail to be in the woods, nice streams two you have to cross. If you want to be in shade most of the time this is your trail to do. Exploring Camp Rapidan was fun and educational.

Easy hike with a nice view at Little Calf Mountain. Calf Mountain itself (where this hikes turns around) is nothing special. Trees cover the summit so there are not any views. A small pyramid of rocks marks the approximate summit of Calf Mountain, but it's not much to see. The views from Little Calf Mountain and the wildflowers (including common milkweed, not sure about the others) between the Beagle Gap parking lot and the tree line are the highlights of this short hike.

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rocky
7 days ago

We really enjoyed this trail. We prefer "moderate" level trails and this one fit that description perfectly! There were enough inclines, narrow passages, and rocky terrain to make it challenging and enough flat and downhill sections to give us some breaks. The views were outstanding! Gorgeous! We encountered only a few other people over the entire 3.44 miles, which made it an even nicer experience. We hiked on a Thursday in July between around 10:30 am - 1:00 pm.

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8 days ago

I will be back to this hike. The trail is up hill, down hill, cross thru water, a lot of the trail is walking on rocks not just dirt.

Lovely little hike in a nice shaded area. Remember that it's all downhill on the way to the falls, which means all uphill on the way back. If you want to get all the views of the falls, be sure to continue down the trail past the first "big" falls. You'll come to a bridge/fire road. Once you're there, you've reached the final viewpoint.

Very nice, shaded little hike. I hiked it clockwise, but would probably recommend counterclockwise, as others have said. Great overlook on the AT close to the trailhead at the beginning (or end, if you do it counterclockwise) of the trail.

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rocky
8 days ago

Trail is a challenge as it’s rocky and deceptively steep on way down which you’ll pay for on the way up. Saw a lot of out of shape folks doing this trail and wondered how many would trip and fall, turn around or suffer some cardiac event on way up. I think seeing water falls attracts a lot of folks who shouldn’t be on this trail.

Great trail. The last .2 miles to the falls was challenging for the 12yr old dog that was with us but still very doable. Nice spots by the falls to sit and relax. Took us 3hrs even with a 30 min stop going a moderately pace. Remember bug spray this time of the year. Perfect day hike.

Great overall trail. It is not a hard incline at all, which would be perfect for a more casual hike or for beginners looking to enjoy nature. I would recommend some type of boot or hard sole shoe though. The path is wide, but ranges from gravel, to loose rocks, which can be hard on the feet. Three stream crossings as well, but all have rock bridges to help keep the feet semi dry.

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