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backpacking
20 days 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
24 days 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful! Bring a snack though!

hiking
2 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.

hiking
2 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.

hiking
4 months ago

Good hike, went clockwise, meaning the best views were in the first third of the hike. You can add a couple miles by going a little farther up to Skyline Drive. The "waterfall" was a bit disappointing but the overall hike was great. I saw a mama bear and two cubs along the trail which made the hike extra interesting. Only one really good view along the hike but was worth the hike. The climb is very smooth and not too taxing.

hiking
5 months ago

Good trail, but the actual length is closer to 10 miles. We hiked counter clockwise, which put the biggest waterfall near the end of the hike. The trail is easy to follow, but the markings are confusing.

nice views but gps threw me off and only got to AT post and turned around.. I would have kept going now that I know it was the right way..

hiking
6 months ago

This is a really nice hike because it is not too difficult and has a little bit of everything - several river crossings and water fall areas as well as a few great views. Most of the trail is thin and goes through a tunnel of woods. Its very rocky and very slippery when the leaves are down. We went counter-clockwise. Many trails connect with this one and the blazes switch from blue to yellow and then back to blue. It’s a little confusing, but with the app it’s fine. I look forward to checking it out in the spring.

Great hike, but I visited in late fall when the leaves were off the trees and the water levels were low. The falls were impressive but definitely need to see them at high water level or when it's frozen this winter.

The hike clocked in at 9 miles according to my friends gps watch. We took the counterclockwise route which was a gradual to somewhat strenuously uphill hike for the first third, maybe the second third spent on the ridge line walking somewhat level, then a steep decline over the last 1/3 of the route.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful hike. We did the loop CCW from Thompson Hollow Rd. Densely wooded, scenic streams, historic stone walls, and amazing waterfalls. Climbs for most of first half. Very rocky near waterfalls. Well marked and maintained.

Have done this hike multiple times now but on our most recent outing we took a different route. We entered from Shenandoah National Park(route above) which decreased the distance to around a six mile hike instead of 11. The first three miles are straight down to falls and overlook. It hadn't rained in awhile and the river was bone dry with the waterfall. The view was still great but we came for the waterfall. It made for a very long 3 mile hike back up and out.

hiking
9 months ago

We did this on a Sunday. Not too many other people out. We did start clockwise and that did make the hike more challenging. Our Fitbit watches clocked this at about 9 miles round trip from the truck and about 200 flights of stairs. We did see a couple of bears in the large brush. Pretty views and a good workout.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice view from the top! A nice climb, rocky uphill.

hiking
11 months ago

Park map rated this difficult, but the family managed this climb with little difficulty. Took a little time with a young child, but he did well. Definitely a moderate climb and the view at the top was worth it.

hiking
11 months ago

This has a couple of views and is a good "warm-up" to the rest of the park. My young son (not above 7 yrs.) made the 'up and back' walk with no real energy expended.

hiking
11 months ago

Down then up! Decent hike that allows you to run early on the downhill and then a steady climb coming back. I got stuck in a rain shower but the canopy of the trees keeps you almost completely dry. The streams were dry and the falls were just a trickle that wet the walls so not very scenic for august hike. I figured it would be dry. Some of the climbs are long and steep so be prepared to grind it out.

hiking
11 months ago

We had planned on hiking up to the falls. The Alltrails map showed it as a 2.5 miles up to the falls. Turns out its more like 3 miles. We did the hike at the end of July. The creek beds were dry even though it had rained the day before.

We got to the parking area at 8am, and were the 3rd car there. When we finished 3 hours later, the parking area was full with cars parked along the road for a few hundred feet.

If there had been water in the creeks it would have been better. Without the water, it was a hike through the woods on a trail that is covered with rocks. You need good footwear to avoid turning an ankle and/or bruising the bottom of your feet.

The last mile up to the waterfall is pretty steep. I calculated it around 18%. So its a doozy.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Unfortunately, we only had time for a quick stop on our drive up to D.C. We took this short trail from the beautiful visitor center to the Everett Cullers Overlook and back. The views of the Shenandoah River, Valley and surrounding mountains are wonderful (though I am sure they are even better in the winter without the leaves). I would have loved to turn this into a large loop and hiked down along the river. Maybe on the next trip.

hiking
Friday, July 07, 2017

very difficult but amazing views and lots of fun!

Friday, June 30, 2017

the overlook trail is a nice trail good for those who are not ready for moderate and hard trails. good running trail but there is loose gravel and dirt in some areas.
I took my 7 year old out on this yesterday and completed only a portion from visitor center to camp ground trail to total 3 miles. We did not have any other users so made teaching fun. He loves this trail because he can run and it is not too strenuous. the bench makes a nice lunch or snack break spot with very nice views of the river.
I recommend this trail highly especially for kids and anyone looking for a nice time in the woods without crowds.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Challenging trail with rewarding views and waterfall. Dense brush near the top on the southern side and very narrow path in some places. Advise long pants if you plan to hike the entire loop. Watch for bears. I startled one near the top ridge at approximately the halfway point and was within 100 feet. Hiked 6/18/17.

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Steep climbs (up and down), great views and nicely shaded. But felt longer and (pedometers said it was longer) than 7.3 miles.

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

Pretty trail through the forest along a wonderful stream. The views of the falls at the end are from afar but still pretty!

hiking
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Amazing hike, but with a few important notes...

We went counter-clockwise and it wasn't a very fun hike for the first 5 miles. It wasn't hard, just honestly pretty boring with nothing to look at or terrain changes.

The waterfalls are spectacular! We climbed up and down the side trails and along the water, enjoying the dramatic views.

I'm a fan of long hikes and am always trying to push for more miles, however I would honestly recommend not doing the full loop. Take the trail straight to the top of the falls, hike around there for a while and work your way back out. The ridge portion of the loop feels like a drag and just doesn't seem worth it here.

(Rating: Loop trail 3 stars, Falls portion 5 stars)

hiking
Friday, April 07, 2017

Short and steep trail with great view of the river at the peak. Also the state park is an excellent place to camp.

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