Lands Run Falls Trail

EASY 59 reviews
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Lands Run Falls Trail is a 0.9 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.

DISTANCE
0.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
255 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

17 hours ago

This was a nice easy walk to the top of waterfalls. it gets a little rocky so I suggest wearing sneakers not sandals. All and all a nice walk with pretty waterfalls.

walking
2 months ago

The trail starts downhill. Past the waterfall and to the right is a little cabin across a tiny bridge that apparently is privately owned but grandfathered into Shenandoah National park. If you don’t like finishing your walk uphill, don’t do this. Also, it was nice and shaded. My dog was a happy camper on this trail.

hiking
2 months ago

My dogs and I walked down to the water falls are many days of rain, It was more impressive than I expected. Best think to see it after some rain. A nice walk in the rain,

hiking
4 months ago

Took the trail down to the fall. It's easy and not too long, but don't underestimate the uphill climb on the way back.

Not much to see on the falls. You can climb down some rocks next to the water. If you want a really short hike with some water, it's worth doing.

We walked past the fall on the fire road another mile, and that was very steep at points, which made the return a decent workout.

4 months ago

I hiked this trail with my kids (9 and 14) and my mom (65). It was a quick, easy walk to the waterfall along the gravel fire road and the waterfall was gorgeous (early April). You actually stand at the top of the waterfall and look down. More adventurous hikers can climb down a bit to get a great close up view of the falls and it makes for a great photo opportunity. The uphill walk back up was not fun but worth it for a quick view of the falls. We turned around at the falls but you could keep going. Other than the falls, the hike is pretty boring, not any good views or unique terrain, this is the only reason I rated a 3 instead of higher.

9 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.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

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.

walking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Great walk

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

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.

hiking
Saturday, April 29, 2017

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.

hiking
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Very easy hike with two kids and a dog!

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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!

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Monday, September 03, 2012

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

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