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This park's hours of operation are between 8 a.m. and dusk. NOTE: This park is a Trash Free Facility - refuse must be removed by park visitor. A central refuse collection area is at the Cullers Overlook. The park is 1,604 acres with 5.6 miles of river frontage along the south fork of the Shenandoah River. The rolling, mountainous land features steep slopes and is mostly wooded. In addition to meandering river frontage, the park offers scenic vistas overlooking Massanutten Mountain to the west and Shenandoah National Park to the east.

The main trail was very muddy but the views at the top along the ridge were great.

1 month ago

Short, steep, rocky hike on the edge of the park. Good view from the top.

Devil's Stairs was fun/great! I took the Piney Branch loop to enjoy the waterfalls. 10-12 water crossing. Took my shoes off for the last 2 crossing, water was high, strong, and freezing. Did this 2 weeks ago.

High water with multiple river crossings! Hiked Nov 25th and had to take shoes off to hike in knee deep icy cold water at least once. Take hiking poles
And water shoes for these crossings. Our group of 20 hikers hiked this in just under six hours. Spent a lot of time though having to wait for people to walk over logs. One woman fell in the water off a log. Slippery! My Garmin registered 9.5 miles though!

Took us much longer than expected. Six-seven hours for the loop. Went after a few heavy rainfalls (ok tropical storm Florence) and the rivers and streams were full. Running water was everywhere, coming out of the ground too! Had to carry our miniature Aussie across a couple times. Wet feet and hungry but would do it again.

Awesome grove of hemlock. It’s like a different world.

No exceptional views, but well maintained path. Had a good amount of large pebbles which were loose, causing some difficulty on declined segments of the trail.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Nice view from the top! A nice climb, rocky uphill.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Park map rated this difficult, but the family managed this climb with little difficulty. Took a little time with a young child, but he did well. Definitely a moderate climb and the view at the top was worth it.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

This has a couple of views and is a good "warm-up" to the rest of the park. My young son (not above 7 yrs.) made the 'up and back' walk with no real energy expended.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Unfortunately, we only had time for a quick stop on our drive up to D.C. We took this short trail from the beautiful visitor center to the Everett Cullers Overlook and back. The views of the Shenandoah River, Valley and surrounding mountains are wonderful (though I am sure they are even better in the winter without the leaves). I would have loved to turn this into a large loop and hiked down along the river. Maybe on the next trip.

Friday, June 30, 2017

the overlook trail is a nice trail good for those who are not ready for moderate and hard trails. good running trail but there is loose gravel and dirt in some areas.
I took my 7 year old out on this yesterday and completed only a portion from visitor center to camp ground trail to total 3 miles. We did not have any other users so made teaching fun. He loves this trail because he can run and it is not too strenuous. the bench makes a nice lunch or snack break spot with very nice views of the river.
I recommend this trail highly especially for kids and anyone looking for a nice time in the woods without crowds.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Short and steep trail with great view of the river at the peak. Also the state park is an excellent place to camp.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Nice place but felt more "manufactured" and less organic. Hiking trials to close to the roads, buildings, and picnic areas. Nice views though and my dog got to swim in the river. Probably be a great place to drop a kayak into the river and spend an afternoon on the water but hiking was just average at best.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

This trail is part of several loops all of which are well-maintained and with a good mix of flat, hills and a beautiful walk along the Shenandoah River. When my boys and I were there (2/20/17) there were virtually no other hikers so we had the place to ourselves.

The Overlook Trail is actually shorter than shown in the description above - it's about .6 miles and goes from the very nicely done Visitor Center to the Overlook Parking Lot. It hooks up to the Campground trail which is a moderate descent on good paths to the campground area (which is great for trailers, RVs and people wanting to stay in a few quaint cabins).

From the campground, work your way down to the river (there's a road and a couple of short trails) and use the stairs to get you right to the riverbank. We didn't know there were stairs there and went down a relatively steep short path that has been used by a lot of people. The stairs are about 100 feet from there - they're useful. :)

Heading back to the Visitor Center we took the Bluebell trail which is flat as a board and follows the river. It's a very easy walk and the river looks just beautiful. The entire path is shaded.

We ended up taking the Hemlock Valley trail back up to the visitor center where our car was parked and it was a fairly steep incline but not particularly difficult.

If you're not particularly in shape or have ambulatory issues but still want to walk in this beautiful scenery, park in the lower lot (past the Visitor Center) and take the Bluebell trail to the campground. It'll be a nice flat walk of about 1.2 miles in one direction.

I have to say that the Visitor Center here was surprisingly nice. There's an excellent display of animals found in the area and some interactive displays where you can pick up binoculars and look out over the Shenandoah River valley. The Rangers that were there were very friendly, knowledgeable and seemed to enjoy what they were doing.

I'd definitely recommend this set of trails for a short day-hike.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Couldn't get up to the trail because the road was closed.
The route was not into the state park but a backroad through people's driveways. No trespassing signs posted and gated roads.

Trail was quiet, no other people. It's a low incline up for the first half of the trail loop. I would classify this as easy rather than moderate. No particular viewpoints, but easy path and well maintained. Would be good for mountain biking as well as walking. Surrounding campgrounds look nice. Parking lot large, well maintained bathrooms at trailhead and river access for a swim post hike.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

this trail should not be rated difficult. it is relatively flat only a couple hundred in elevation gains. didn't see another hiker on the trail only the occasional biker

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Moderate toughness. A few ups and downs but overall it was a well groomed trail and a nice 5 mile casual walk

mountain biking
Thursday, September 25, 2014

been back here multiple times I believe the rating system is off as I have brought the whole family down this trail however if you are pretty good you can get some pretty good speed. biggest tip go in a counter clockwise loop as I have been both ways and it is much more enjoyable that way. a few rock gardens may count for its rating but pretty easy overall. These are great trails to exercise and loose some weight on as you can work up a sweat and take a few other trails while there I have ridden over 10 miles of trails back in this state park.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Great little workout. Be careful if it's wet, lots of slate rocks. Great view, there is a bench about half way if you need to rest.

mountain biking
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Awesome trail for biking and hiking! But not really a double diamond, it's pretty easy.

mountain biking
Monday, November 12, 2012

I have ridden this trail. Certainly not a double black diamond. There are parts that are challenging, but most of it can be accomplished by novice mountain bikers. It is part of the Shenandoah River State Park. Very nice compilation of trails that favor beginner and intermediate mountain bikers. Warning, there is a lot of climbing and many loose rocks, so novices and those getting in shape may not enjoy until they are more experienced. But if you have time on the bike and are improving your skills this can be a great place to ride. The trails are wide and not too much technical challenge. There are a couple of portions that experts could enjoy but they are few and far between. Great interpretive center and looks like a great place to bring the whole family for day hiking and camping. Fishing is probably great on the river and may some tubing or canoeing/kayaking.

12 days ago

12 days ago

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