Piney Branch Trail is a 8.5 mile out and back trail located near Rileyville, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length8.5 miElevation gain1,643 ftRoute typeOut & back
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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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Madison G
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Hiking

It’s all fun and games until you have to go all the way back up. (Also beautiful waterfalls!)

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Ashley Nae
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Ally Thomson
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Hiking

Good trail. A little rough on the feet at points due to small rocks, but overall enjoyable. Elevation is fine and doesn’t feel overly steep at any one point. Serene trail. Easy to hook up to other trails / pop up to skyline drive overlook spots. My dog loved it too.

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Emily Vaughan
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Like J Burt, we did a good portion of this as part of a 9.5 mile Little Devil's, Pole Bridge, Piney Branch, Hogback, Kaiser Run loop. It was nice and serene. Not terribly exciting, but not everything needs to be :)

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Frankie Kimberlin
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Fishing

This is one of my favorite hikes. I love to fly fish and this stream has some of the best brook trout in the park. I uploaded a few pictures of the things you may see on this trail. There are also some nice waterfalls along the trail.

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Muzaffar Zaffar
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Hiking

Hikining in this route in early November is just exercise because nothing available to enjoy, small falls available and walking with stream is only a good time but that is only half of the trail. Fork Mt trail if we do circle than this trail must be little more to enjoy.

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J Burt
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We hiked a good portion of this trail as a part of the roughly 10 mile loop up Little Devil Stairs, across Pole Bridge, down Piney Branch, and finished with Hogback over to the Kaiser Run Fire Road. Overall the hike follows water most of the way up and back down, so there are quite a few water crossings and falls to check out along the way (bring extra socks haha). It was beautiful late October. LDS took a good bit of time and energy to ascend so the easier hike down Piney Branch was a really nice follow up. Fire road hikes always sound boring to me, so if you have the time and energy to do the longer route I definitely think it was worth it.

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Amanda Mueller
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L. Scott
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Susan Monaco
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Steve VW
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Susan Monaco
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Wanda Cruz
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Mark Bare
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Damon Bowe
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Mike Stark
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Brett Elford
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Steve Emery
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Alex Gray
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Barbara Gray
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Jeff Thompson
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Michelle Ryan
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Josiah David
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David Kondner
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Abe K
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Frank Oley
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David Foral
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Susan Monaco
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Susan Monaco
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