Explore the most popular trails near Shady Valley with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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I’ve been there so many times, there’s a waterfall too.

on Backbone Falls Trail

8 days ago

pretty waterfall went during raining season so it would be larger. this falls is for when you dont have time dor long hike beautiful area and lots to look at

hiking
4 months ago

Quick little hike! Beautiful waterfall in April. Our young kids (3,6,7) did well with this.

walking
10 months ago

Peaceful area

This was a cool little hike to do while we were in the area. Sheer dropoffs, so be especially careful with kids.

Friday, July 07, 2017

this trail is pointless. there's also a trail up the mountain if you're willing to hike 5miles in and 5milea back.

hiking
Monday, April 10, 2017

For those looking for a crazy short trail to see a decent waterfall. This is the trail for you. It's super family friendly area. Not the biggest waterfall and would suggest visiting during the wetter months to catch a good flow coming from it.

hiking
Monday, April 10, 2017

Short hike with heavy traffic. Traffic being people on the trail and cars driving by. Makes for an easy hike on a trail with no blazes

Friday, March 24, 2017

nice easy quiet trail. not blazed very well but the trail is easy to follow

hiking
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ok so we went to the bridge and explored we were up there and found an actual hidden treasure someone hide in 2006 for us hikers to find made the hike awesome, me and my hiking crew loved it hope you guys find it too we were the first since 06!!! Good luck treasure hunters!

hiking
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

nice hike and beautiful

Monday, October 17, 2016

This a nice little trail, short and sweet. Starting from the parking lot and crossing over tunnel for a more moderate scenic hike. If your in the area its worth swinging by to hike. Not worth traveling more then an hour to hike unless you time it out with the operating hours of the local brewery.

My Dad and I (first-time backpackers) found this section on the Alltrails app and did it Fathers Day weekend. Being a former US Marine, it was nothing for me. My Dad a flatlander had a rough time. Not because of the difficulty of the trail, but it was just a bit much for a 70 year old. We did complete the 15 miles without incident and me carrying both our packs. Very beautiful, met Smokey Scout who gave us trail names. Wonderful experience I'll always remember and highly recommend! Thanks Alltrails

This is a quick moving section of trail for a Thru-hiker. If pushing for Trail Days - Don't skimp on enjoying the trail.

Really nice trail for an easy over night trip.

hiking
Thursday, March 24, 2016

A very short and easy trail with some stairs. It takes you over Backbone Rock. The westernmost part of the trail actually goes to the AT when properly maintained. There are guard rails as you cross over route 133. There are good view of the river as it wraps around Backbone Rock. The parking lot also has a rest room while the loop also has a picnic shelter (reservations may be required), and several picnic table/grills. The loop makes a figure 8 and is only about a half mile. Further up the rode towards Damascus is a campground.

hiking
Thursday, March 24, 2016

This was a very easy hike with lots of stairs. The trail head is on the east side of route 133 and you can see some stair steps in a small parking lot next to another dirt path. If there isn't enough room then park in the main parking lot on the other side of the street where the Backbone Rock trail head is. I initially took the left which ended up being a bushwhack. Its a half mile loop with blue blazes. Take an immediate right after going up the stairs next to the Trail 198 sign. There is also scenic overlook facing route 133 on your way to the falls. You will come up to the top of the falls and then take some stairs down and around for a better view. Follow the stairs all the way down to route 133 where there is a wooden foot bridge to cross on your way back to the parking lot trail head. The skinny waterfall is 40-50 tall and it had good volume. Its located next to a gorge like rock wall which makes for a good pano shot.

hiking
Saturday, November 30, 2013

Beautiful part of the AT! You can enjoy a day drive and walk a small portion or plan a longer hike !

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