Looking for a great trail in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia? AllTrails has 177 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 100 moderate trails in Shenandoah National Park ranging from 0.8 to 43.4 miles and from 606 to 4,045 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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).

hiking
7 hours ago

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!

hiking
16 hours ago

Daughter and I camped about mid way. Great hike!

We hike this every year!

hiking
scramble
17 hours ago

hiking
scramble
1 day 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
1 day 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
1 day 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.

hiking
over grown
rocky
1 day 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.

Good trail. Pretty mild elevation change. At the summit there is a large rock scramble.

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
scramble
1 day ago

Loved this trail. Be aware there is some rock scrambling and ridge walking. Worth the Beautiful view. Great trail for kids that are used to scrambles and a little climbing adventure. Meets up with the Appalachian Trail.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Great trail! Definitely NOT a moderate one . If you’re afraid of heights stay away from it.

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.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 day 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.

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

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 at the fueling area 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 physical ability. This falls trails are rated moderate, but closer to hard. The climb up is steep and a bit tiresome after 8 miles or so. 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.

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.

We did this hike up and back in less than 1.5 hours not including time spent on the summit. It was worth every step as the summit is beautiful. The trail is wide and pretty easy to navigate. The last .7 miles is pretty much straight up. Did this hike with our 11 and 9 year old children. Do this while visiting the park!

hiking
bugs
rocky
2 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.

on Upper Hawksbill Trail

hiking
2 days ago

The views from the summit made the trek up worth it! We hiked it on a Saturday, late morning and it was busy, but definitely not over-crowded.

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