Overall Run Loop is a 8.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bentonville, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length8.7 miElevation gain2,011 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsForestViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeBugsRockyFee
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Shenandoah National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55.

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Francisco Morin
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It was quite muddy but overall it’s a pretty trail, with lots of river crossings and several beautiful waterfalls. I found the hike somewhat challenging, as did my pups. Parking is limited and was full on Easter Sunday. Otherwise, it was a tough 4.5 mile ascent, and I clocked 8.3 miles total.

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peter Effff
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Myra Robertson
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We started the trail from the SNP, mp 22.2 parking at the CCC camp above Mathews Arm Campground. Campground was closed so this added 1 mi decent starting and 1 mi ascend ending. Then a long decent on Overall Run Falls trail, beautiful waterfalls and views of Massanuetten Mt. Several creek crossings until we took the Beecher Ridge trail which is a steep incline after already hiking 8 miles. Beecher to Mathews Arm is another 3.5 mile ascend. If you can park at Mathews Arm this loop will be 11 miles, with a steep ascending ending, which ever direction you start. Strenuous return. Next time I’d start from Thompson Hollow as recommended by AllTrails, but this is an alternative approach.

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Walter Johnsen
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Beautiful hike! Spent most of it in a cloud! Be prepared for some river crossings, though great logs to walk across on! Would recommend.

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Jason You
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William Whitaker
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Well kept but muddy

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Pete S
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5 stars for the second half. First half is nice. just nothing noteworthy. uphill. rocky. but the moment you hear water, it does not stop to the end and it's incredible. spent all day there frolicking lol. great day hike. parking sucks.

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Stephen Abresch
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Did this counterclockwise. Had the trail to myself, owing to the weather report I guess, but the mix of light rain, heavy mist and eventually sunshine made for an awesome morning. Trail was in very rough shape at the start (super muddy) but that lets up once you get in a ways. I encountered snow at around mile 3, and opted to throw on crampons at around mile 4 (I don’t think they were completely necessary, but they certainly made things a lot easier). View from the overlook was great, especially with the big waterfall being partly frozen and mist in the valley.

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Anne Cunningham
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The snow made it beautiful and hardly anyone was out on a gorgeous sunny day aside from the people doing an ice climb up the falls. Don't go if the snow is slushy--it being about 30-34 degrees meant we could walk on top of the snow for the first 8.5 miles, which was terrific even without crampons. The last half mile was slush by 3 PM though and felt like walking through sand. You could make this a really pretty, short out and back by going clockwise and just walking up to the falls and back. the best view of the hike is just below the big fall. I’d walk a little further up, though, until just before the crossing to see as much of the stream and falls as possible :)

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David Foral
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Bridget Todd
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We actually did the loop a little differently. We started at the trailhead at the end of VA630. The views of the waterfalls were amazing! Most were frozen. The swimming hole was really pretty but definitely slippery near the slide.

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Andrew Sharrock
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jonathan Bronley
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Solid hike. Went counterclockwise. Didn’t see a soul for the first 2,5 miles. Some white on the ground at the higher elevations and a bit muddy down below. Falls were awesome towards the end and there was almost no one there today.

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Jay Neale
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I did the loop clockwise. Going up Overall run to the base of the mountain is rocky and wet in places. But the geology of the area is amazing and signs of rock work leaves you wondering who lived there years ago. After a serious climb you are rewarded by an amazing view at a gorgeous campsite. A bit further up you'll find rock outcroppings with views of the lower falls. The view of the upper falls is equally amazing. The trail to the top is well worn by campers at Mathews Arm and folks who parked at the top. Returning by Beecher's Ridge is low impact and fairly easy. But by then you've earned a break! Returning up Overall Run to the Thompson Hollow trail you'll see a couple swimming hole that were it a bit warmer I would have gladly jumped in.

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Teomner Perez
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kate thomas
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Trail was great, went counterclockwise to have a more gradual incline. There are many portions of the trail covered by the river so be sure to wear shoes you’re ok with getting wet! There was also a good amount of snow and ice but not too bad. Great hike.

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Deok Kim
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Wesley deHart
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Stephen Abresch
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Did the trail counter clockwise for the much more gradual incline. This puts all the good views and the falls towards the second half/end of the hike. Careful on the trail due to the leaves hiding rocks, but enjoyable hike with a good overlook. Also, very limited parking, so get here early.

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Jamie Edgar-Nielsen
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This was a great, long trail with lots of vertical. Nothing tricky - it’s just exhausting! Keep your eyes peeled at the beginning - we had a bear encounter. The bear was about 50 feet away from us and was easy spooked when we shouted.

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Julia Rudlaff
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The parking lot is hard to identify if you get there early like I did, there arent any trail signs and a lot of private property signs. It starts on the gravel road and you’ll start to see blue blazes pretty quickly. I’d highly recommend going counter clockwise so the beat views are at the end!

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Craig Pennington
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Zoey Gardner
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I’d recommend counterclockwise.

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