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Nice and quick! Make sure you go both to the right (views of the Valley) and to the left (lava tubes) at the split. About 1.25 hours. approx 2.25 miles.

Lots of rocky terrain, but nothing too daunting. Beautiful view at the top, but very heavily trafficked trail. If you’re looking for peace and quiet, pick a “down” time. Nice that the trail is a T at the overlooks- left is a rockier, steeper view and right is an easier, more open view. Good workout.

Great short hike. Definitely check out both sides of the split. The left side brings you down a steep decline to a cool rock formation. To the right is a beautiful look out.

hiking
9 days ago

Good day hike. We went to the right/CCW. After a short down hill there’s a steady ~3 mike uphill climb. Back 1/3 had a steep decline but it was on the short side. Awesome view of Shenandoah at the larger waterfall. Pretty muddy given all the recent rain. Tree cover along entire trail. About 5-6 stream closing that were easy but fun.

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked this with a buddy and his dog. It was a nice drive out there. You hike about a mile out to the loop. We went left or clockwise and it was pretty muddy from rain the previous day. The first 2 miles of crossing creeks was a warm up for the real creek crossings and then the haul up a biggg hill. There were some campers at the first view of the waterfall. Looked beautiful and would camp there. The next mile and half were diff camping/view points with breath taking views. The last 5-6 miles was calming and very cool to walk thru. Made a rock tower in the little creek/dam/island area a mile from the start was awesome to chill in after a long hike.

Ha! Looks like we are the only ones who missed the trail split for the East and West part ( the scenic bit) !!! We kept walking and walking and ended up back on Skyline Drive a couple of miles from the car where we started at the Compton Peak parking lot!
It was still a wonderful hike and I can’t wait to go back to see the views.

Nice hike for my dogs and myself. Saw a timber rattle snake on the trail a little too up close and personal, but it must have been Sunning or sleeping on the trail as we quickly jumped back and turned around. Well it is the mountains right?

Nice hike. Northern spur overlook was fantastic included deer visit. . Southern spur views obstructed by foliage. Will try again in winter.

hiking
1 month ago

Chose this trip to check the box on the tallest waterfall in SNP. Chose to go CW and knock out the elevation gain quickly. Mile 1 and 2 were nice gradual inclines through rocky dry stream beds. It was hard to make good time through this area. Mile three was quite the accent almost 1000 ft. The view of the falls is from the top. Not a lot to see with all the foliage still on. Unfortunately not trails access the bottom of these falls.

If you are looking to just see the falls I would recommend an out and back. Another option is an out and back from the Mathews Arm area. Given that I always opt for loops and mileage I continued around and down the Beechers Ridge Trail. Not much to see here just steady declines and forest. There are tons of good places for backcountry camping along this route.

I finished the trip with a visit to a few nice pools were the access trail meets the loop. Based on the number of bathing suit clad folks I passed on the way out I believe it is a popular swimming destination.

My first time in SNP! I usually go for much longer hikes, but this was a great outing for a spontaneous trip. Short and sweet, but moderately challenging because of the rocky terrain, so I wish I’d brought my hiking boots just for the ankle support. When you get to the split, you can go left, right, or straight. I suggest going to the left to see the geologic formation first, then coming back and doing the right hand trail to see the viewpoint. It’s a good snacking or lunch spot. Also, there were fewer people on the trail than I expected for a Saturday, so I had a lot of it to myself! Definitely dog and family friendly, though.

Just finished hike. The swimming hole is nice. It is about 200 yards to the right when you get to loop. The view of the large water was amazing about 3 miles straight up to left. The rest of the hike is really just in the forest with the bugs. Did see rattle snake which I posted picture of and two snakes on the water fall above the swimming hole. Have to say very disappointed in the hike and think there are way better hikes at Shenandoah then this. I recommend swimming hole then drive to top and see water fall from Matthew's Trail as other poster said. Last this is not moderate, it is hard.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous hike! Definitely need waterproof shoes if you're not one to like getting your socks wet. I hiked in chacos and loved it!

