Explore the most popular Wildlife 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.

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!

Beautiful hike along all of the waterfalls. We thought they ended, but as we kept walking we realized there were more! There were some steep parts along the gorge, but overall the hike was easy-moderate. Would recommend if you have time and don't see waterfalls often!

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

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

Easy effort for a rewarding view. Could have spent hours on those rocks!

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.

This trail was tough! I'm in decent shape but the climb up was hard for me. I had to take a couple breaks. The Cedar Run trail part was difficult but once we got to the climb up to Hawksbill, it felt even harder. I took a water break on some rocks on my way up, and a young bear climbed up onto the rock next to me. He looked at me to investigate for a minute and walked away. The view from Hawksbill is great though! The entire trail is full of interesting rock formations. We followed the AT for a bit, and that was a nice, easy hike. Whiteoak Falls was nice, too. There were several spots where you could take a dip in the water. The last few miles down were fairly steep, but not difficult. Including walking around at the Hawksbill summit a little, my GPS said we went over 13 miles. Bring plenty of water and/or a lifestraw. My hiking partner brought 4 liters of water and ran out (it was pretty hot though). I brought almost 4 liters and ended up giving him some of mine. But the Whiteoak Falls section has plenty of opportunities to refill and filter your water or use a lifestraw. It was strenuous, but I enjoyed this one!

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

Fun! Saw two bears. Don’t start going up the fire road. That is what you come down on.

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

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!

nice hike for the family, especially climbing and the view of the rocks!

2 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.

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.

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.

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

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

Daughter and I camped about mid way. Great hike!

We hike this every year!

4 days ago

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

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