Lands Run Falls Trail

EASY 42 reviews
#33 of 138 trails in

Lands Run Falls Trail is a 1 mile out and back trail located near Front Royal, Virginia that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.0 miles
298 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



horseback riding

nature trips





wild flowers

3 months ago

Super easy and is basically a gravel trail that follows an fire road down to the falls. Nice walk in the forest and is only a little over a mile out and back. Park at the Lands Run parking area at Mile marker 9.2 on Skyline Drive. Be careful and drive slow. You may miss the lot. The wife and I hopscotched trails all day. We started on the South end at 8 in the morning. By 4 in the evening the Skyline drive was packed and parking became a big issue. The falls colors are all most gone and everybody knows it. We were in bumper to bumper traffic get off of Skyline and car were backed up out to US. 340 trying to get on. Go Early / Not Later !!

3 months ago

There is a very small (easy to miss) parking lot near mile 9 on Skyline Drive with minimal signage. The whole hike is on a fire road, so less scenic than other hikes in the park. It’s out and back (downhill on the way in and uphill on the way back). When we hiked this it was a nice leg stretch after a long drive, but the hike ends at a very small stream with a very small trickling cascade (not what you may think when you hear waterfall). It might be a better hike after a lot of rain. Walk is shaded and easy to do in sneakers.

7 months ago

This is a good family hike with nice forest views. The mostly gravel trail is wide and follows an old fire road down to the falls. Once there, you can take a well-worn path a short distance for a better view of the upper cascade. It is not spectacular, but it was pretty with the recent rain. There is a small parking area near mile 9 on Skyline Drive. The trail is not marked...look for the sign for the fire road.

7 months ago

Great walk

8 months ago

This is a really nice short hike. We have two young children that hiked it with us and they had no problems getting around. There had been a lot of rain recently so the waterfall was really flowing! It's not too far from the Skyline entrance which is a plus if you don't want to spend all day on the drive. highly recommend this trail.

9 months ago

The waterfall was flowing today, and that made this short hike worth it. We tried this hike this past fall and were disappointed with the trickle.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Very easy hike with two kids and a dog!

Friday, November 11, 2016

We had an enjoyable out and back hike down a fire road to a small stream (Lands Run) to see a small cascade. This trail is also known as the Hickerson Hollow Trail. We parked at the Lands Run parking area (no restrooms) at MP 9.2 on Skyline Drive.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Nice little falls with a lovely down and back trail to Browntown. Great on horseback. This hike is an easy one, best done in the fall as the trail is lined with bright yellow leaves.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Went with a dog, 8 and 11 year old. It was easy. Just walked what appeared to be a logging road. Was a climb out. Fun day, no reason to go back.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

It wasn't anything special. It's a fire road with lots of loose gravel, made the walk slick and footing poor. Not really any views, the falls kind of pop up out of nowhere and the fire road continues. The summer view of the falls was unimpressive but water on a trail always gets a star. NPS has some leftover piping from installing the drainage system along the trail. The trail is basically downhill from the parking lot, steep in places. Not clear where the trail ends at the falls- fire road. Meh.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

For an easy-rated hike, this was perfect with kids and dogs. Be prepared for the uphill on the way back!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Quick, mostly level trail with a nice waterfall at the end. mostly downhill from the trailhead. Watch out for horse droppings!

Monday, March 09, 2015

Took a 6 and a 10 year old on a winter hike there. It was fun and easy for them. We had a nice little picnic in a spot overlooking the melting falls. The way back wasn't bad, but my little one had to stop for a break a few times, mostly because I wore him out before we even made it to the trail.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fun Hike and nice waterfall at the end. It's pretty steep on the way back up though. Just be prepared for that.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Nice little trail, and perfect beginner trail. The waterfall is actually quite nice given how short the trail is. I went with my 8 month old beagle and my 6 year old daughter and we had no problems. Had to stop once or twice on the way back up the his but good walk and didn't take long.

Saturday, August 03, 2013

A nice walk down the fire road but a steep-ish climb back. Sighted bears (mostly cubs) near the small parking area the last two times we were there. Hickerson Hollow Trail (blazed yellow, 2mi down-and-back trl) and Dickey Ridge Trail (8.2mi trl) can also be accessed from the small parking area, both are nice hikes. We run into very few fellow hikers here.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Tom said it all. Be sure to read the posts clearly so you know you're on the right path. Great spot for some photos but be ready for a hike back uphill.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Short trail to some small falls. Nice easy walk down but a little uphill on the way back.

1 month ago

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