Looking for a great trail in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia? AllTrails has 194 great hiking trails, running trails, forest 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 108 moderate trails in Shenandoah National Park ranging from 0.8 to 104.7 miles and from 606 to 4,048 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).

I hiked this trail today with my dog and it's definitely on the upper-end of the "moderate" rating. Make sure you pay attention when you come to the first fork in the trail- it's easy to focus on the yellow trail mark across the creek/river when actually you need to follow the blue trail mark up to Bear Church Rock on the left. The last mile or so of the trail is a pretty steep and a steady incline. Keep focused though, the view is worth it! I went on a Wednesday at noon and didn't have a single other hiker on the trail or summit at all the entire time. The trail itself doesn't seem that traveled as a lot of leaves and branches are covering the trail. I didn't mind- it just made it that more secluded and relaxing!

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful winter walk! Short and sweet with good challenge on the end. Falls view were so nice!

Nice little day hike with the pup. Some moderate inclines, but nothing too crazy. The view from Chimney Rock is beautiful. Didn’t go the whole trail; turned around at Chimney. 10/10 would come back.

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

I hiked Old Rag on 11/29 in sunny, clear weather and it took me 4.5 hours from start to finish at a moderate pace. It’s a 3.8 mile hike to the peak and 5.2 mile return by a fire road. The fire road is over 2.5 miles long. I’d say Old Rag is definitely a difficult trail and I work out regularly and consider myself a fit person. I would recommend packing very lean because there are very narrow passages you have to literally crawl through on your knees that won’t fit a backpack. There was also some ice on some rocks and occasional muddy puddles though but it didn’t really complicate the hike. I’d recommit coming to the site early because the parking lot gets filled up pretty quickly. The park now requires a self-registration and in my case, I got the very last registration card they had to pay for entry. Not sure how they monitor the parking lot/payments but there was a long line behind me and the park was out of the registration envelopes.

hiking
3 days ago

This was the second time I completed the hike and this time I didn't underestimate how long the hike will take (especially the last half mile to the summit). It is an interesting hike, but the top section goes really slowly on the weekend because of the people traffic. We were able to manage it with two kids (11 y.o. and 13 y.o.). I think the kids had an easier time in some parts than the adults with backpacks. For anyone staying at the PATC Corbin Cabin, we added about 7 miles to the hike. It was a long day, but doable.

hiking
rocky
3 days ago

We went on a rainy and foggy day so we only passed 4 others on the trail - best part is we got to enjoy the falls alone! Fun, short trail with awesome views. Easy path - some areas are rocky but nothing crazy. We hiked all the way down to the bridge and where other paths crossed. Took about an hour roundtrip with stopping several times to enjoy the falls.

Short hike, nice to do before Hawksbill. No real summit views and lots of vegetation.

hiking
closed
fee
off trail
private property
3 days ago

Did not make it to the hike. Make sure you pay attention to google maps to where it is leading you. I did not. My bag. It lead me into the mountains on hunting road. Which is not the correct way to get to this hike. You hvta go into skyline drive to enter this hike. If you enter from mountain road you can get fined for not paying to get onto skyline drive. In all it was a fun drive up the mountain.

Buck Ridge was about to be abandoned in 1978 due to neglect. I became the trail overseer and, with the help of several friends in restoring it over the years, the trail became a popular circuit hike paired with Buck Hollow. An uncontrollable fire gutted most of it at one time which brought tears to my heart. Near the bottom, the trail was wicked enough to punish most hikers. Patrick, the overseer of Buck Hollow, engineered the 615 locust log steps which we installed over two years. Huge improvement. BTW, the large rocks at the stream crossing near the bottom usually have to be replaced every couple years. We had a favorite snake, water moccasin named ‘Sammy’, who used to sun-bathe on a nice rock just upstream from the crossing. One day, a hiker passed me up as I was working to tell me that he had to throw a lot of rocks at it to drive it away. Never saw Sammy again. I turned over the trail to someone else a few years ago when age was slowing me down. My last BRT-BHT circuit took me 6 ½ hrs but I was 80 so this was no surprise. 86 now. I may try it again. Hell, I’m still working as a sub teacher at Robinson in Fairfax. If I can do that, I can still hike! The remarks each of you leave bring on enormous smiles. I’m so glad you are enjoying everything. It’s wilderness, you know. All of our blowdown tree removals had to be done with cross-cut saws.

hiking
scramble
4 days ago

Loved this hike! The first few miles are definitely a bit of an endurance test, but anyone reasonably comfortable hiking could handle it without issue. We reached the summit in about 3 hours with plenty of breaks to catch our breath and enjoy the views. Getting an early start will help avoid the crowds, and we were fortunate that the scramble wasn’t log jammed. All the reviews are true though - it’s worth the crowds for the views and the great scrambling opportunities. I would recommend this hike to anyone looking for a bit of a challenge, but don’t think anyone should be scared off by the “hard” rating.

