Appalachian Trail, Hawksbill, Horseshoe Trail, and Rose River Loop [CLOSED]

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Shenandoah National Park

Appalachian Trail, Hawksbill, Horseshoe Trail, and Rose River Loop is a 33.5 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Elkton, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking.

Distance: 33.5 km Elevation Gain: 1,374 m Route Type: Loop

backpacking

camping

hiking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

no dogs

Many trailheads in this park are closed due to COVID-19. Please check the park website for up to date info on which trails are accessible.

hiking
7 days ago

Hiked this loop a few years ago and can’t wait to get back. The trip took 3 days and 2 nights. Great loop with some varying scenery. Each one of these trails offers something a little different and they all work really well together. Hawksbill is a great hike with an awesome view. I was in awe seeing the outline of the cloud shadows below and watching the hawks floating in front of me. It is really special. Rose river was peaceful and has some nice camping spots. Horseshoe trail was the most isolated of the bunch. I saw a mother bear, two cubs, and no humans for the better part of 2-3 hours. I used the Shenandoah trip planner on the website and it offered a great written itinerary for the hike that was helpful without taking away the experience of discovery by being overly descriptive. Overall, a highly recommended hike. Also, depending on when you go, look into bringing a bug net. The gnats were brutal in early June and were the only downside of the whole experience.