Rose River Trail [CLOSED]

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Shenandoah National Park

Rose River Trail is a 3.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Syria, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 843 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

running

beach

forest

river

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

closed

Many trailheads in this park are closed due to COVID-19. Please check the park website for up to date info on which trails are accessible.

Lots of water today. Definitely be careful walking this trail after it rains. The trails were flooded and basically a stream. My dog loved it.

hiking
8 days ago

Hiked this trail with my husband and two kids. We started by veering to the left, hit the falls and swimming holes first then continued on finishing via the fire road going past a cemetery. We really enjoyed it and want to do it again but having experienced it now, next time I think we will go right first as that is the bulk of the hike and reward ourselves at the end with a splash in the falls.

hiking
muddy
scramble
9 days ago

hiking
flooded
muddy
11 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

Easy to follow, well maintained, beautiful trail

hiking
13 days ago

Great trail, great workout but worth it

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Tons of people today. Great leg workout.

hiking
off trail
rocky
2 months ago

Beautiful and kid friendly

hiking
bugs
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Excellent trail that can be finished in a couple hours. Parking area near by. Each side of the loop start as a descent down to the lowest point where the trail reaches the water falls. Expect rocky areas where you can twist an ankle, but easy enough for careful hikers. Take water and a light snack. I suggest starting to the left on the horse trail, you will meet with the RR trail, walk the last half of the trail following the waterfall uphill, then finish the hike with the best view/largest flow of the waterfall. You will end the trail with the fire road that connects back to parking. An enjoyable trail with good photo opportunities.

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

I would STRONGLY recommend downloading the trail map!!! In several spots in the last third of the hike the trail was poorly marked. The beginning is a fire road and is blazed yellow. Easy downhill travel for strollers and level enough for any ability level all the way to the first falls. At the bridge turn left to a blue blaze trail. The descent alongside the falls to the bottom of the gap was rocky and steep muddy, but passable and well worth the effort. This section of falls was covered in moss and showing signs of spring. Lots of folks trying to fish at fishers gap. The remainder was unremarkable, as it wasn’t showing signs of spring yet. When you return to the horse trail your blaze is yellow,, keep left towards fishers gap for the last half mile.

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Parking is located at the Fisher’s Gap Overlook. Cross Skyline Drive to access the trail head. I’d suggests turning left at Rose River Loop Trail and taking the loop in that direction; it makes the ascent a bit easier! The trail is super fun and there are tons of places to explore of trail along the stream.

hiking
2 months ago

4.5 Rose River loop, great weather, week 249, low crowds, lots of waterfalls, touches dark hollow falls

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful river and falls, but my favorite part of the trail was Cave Cemetery. Cool to be reminded that folks lived in the park up until relatively recently. Enjoyed a snack next to the river while 4 deer grazed and drank water. Not surprisingly, the ascent back up to the parking area was difficult in places. In early May, there was some ice on the rock portions but nothing too treacherous. I could skirt around most of it with some effort. would recommend!

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

This trail is fairly easy and mildly boring. Nothing spectacular besides just being outside in the woods. As one could guess by the name of the trail, it briefly follows the Rose River. There are a few different waterfalls. I didn't see a single soul while I was out there (a beautiful Saturday AM). Towards the end of the hike (if you did not begin on the fire road), there is a random cemetery in the woods. I have recently found these to be quite common in SNP. Based on some of the headstone dates, it's still fairly active. Anyway, decent hike with no spectacular views.

hiking
3 months ago

WATERFALLS :D

hiking
icy
3 months ago

Great trail. Bit icy.

hiking
3 months ago

Two falls for the price of one

hiking
icy
4 months ago

4 months ago

enjoyed the trail, but the main falls had too many people around.

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muddy
rocky
4 months ago

What a trail! Truly scenic. The main falls aren't particularly amazing (if that's a thing for this trail), but there are falls throughout the river running alongside the trail which is absolutely spectacular! Well trafficked and pet friendly. The last section of the horse trail isn't particularly difficult, but helped me catch my breath for a quiet walk back to the lot. Conditions were slippery at points and a bit muddy and overall very well maintained. As others have mentioned, I went clockwise (left after the chains) and it was really great! If you're looking for something more difficult, try the counterclockwise route. I would highly recommend this trail for visitors. Top rated for overall scenery, difficulty and distance in the park. Easily a new favorite on my list. Likely a spring or fall gem!

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