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Shenandoah National Park encompasses part of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the state of Virginia. This national park is long and narrow, with the broad Shenandoah River and valley on the west side, and the rolling hills of the Virginia Piedmont on the east. Shenandoah's Blue Ridge Mountains are covered by hardwood forests that are home to tens of thousands of animals. The Skyline Drive and Appalachian Trail run the entire length of this narrow park that has more than 500 miles (800 km) of hiking trails along scenic overlooks and waterfalls of the Shenandoah River. The highest peak is Hawksbill Mountain at 4,051 feet (1,235 m).

did this loop in reverse last week. went the a.t to the laurel prong to the mill prong. dunno if my GPS was off but we got nearly 9.5 miles and 1900 ft of ascent. nice trail, the mill prong was more scenic, the downhill to rapidan camp was like skiing on mud. This was my wife and I's 1st long hike through mountains and it didn't disappoint

The parking lot for it is just down past the picnic and restroom area so that's a great stop before you start out. ^.~ the trail was really nice and well marked. You walk for a bit on the fire road but it's still quite lovely.

2 days ago

Great hike, but be aware that this loop is definitely more than 7.3 miles! Eyeballing the much more useful map here (https://www.nps.gov/shen/upload/Overall-Run.pdf), I'd say it's more like 10-12 miles. Also, it's not called Overall Run the whole way, so make sure to check that map above and know which trails to follow. Basically you take Thompson Hollow, left at Overall Run, after the waterfalls keep climbing and then right onto Matthew's Arm which feeds onto Beecher Ridge trail, then right onto the Beecher/Overall connector trail before meeting up with Overall again and picking up Thompson Hollow to return to the parking area. It sounds complicated but it's really not as long as you have the NPS map handy.

Very fun trail that runs along a picturesque creek and has a waterfall at the end. Some slight hills. Took us about 2 hours.

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2 days ago

This trail never disappoints! I was happy to see my 4yo son manage the full circuit. Everyone had a great time on this hike. The tranquility of the sights and sounds on this hike are hard to beat.

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2 days ago

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2 days ago

Great loop. Nice climb with amazing views at the top and then a rocky decent.

Just right for my 6 & 10 year old. They hiked 4 miles and could have gone another 2 or more easily.

on Piney Branch Trail

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3 days ago