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Hazel Falls and Caves is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sperryville, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.3 mi Elevation gain 1,023 ft Route type Out & Back

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Hiking

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Bird watching

Cave

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Waterfall

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Over grown

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A good hike to stretch your legs in the morning. Last 0.2 is very steep. If you have bad knees do not attempt. There are two caves near the falls. One is obvious. The second is closer to the first pool of water. You do have to scramble up a kiosks bit but it is an interesting find.

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Joe M.
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Hiking

Great hike through the forest...note There are not many views...The two falls are unusual with great swimming holes - especially the upper falls bring water shoes it is rocky! Fun!

amin qazi
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Hiking

Wonderful

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Bill T.
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Hiking

Awesome

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Majid S.
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Hiking

Fantastic hike. Encountered a black bear about 100 ft away. We kept calm. Stayed put and talking loud but calm as it was watching us. This went on for 5 minutes. Then we started walking backwards as it continued looking us but didn’t approach

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Kara Gibson
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Brian G.
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Cj O
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grownRocky

We entered Shenandoah park through the Thornton gap entrance and parked on the road by the meadow spring lot since it was full. We followed the hazel river trail which for the most part was down hill. The trail was buggy and slightly overgrown with a few muddy streams but nothing crazy. We got to the falls and caves in about an hour. It was steep getting down but worth it. We decided to hike another mile and a half after taking a dip in the pools. We followed white rocks trail until we reached a river. Ate lunch and turned around. Going back was mostly uphill but made the beer waiting at the car taste that much better :)

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Julie Chickery
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Hiking

Pretty easy hike except the .2 miles to the falls. Going down was not too bad, but coming back up is steep and the rock "steps" are very tall.

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Lisa Zimmerman
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Hiking

This trail was a lot of fun. I would rate it hard instead of moderate. We clocked in around 7 miles. When you come in there is parking along the road just before you get to Hungry Horse Dr. which is a private lane. Walk up the private lane along the water and take Hazel River trail. We went on a 95 high degree day but the trail is shaded and cool. Hazel river trail follows the stream, relatively flat with 5 stream crossings. There wasn’t much rain these last couple of weeks, so the streams were crossable. I was thankful I had poles for slick rocks, though one friend didn’t and she made it fine. We wore water shoes for the stream. A couple miles in, take a turn at the marker to continue following hazel river trail. The grade becomes steep for a very long ways. It’s helpful to have a pack with hiking boots and a few changes of socks. Then watch for a marker for .2 miles to Cave Falls on your left. Take that turn with a steep and rocky decline to the falls. The falls was Amazjng! Places to wade and cool off. We rested there before coming back up the .2 miles and heading back down the trail. There was a little bit of traffic but not crazy. Ran into a few folks at the falls. Bring lots of snacks and water. There was no cell service for any of us for miles headed to and on the trail.

santiago gasca
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HikingGreat!

A really fun hike. As everyone else has mentioned, the last .2 were slow going but the payoff is great. Took about 4 hours total with a few rests and a meal at the fall.

Caitlyn H
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The falls were beautiful! Very cold water but we did swim for fun. Found lots of ticks on us during the hike, make sure to check regularly. One was extremely small, the size of a speck of dirt. Very easy going down, definitely more moderate on the way back up. Overall very happy!

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Bentley D.
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HikingRocky

Easy, moderate and hard. The cave part is hard.

Erica Decker
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Karin Whitwood
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Hiking

Hiked with 2 kids and a dog. Very wooded until the end. Some places were steep but overall a good hike. Have to be patient to get to the water & caves at the end.

Paul Davis
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Hanna Taylor
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WalkingBlowdown

The trail was a nice five miles out and back. No spectacular views. It was a gradual down, then gradual up when heading back (of course)

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Michael Vondal
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HikingRocky

Inexperienced. Overweight. Under-equipped. All that said, the water fall is quite pretty and the cave (alcove) is interesting. Basically all the reviews are right, those last .2 miles are killer if you aren't experienced, fit, and possessing of appropriate footwear. Everything hurts right now, god save me.

Tom Barbee
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HikingOver grownRocky

Not a bad hike! First hike I've been on in quite some time, and this was a great re-introduction. The .2 mile descent at the end of the trail IS a bit treacherous, and will take the wind out of you on the way back. But, upon descending, youre greeted with a great little chill spot - a large flat rock, and a small pool. Now, this is NOT the falls, nor the cave - which i think some may have taken as such. Continue right, and up the hill marked by the blue blaze. There you will find a modest waterfall, a couple cool small "caves", but overall a very pleasant spot that made the hike worth it. Not a favorite of mine, but worth checking out.

Sharon Moses
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HikingClosedNo shadePrivate propertyWashed out

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