Rose River Fire Road

HARD 7 reviews
#151 of 199 trails in

Rose River Fire Road is a 11.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Syria, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, horses, and backpacking and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 11.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,286 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash



horseback riding

nature trips







3 months ago

Stumbled upon this one completely by accident! Didn't hike the whole thing, just the first 2.5 miles, but I'll definitely be coming back to do the rest possibly as a backpacking trip because what I did see what beautiful. It feels very remote, not a lot of activity there aside from wildlife (smelled a bear, heard a bear but did not see a bear). Best of all you don't have to pay a fee to get to the trail.. not sure if they charge you when you approach Big Meadows but I doubt it, so makes for a good fee-free alternative to get into SNP but it'll make you work for it for sure. The beginning is extremely rocky so watch your step but elevation gain is gradual early on; a good warm up to what appears to be a steeper grade with switchbacks further down. Parking is also very limited at this trailhead (it's like a small gravel cul-de-sac) that fits maybe 5 or 6 cars max so get there early, especially if you're fixing to hike the whole thing to Big Meadows or Dark Hollow.

Mon Nov 05 2018

Honestly this trail is extremely unnerving. It's an extremely long trail with not a whole lot going on in the winter. I was hiking this on a Saturday a year or so ago and saw numerous bear scat, deer scat, and even saw some tracks. It's very lightly trafficked and the locals were not friendly at all when I waved and said hello. No reciprocation there. The hike itself is mostly uphill and totally not worth the trip to find the waterfall. The best parts were where you has brief breaks in the trail to walk to the water and check out some of the rocks and superlight whitewater that washed through. I collected some cool smooth river stones. All in all, for the 12 mile backcountry hike, the rewards weren't great. I wouldn't recommend this unless its summer and you have some family or something to do on your way up other than just look around. It's basically a road thats unmaintained and has no real views.

6 months ago

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