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Definitely a fun and challenging trail to get back into hiking with. While almost all of the trail was rocks it still wasn't too difficult in regular running shoes but I definitely recommend trekking poles or better footwear.

The whole hike took the two of us about 4 hours and some change, that's with detours off trail, exploring, and enjoying the scenery.

I definitely felt that the view was lackluster. However there is a small path to the right where if you are careful and experienced enough you can actually climb down to the base of the cliffside and see a very large and interesting "cave-like" cutout that's eroded away.

Lots of incline/decline both ways and very rocky. Trekking poles are very useful. Make sure to bring enough water on hot days. The view is worth it.

hiking
8 days ago

Busy on the weekends.

Completed this hike today. The road to get to the small parking area is bumpy dirt road and as someone else mentioned in an earlier review, the address takes you to someone's house so you have to keep going about 0.3-0.5 miles from the address listed. Didn't see too many people along the trail, so it was nice and relaxing. The "waterfall" is more of a stream than what I would consider a waterfall, but still pretty. Most of the trail I would rate as easy with a few moderate sections. At Buzzard Hill there is a small overlook and right now the wild blueberry bushes are blooming.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful hike along the Appalachian Trial. We brought our dog along and we really enjoyed the nature and waterfall along the trail. The waterfall is about 0.8 miles into the hike. When going to the overlook, make sure you continue past the small camping site with a fire circle that is situated on the right (near the top of the mountain) and trek ~50 feet further and up the rocks to the left. A few hikers we came across weren't able to find it the first time around. We came early July and the temperature was high 70s and the shade was very welcome the entire hike!

The correct GPS address for the trailhead at the start of the hike is 39.072126, -77.912143. There is a small parking area on the north side of the road. White rectangular paint blazes (6 inches high by 2 inches wide) mark the Appalachian Trail.

The address currently listed (1948 Morgans Mill Rd., Bluemont, VA 20135) is a private driveway. The trail crossing is 0.3 uphill from this location.

I would definitely do this hike again. There are a few things that you might want to know, and some of the other reviews back me up on these:
Get there early, especially on weekends. We got there at 6:30 am and there were already a two cars there.
I recommend not parking in the back of the parking lot, just because it gets crowded in the small space soon.
Since the elevation rises and drops, the temperature varies kind of quickly. Also, it isn’t just up one way and down another, like the elevation chart shows. It was challenging because the steepness was intense at points.
It’s completely under trees, except for the overlook.
There are many rocks on the trail, so trail boots help; I don’t have any, I wear tennis shoes, and I could feel the ridges of the rocks through my shoes.
I rated it 4 stars only because the overlook was pretty, but not exactly breathtaking (I’m spoiled on overlooks). However, the trail is challenging, fun, and I would definitely do it again.

Quite a nice trail for moderate work out. The only stopping places are a small water fall along the way and the end point mountain view. (You might see more waterfalls after the rains ). But you will have plenty of trees , shade and mountain rocks to climb over . Nice peaceful trail in the forest . Enjoyed it and wouldn’t mind doing it again.

Stick with it to the end. It is worth the trek

hiking
14 days ago

Hiked this on a holiday weekday during the summer and it was definitely one of the toughest hikes I've experienced in the area. If you're looking for spectacular views, skip this and go across Route 7 to Raven Rock which is much shorter and offers great views. This hike was a continuous up and down ascent-descent and offered a great workout. Make sure to bring enough water--this is the only hike I drank all 3L of water in my hydration pack. The climbs are challenging, and there are a few streams to cross that offered a much needed break and water to drench your head in--these are what made this hike tolerable on a 90+ deg summer day.

All in all, great work out and will go back again (on a cooler day). I question the moderate rating on All Trails though, I would categorize this as "hard" compared to the other moderate-rated trails on here.

It was a nice hike. The falls were a bit small.

Fun hike with great view! Always fun to hike across state lines. Fairly rocky trail. Trail head parking lot full on weekend (Sunday).

Loved this hike! We spent a lot of time bouldering around the falls. Great hike for dogs too.

Good trail with my 3 year old walking and my 1 year old on my back.

Important information before hiking this trail, first, the trail is very rocky the entire way, you will be required to rock hop over two running creeks along the way, and the has three inclines over the ridges before reaching the top. Once you see the WV - VA state line the lookout is only five minutes or so. It is a nice hike, and I would only rate it difficult because of the rocky trail, otherwise it's not too bad.

Nice panaromic views. Enjoy coming during week, mid morning, less foot traffic.

Note: This trail is moderate; not hard. It’s a good option for a sunny summer day as the entire trail is under tree canopy. The rocky and uneven path deserves sturdy-soled hiking boots with good traction; 90% of the trail is akin to a dry creek bed. It’s called the “roller coaster” section for good reason. Lotsa ups and downs with a satisfying elevation gain/loss for the area. The overlook is 2.8 miles in, but you can continue on to add mileage and gain some solitude (I actually preferred the trail after the overlook!). My favorite part was sharing the trail with AT hikers, who were the happiest and most friendly people on the trail! You also get to cross the VA/WV state line, which is fun. Parking is limited and can be congested on weekends, but with a lot of comings and goings patience should earn you a spot.

A very enjoyable hike, albeit on a very rainy day. The first two or two and a half miles or so were still passable, especially for those with waterproof hiking boots. We weren't able to finish once the trail became completely washed out. Got to experience some wildlife, beautiful views, and lots of rivers and creeks.

on Bear's Den Park Trail

1 month ago

Nice hike pretty views!

Beautiful waterfall region. Trail was flooded in a few places with heavy mud but passable. Beautiful summit that has unfortunately been tainted by idiots who have decided to use a perfect viewing point for a toilet. Just don’t get some people. Haven’t they heard of the Outdoor Code.

great hike! The waterfalls were beautiful! A must go

Good trail a little bit up and down. Outlook view is super!

walking
1 month ago

decent trail with good view of valley.

Nice trail, we were a little worried about the storms brewing so didn’t see much of the falls except where we crossed them because we wanted to make sure we had enough time to get out and back. With the recent rains the trail was very muddy and slippery after the falls. The views were obscured by the tree line and the snakes on the rocks made us a little uneasy. We saw two campsites along the way and several people doing a partial AT hike. The road up is gravel and initially made us think we made a wrong turn but the directions on the app were spot on. It actually turned out to be 4.4 miles

Great hike. Good challenge. Get there early on the weekends, but the hike is long enough to space everyone out. The views at the top are as good as it gets.

Love this hike. A regular for my wife and I. Be prepared for steep hill climbs and descents on rocky trail. Beautiful views from Raven Rocks and easy access from Rte. 7. Trailhead parking can be very crowded on weekends.

If you’re looking for a strenuous, rocky up down, wet trail to hike this is for you. Definitely come prepared with water and some energy and expect to get your feet wet at this time of year that is. I’d say experienced hikers would be able to venture these trails easily and newbies will definitely need some motivation to get to the top to see the beautiful views.

Eh, took the kids (1 and 9) on this one. It’s a nice little part of the AT but we weren’t especially taken by it. A large tree had come down on the trail about .2 mile from the top, so we didn’t get to the top. It’s closer to NOVA than SNP, but SNP trails are worth the slightly longer drive.

Hiked this alone, wasn’t “hard” by any means just took a while.

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