I wouldn't rate this trail as moderate though. It's definitely a toughie. For inexperienced/out of shape hikers, I would recommend going straight to the waterfall. I throughly enjoy backpacking and do it often so am in shape enough for the full loop, but I was with my dad this time around and was not an easy trail for him.

View is totally gorgeous and lots of fun swimming trails too! We brought our dog and she had a blast!

backpacking
2 months ago

A quick and easy one night trip for two best friends and two dogs. Very close to the trail’s head we ran into two other hikers who claimed to have gotten lost from the campgrounds and weren’t prepared to be out as long as they were. One of them was sitting slumped against a tree, sweating and looking pale. The crushed beer can and cigarette butt next to him made us wonder if that was the real reason he got sick. But we shared some of our snacks and water with them before hiking on. It was a little discouraging to see how nonchalantly people can mistreat nature, but they were the exception to the rule and everyone else we encountered on the trail was friendly and respectful!

The hike was absolutely beautiful, although the very best moment came within about the last mile when we saw a black bear and her four cubs playing on a log! I definitely recommend this one to anyone who wants a little bit of everything.

hiking
2 months ago

Make sure to follow the directions to the location from the app; do not use the name to search directions on google maps. You will not end up at the correct location.

Once you use the correct directions, you will end up at a great and challenging site. Waterfalls, rattlesnakes, butterflies, rabbits and a great terrain to give you a challenging hike.

Once you park, you will walk up to a mile marker that allows you to go left or right. Make sure to go left for an easier hike and right for an intense uphill workout. Have fun, check yourself and pets for ticks before you get in your car!

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty good ! Hiked with my 15 and 16 year old daughters . Had a flash flood warning yesterday and it rained the entire hike today so needless to say most of the “creek” crossings were just about swimmers . Waterfalls were SUPER COOL with all the runoff and pressure from a few days of rain. Unless you’ve done it before use the app as it gets a little wonky when the Belcher (yellow blazes) runs in with the Blue’s but nothing crazy ! Overall we had a blast even though I don’t think I’ve ever been wetter haha !

Awesome grove of hemlock. It’s like a different world.

Not bad

good mix of views and geologic features

backpacking
3 months ago

Great hike for a hot day because nearly 100% shaded. The elevation map was accurate with the highest elevation and hard work over about halfway through the hike and the downhill getting the knees. Saw a bear a ways off the trail. Then at the end rewarded ourselves with a dip in the swimming hole. Wonderfully refreshing. Light traffic except for the swimming hold area which was very popular. Two lovely waterfalls and a beautiful valley view. Moderate is correct but the mileage made it into hard if you aren’t used to longer hikes.

hiking
3 months ago

awsome hike took the right instead of the left gradual incline vs step incline waterfall and scenic pictures were worth it

Very difficult but very rewarding. It’s worth the hike

Took this trail when I was backpacking and it was pretty good. The waterfall was nice but nothing really special. Average Shenandoah views.

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome hike. Amazing views, full waterfalls and rivers after a week of heavy rains. Definitely recommend.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful! Bring a snack though!

hiking
5 months ago

Long hike but it was totally worth it. The waterfall was breath taking. We found some small waterfalls in the beginning and there was a slide in the waterfall that you could slide down into a pool of water (I posted a picture of it). My wife and I were not completely prepared for the hike but we still pushed through and made it through in about 5hrs.

The river trail is great for fishing.

hiking
5 months ago

So I love gorgeous views when I hike. The only good view on this hike is the two waterfalls. Don't get me wrong they're breathtaking, but no views where you can see for miles and miles.

My husband and I have different fitness levels and so I picked this trail because it was fairly close to home, not too long, and had a gorgeous view. Would do it again with him but would do a more challenging hike on my own. We thought it was a great place to hang out and could even see Blue Mountain and the Monastery in Linden, which is up the street from our home, with our pocket telescope.

Good hike. I think the trail is under rated. Had a great time with the family.

backpacking
7 months ago

Great day hike or one nighter. Great rock outcroppings, you can do easy repelling off some of the cliffs, a couple other gem overnight campsites.

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