White Rock Falls Loop

MODERATE 18 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
1,213 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.

3 months ago

My husband and I completed this hike on a warm, sunny day in the middle of May. We hiked it as a loop with Slacks Trail beginning with the White Rock Falls trail first. It took us a total of 2 hrs 15 mins to complete the loop with several breaks along the way. We are beginner hikers, and found the White Rock Falls Trail to be relatively easy leading to the falls, but then quite strenuous as the trail switchbacks up the mountain leading to the road. However, there were many opportunities to stop and cool off in the stream. The overlook at Priest Mountain was nice, also. Slacks Trail was fairly unremarkable with the exception of some beautiful blooming rhododendron along the way. We were glad to have a leisurely walk back to the car, though. To get to the entrance to Slacks Trail, you have to walk about 50 yds along the road to the Slacks Overlook car pull off and the trail is to the right near a picnic table. Overall, this is one of my favorite hikes on the Parkway.

4 months ago

Excellent route! It was basically what we were looking for. We chose to do it in early April. Although it was supposed to snow, we decided that this won’t stop us. The hike was moderate, beautiful lookout point, amazing waterfall and intersecting river in the second part with a lot of different landscapes. Everything you look for in a hike, even in a not optimal weather.

6 months ago

Wonderful loop trail! I love this area! So many different options to do with hikes here ! I agree the slacks trail isn't all that, but it's not that long and just enjoy it! The white rock falls trail is pretty . If you are taking the loop starting at milepost 18.5 , parking at the gravel lot there and crossing over the Parkway to the white rock falls trail ( look for the yellow marks for the path) , this way is where later on the trail , near the waterfalls , you will have a steep incline. If you feel like something different, if you park at the 18.5 mile parking place, take the White Gap Trail all the way down to the Sherando Lake area (2 miles down) and come back up! It's really pretty with hemlocks and a stream all the way down and a couple awesome campsites on way down. And Torrey Ridge trail connects at the opposite end of the slacks trail. It's beautiful to walk upon that ridge!

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7 months ago

One of my favorite 5 mile loops in the area.

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9 months 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.

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9 months 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.

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11 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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