Perfect day on the mountain. Summit was fairly crowded but the hike was glorious. Couldn’t have asked for a better day.

on Corbin Mountain Trail

hiking
5 days ago

It’s certainly not moderate, the ascend is steep and the slippery rocky trail is covered by leafs, so be extra careful. That said, the trail is well marked and well tended for. Do not expect blowout views like the Old Rag. But there will be no suffocating crowds either! A good alternative to this route would be a loop through Nicholson Hollow trail with return via Corbin Mountain trail. It’s 2300 feet but less steep if you go counterclockwise. Still, it’s a difficult trail for at least 7 hours.

great hike. the first couple miles are dirt trail. it says switchbacks, but not what i was expecting. the boulder scramble was difficult in some places. nothing crazy, just having a partner to hike with makes it easier. wasn’t too busy, but there was a bit of a back-up in some spots. i wouldn’t recommend this one on a rainy day as the rocks get slippery

hiking
5 days ago

The trail is quite difficult towards the middle and goes by a bubbling stream at the beginning and end. A good alternative is to descend the Indian Run Trail and Corbin Hollow Trail for a beautiful loop totaling 12,5 miles (7+ hours).

My favorite hike in Shenandoah National Park! Avoided crowds on a weekday.

hiking
muddy
5 days ago

Did this on a cold overcast day and only saw two other people and one unleashed dog (not with the people I saw, never saw the dog's people). Overall, I really enjoyed the hike, the waterfall, streams, and deep water areas were very pretty. The uphill seemed endless but then you were rewarded with a gentle descent. Part of the climb was quite rocky, but nothing you had to climb over.

hiking
rocky
scramble
6 days ago

Old rag was on my list for a long time and I finally did this year during thanksgiving holiday, that’s what I’m thankful for! The whole loop took us around 6.5 hours with a couple of breaks which are indeed needed to enjoy the scenery and refresh. The summit was just a bit crowded as we expected but it was not too packed. It’s definitely a challenging trail but fun. Things you might want to have with you are gloves if it’s too cold since you’ll need to touch rocks. Also it’s better not to have a big backpack with you. The only disappointment was that I saw no bears! :| :D

Definitely a great hike! Did the circuit plus Hawksbill trail to the overlook. Took 6 hours (ate lunch at the overlook). The water falls were assume to see. Regardless wether you go clockwise or counter clockwise, this is a serious hike. I would not recommend this to beginners or anyone with a health issue.

hiking
rocky
6 days ago

This route is mostly just the more rugged/difficult part of Austin Mountain trail which includes a couple open spots of views where the rock slopes are. Once you get past the rocky portion, the rest is a much easier/steady ascent. Did this in late fall so I could already see out through the trees, but this trail seemed to have more opening than others and probably still good views in the summer. I notice some of the map layers in AllTrails (OSM / OCM) do show a short trail going up to the summit of Austin Mt, but I did notice any obvious trails when passing the spot it was supposed to be. Although the main trail itself is missing from the AllTrails map anyway same as Rockytop and Lewis trails.

hiking
rocky
6 days ago

Awesomely rugged trail on the initial couple miles up. In late fall with leaves covering them makes it extra challenging especially since many of them are loose. Most of the rocks are mid-sized/smaller so it's not like there is actual rock scrambling involved...just more like walking on very large gravel. The rock field openings and ridge-like feature of this trail allow to see out toward the mountains most of the way up. Once you past the last rocky portion of the trail on the ascent, the rest feels like a simple stroll (until the return down). There isn't anything to see at the end of this route since it just ends upon intersecting with Rockytop trail. If you were to continue north on Rockytop trail, it leads to Lewis Peak trail which ends on a summit with excellent views (though this turns the hike into 14miles instead of 7.5).

hiking
rocky
6 days ago

This trail was more interesting than I was expecting. Had thought it was going to be mostly in the trees the whole way up, but was nice narrow / curvy / rocky terrain most of the way with couple spots where it was open to see view outward. Once you pass the short trail to the summit and continue up, it can seem like a slow never-ending ascent. Although this trail ends at the Mt Trayfoot / Furnace Mt trail intersection, I would definitely recommend continuing over to Black Rock overlook if have not done so before which would make this a more worthy ending and the .7 mile connector trail is rather easy.

on Corbin Mountain Trail

hiking
6 days ago

It’s a good alternative to Corbin Mountain Trail with less steep but still quite strenuous and long ascend. Took 7,5 hours at a moderate pace with 45 minutes of stops. Didn’t see wildlife but bears are definitely present judging by their traces and scat, so exercise normal caution and don’t leave any food on the trail. There are two stream crossings with large stepping stones - should not be a problem even in moderately high water conditions. Still, be careful when crossing the stream. Not sure if bathing in the stream is allowed - if it is, there are a few great spots for that.

hiking
rocky
scramble
6 days ago

Although a short hike the rock scramble makes this a tad strenuous. I absolutely loved the scramble since it seemed to make the hike interesting and the views incredible. However, wear proper shoes since the rocks can be slick, don’t do if you’re scared of heights and I would hike this without huge packs. You just want to make sure your hands are free. Would definitely do this again!

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