Lands Run Falls to Hickerson Hollow via Appalachian Trail

moderate 46 reviews
#80 of 202 trails in

Lands Run Falls to Hickerson Hollow via Appalachian Trail is a 8.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Front Royal, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,034 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

muddy

Starting at the 4-H Center, hike east along Moore Rd until it intersects with the Appalachian Trail (AT). Hike south on the AT to Compton Gap Rd (trail). Continue heading south on the AT until the intersection of Springhouse Rd Trail. Turn right (heading west on Springhouse Rd Trail until it intersects with the Dickey Ridge Trail. Continue west on Dickey Ridge Trail until it intersects with Skyline Drive. At Skyline Drive take a sharp right and heading East follow Hickerson Hollow Trail which eventually runs directly into Hickerson Hollow Rd. Follow Hickerson Hollow Rd until it intersects with Harmony Hollow Rd. Continue North on Harmony Hollow Rd until it passes the 4-H Center. Turn right on Moore Rd and return to trailhead.

hiking
11 days ago

Really difficult to find the trailhead and ended up not having time for the loop - 45 minutes of searching! Park in the lot next to the pool (it will be behind you when you pull in). Head uphill and turn left on Ms Shirley lane, then walk up to the buildings. There are concrete steps between them that lead to the trail. Starts with steep uphill with switchbacks and doesn’t level out much for the first mile and a half or so. There’s a big rock pile a couple miles in - recommend poles! When you get to the top make sure you turn around for a nice view. I’ll definitely do this one again now that I know where to start and have time to do the loop. Trail is nice, well maintained. Light traffic- only saw a few other hikers and someone cleaning the shelter on a cold but sunny February day.

First half was great, but I should have paid closer attention to the map, as majority of the second half are on state roads. Once you get back into the 4-H owned land at the end of the hike, the prevalence of “No Trespassing” and “Public Not Allowed...” signs lead me to think they don’t like hikers using their land.

Wonderful hike, with no leaves on the trees the views are spectacular. 4H center open for us to park; the winter seems to be the off season. Having the map handy is useful to find the trailhead, but once on it, it’s very easy to follow and well marked.

hiking
1 month ago

Perfect trail for us. Nice snack stop at the shelter half way up, and the AT is a nearly flat fire road for almost a mile as you near Skyline Drive. On the way down, the final section is paved road, so easy if you find yourself out past dusk. Look for a shortcut across 4H to return to the start. About parking at 4H: Go to their website and print a free parking pass, then park in the large lot overlooking the lake. The trail access is between the two large identical buildings just above that lot, up a set of concrete steps. Bonus: At the nearby Mountain Home "Cabbin" and B&B, hikers can rent a bed for the night for only $30 + tax. Also check out the weirdly named Blue Wing Frog restaurant for hiker friendly meals and friendship.

hiking
private property
1 month ago

Signage at the 4H Center made it pretty clear they didn’t want the public accessing the trails through their property. Explored a few other ways to get to the AT from 4H and they all had similar signs. Was there the day after Christmas so couldn’t find any employees to get permission from, and not a big fan of disrespecting property owners’ wishes even if they’re not around. Wound up driving to where the AT crosses 522 on the way in and hiking from there.

hiking
private property
3 months ago

Little traffic but well marked nice trails. Most uphill is at the beginning, the rest is an easy stroll. Had a good day with puppy. The last section of walking on asphalt road is the least favorite.

hiking
private property
rocky
4 months ago

Decent hike during October. I have a hike day hikers and backpackers along the way. The last 3 miles are populated.

hiking
5 months ago

Wasn’t sure where to find trail head so ended up going up towards rectory on 4-H camp grounds and found some stairs that led to the trail loop going clockwise rather than counter clockwise per the AllTrails directions. There was one nice boulder rest stop with a view about 1.5 miles in and I stopped for a break and snack. Saw one AT hiker looking for water, I offered to share mine but she declined and headed for the 4-H grounds instead. I made it to skyline drive but decided to continue along the loop back towards the car rather than going to Hickerson Hollow. If I had completed the whole hike my review may have been different, but the part I did complete was nothing special, thus 3 stars.

Good hike, lots of elevation change. Brought my dog and he did well but was definitely panting at the end. Make sure to bring enough water. No views with the leaves still on the trees, but overall a well maintained trail and good day hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Came out to bike this trail and realized 2 miles in that this is not meant for bikes. it's hiking only. Why it took me 2 miles to realize this? Because I'm stubborn. Once I start something I want to finish it. Clearly my ego is not my amigo. Anyway, it is a nice hike without a bike. There's a lot of uphill rock scrambles.

hiking
bugs
9 months ago

There were so many bugs on the hikerson hollow section! The first part of the trail was very nice tho.

Fri Dec 28 2018

Nice, healthy waterfall.

Sun Nov 11 2018

Nice pleasant hiking

Fri Jun 29 2018

This was a great hike! My husband daughter(22 months in a backpack) and myself hiked it in a little under five hrs. The start is a bit steep but the rest of it is a moderate hike. The stream running next to and through the trail were just amazing. The falls were nice and a great place to have lunch and dip your feet in.

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