Rose River Trail to Story of the Forest Trail Loop

MODERATE 6 reviews
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Rose River Trail to Story of the Forest Trail Loop is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stanley, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 6.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,522 feet Route Type: Loop


trail running






wild flowers




no dogs

7 days ago

This was a great time. We modified it a bit and started from the visitor center and actually passed the campground and stayed on the AT until the split for Lewis Falls. Those falls were a little less climatic then the others, but a high view. The Lewis falls trail requires some scrambling and we saw some folks that were in deeper then their skills. This falls trails are rated moderate, but closer to hard. All in all a nice workout with great things to see. I recommend counterclockwise from the Big Meadows waypoint and return. You can cut the AT back to big meadows and skip the Lewis Falls trail and it will help you avoid cutting through the campground. We will do this again. About 6hr and 10 miles with our frolicking.

4 months ago

We followed this exactly on a chilly morning in March. The trail is great, A nice long downward segment, following the river, with it's complex of falls. Then a steady uphill climb through the trees, following, part of the way, another creek. Then (back across Skyline drive), a terrific patch of the Appalachian Trail. About four-fifths of the way along, you pass through (or around) a big campground. There are a zillion ways you could go through it, but the best way will likely depend on the time of year. In March, it's empty.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

My husband and I did this hike on July 1 and the beginning is fantastic. This starts as the Dark Hollows Falls Trail at mile 50.7 and follows a river for the first half of the hike with tons of falls and photo ops. After you steer away from the river, it just becomes a hike for distance. If you continue on the Appalachian Trail and don’t cut back to the camp grounds where the map shows, there is a great view a couple hundred yards away. At the end, you walk through a camp ground, which is a bit odd.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Very nice hike! It was a good level of difficulty for three fairly in shape hiking novices. The flowing water and views were pretty! The only downside was that the trail at the end was not clearly marked.

trail running
Monday, June 04, 2018

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