White Rock Falls Loop

MODERATE 7 reviews
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White Rock Falls Loop is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tyro, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1361 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

Starting at BRP MP 18.5 Parking. Proceed on the White Rock Gap Trail for 0.4 miles. Turn left at the marker to hike 1.7 miles along the Slacks Trail. The Slacks Trail is mostly level, meandering through a hardwood forest. The trail is popular with mountain bikers, so keep aware. There are a few views through the trees, but no notable stops. Head to the Slacks Overlook Parking and cross the road. Head a bit left to find the entrance to the White Rock Falls Trail. Hike downward through numerous mountain laurel and rhododendron, crossing several wood bridges over the stream. As you gain elevation, look for several great views from the rocks on your left. The trail will start to descend sharply as you near the falls. After the first major switchback, look for the spur trail to the upper falls, just past the large rock overhang. The 40 ft falls base has plenty of rocks and pools for resting and wading, not deep enough for a full swim. Retrace the spur back to the main trail - the stream bed drops off and is too dangerous to maneuver. The trail has its most significant elevation drop for the next half mile until it crosses the stream. The remainder of the trail is mostly gentle ups and downs, passing through what was once a beautiful hemlock grove. Look for some sweet views of The Priest as you continue on the White Rocks Falls Trail back to the parking area.

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10 days ago

Moderate hike from parking lot, once you pass the stream, pretty strenuous hike up to top of cliffs, worth the hike at the top, rocky cliffs are cool, as you continue to the parkway there are some cool ravines to look at.
At the parkway, I have just hiked parkway back to parking lot, can't say much for slacks trail.

hiking
27 days ago

The start of the trail from the parking lot was super easy. Then the trail split and to continue on the loop, the trail incline went up pretty steep for a long time until you get to the overlook. Not a difficult hike though. The overlook was much to "look" at really. The trail started getting difficult once I crossed the parkway to the second half of the trail and got closer to the falls. Lot of rocks roots, some got pretty slick due to the layer of fallen leaves. Cross a cute stream and follow it a ways. The path down to the falls was a pretty steep decline in my opinion. I'd probably have been on my butt if not for my hiking pole. The falls were beautiful but there wasn't much water (not much rain lately). Still nice to sit and watch and listen too. After the falls, the path continued to be a little difficult for a while but then it eased up and the inclines/declines got smoother.

Although difficult at times, I definitely liked this hike. It was a good workout and had plenty of beautiful things to look at. I'd like to go back again when the waterfall would really be moving more.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice moderate loop just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The waterfall was a bit dry, and the Parkway overlooks will give you better views, but it's a great walk in the woods. The trail description is a good guide.

I went counterclockwise, and all the inclines were fairly gradual. The declines could be a bit steep. Trail is very well marked and well maintained. Dog friendly.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

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Saturday, June 25, 2016