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if you're looking for some solitude, this is one for you.

5Jun18-weekday afternoon overcast 70° hike. The whole Loop took about an hour and a half with stops. Drank 2 liters of water along the way. This hike started off at the Dickey gift shop and an incredible view of the Shenandoah Valley. The only people I saw the whole time on this hike was in that area. I never saw a soul on the loop except for my poles haha. as far as Wildlife goes, there were a lot of bear warning signs... But all I saw were squirrels (and one platypus ;-)

I did the loop clockwise and it began by climbing for the first 20 minutes. this is where I broke the majority of my sweat. The trail is pretty even some rocky outgrowth. But It pretty much leveled out after that and was mostly downhill. There were a couple of Spurs I could not go to because I wore shorts....and I could see poison ivy creeping up over the trail. If I had the hike over again I would have work long pants for this time of year because of the poison ivy. When I got back to the parking lot, I just washed my calves and ankles with soap and water since the bathrooms were still open. all good :)

The only place the trail got tricky to follow (because the overgrowth) was at The Farmhouse itself. I started going left when I was supposed to follow the trail down to the right, over a recent rain made Creek and then join a big trail.

* Really nice peaceful hike, would love to do it again in the winter just to see how it looks then.

Happy Travels!
the RAWG

walking
20 days ago

The trail starts downhill. Past the waterfall and to the right is a little cabin across a tiny bridge that apparently is privately owned but grandfathered into Shenandoah National park. If you don’t like finishing your walk uphill, don’t do this. Also, it was nice and shaded. My dog was a happy camper on this trail.

My dogs and I walked down to the water falls are many days of rain, It was more impressive than I expected. Best think to see it after some rain. A nice walk in the rain,

I did this as a point-to-point from Compton Gap to the park entrance. it was approximately 10 miles with 900' of elevation gain. Heading in the opposite direction, it is a far more difficult hike. The highlights are a stop at the visitor center and the definite possibilty of seeing a bear.

hiking
2 months ago

Took the trail down to the fall. It's easy and not too long, but don't underestimate the uphill climb on the way back.

Not much to see on the falls. You can climb down some rocks next to the water. If you want a really short hike with some water, it's worth doing.

We walked past the fall on the fire road another mile, and that was very steep at points, which made the return a decent workout.

My favorite trail starts 1 mile from my door.

I hiked this trail with my kids (9 and 14) and my mom (65). It was a quick, easy walk to the waterfall along the gravel fire road and the waterfall was gorgeous (early April). You actually stand at the top of the waterfall and look down. More adventurous hikers can climb down a bit to get a great close up view of the falls and it makes for a great photo opportunity. The uphill walk back up was not fun but worth it for a quick view of the falls. We turned around at the falls but you could keep going. Other than the falls, the hike is pretty boring, not any good views or unique terrain, this is the only reason I rated a 3 instead of higher.

There is a very small (easy to miss) parking lot near mile 9 on Skyline Drive with minimal signage. The whole hike is on a fire road, so less scenic than other hikes in the park. It’s out and back (downhill on the way in and uphill on the way back). When we hiked this it was a nice leg stretch after a long drive, but the hike ends at a very small stream with a very small trickling cascade (not what you may think when you hear waterfall). It might be a better hike after a lot of rain. Walk is shaded and easy to do in sneakers.

7 months ago

Where is the trail? No markings anywhere!

Pretty good trail to do with kids and dogs...well maintained. Counter-clockwise travel knocks out the steeper parts first.

Fun trail to do with your family. It has a couple of nice inclines/declines, but my 8, 6 and 4 year old boys were able to easily handle them. If you go clockwise on the trail and get to the TSA beacon, that is not the "summit". Go about 200 yards further on the main trail and you will not miss it.

It was good for what I wanted today. Would have liked more incline/declines, but just a nice hike/walk in the woods. Mostly deer for wildlife and my dog had fun. One nice overlook view on the loop.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trail LOTS of deer today. Good cover on a drizzly day. Starts out closed up brush then opens up with sparse but expansive woods. Took my dog for the Dickey Ridge Trail to Snead Farm Loop around and back.

10 months ago

A great family trail. Not much by way of views but you see the family cemetery and the walk has just enough incline to be interesting but not so much to be daunting. Families with dogs make this loop all the time.

hiking
10 months ago

The walk through the woods was peaceful. The kids enjoyed looking for the various items that the visitor center provided. All in all, decent trail and nice start to Shenandoah.

hiking
11 months ago

This is a good family hike with nice forest views. The mostly gravel trail is wide and follows an old fire road down to the falls. Once there, you can take a well-worn path a short distance for a better view of the upper cascade. It is not spectacular, but it was pretty with the recent rain. There is a small parking area near mile 9 on Skyline Drive. The trail is not marked...look for the sign for the fire road.

walking
11 months ago

Great walk

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Ok hike, pretty views at Dickies Hill but other than that not a hike I'd repeat. Went with Linda and Beth

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

This is a really nice short hike. We have two young children that hiked it with us and they had no problems getting around. There had been a lot of rain recently so the waterfall was really flowing! It's not too far from the Skyline entrance which is a plus if you don't want to spend all day on the drive. highly recommend this trail.

walking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

its a nice walk through the woods, short and easy. trail a little narrow sometimes so beware of ticks from the grass. only one really good view from the trail but there is a nice picnic area and visitors center for the family.

hiking
Saturday, April 29, 2017

The waterfall was flowing today, and that made this short hike worth it. We tried this hike this past fall and were disappointed with the trickle.

hiking
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Not a bad outing to do with the family.

on Dickey Ridge Trail

hiking
Monday, February 20, 2017

Great day for a hike, only went up 4 miles but it was a good moderate uphill trail!

hiking
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

We brought our six month old lab here for his first hike in mountains. Having hiked some of the more "dramatic" hikes in the park, I didn't go into this one with a lot of expectation other than a nice walk in the woods. I was pleasantly surprised though. Not much elevation change but there are a couple of hills to climb. The walk up the path through the electrical poles was pretty cool. The farm itself was a nice stopping point. Not much to look at, basically an old barn but fun anyway. We kept going and came to a really nice overlook on Dickeys Ridge and took some pics. All in all nothing crazy but it did exceed my expectations.

hiking
Sunday, February 12, 2017

great views, enjoyed the mixture of trail.

hiking
Tuesday, February 07, 2017

We like the trail however it takes a while to get to the outlook. Overall, it was a good hike!

hiking
Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Started at the Dickey Visitor Center picnic area. Go along the picnic area road and across Skyline Drive onto the service road. Go straight until the service road goes up the hill to the right. You go to the left onto the Snead Farm Loop Trail, which will take you to Snead Barn and then joins to the Dickey Ridge Trail to take you around Dickey’s Ridge (and gives you a magnificent view of the valley). The total loop is about 3.5 miles. It does have some climbing in it. I did it in 45-degree weather (Jan 4, 2017) with rain jacket, sweat shirt, and t-shirt on most of the time except for the climbs, where the jacket and sweat shirt came off. Great trail for a moderate hike. You can add on the Fox Hollow Trail loop to add 2.5 miles to the hike. It joins the Dickey Ridge Trail. BTW, the park trails are open all year long unless the park is closed due to bad weather. And, you can take you dog on this hike with you.

hiking
Saturday, December 10, 2016

I did out and back from 522 to comptons gap , aside from the cold there is a whole lot of elevation including lots of switch backs . Not sure who called this trail easy but I would rank it more on the moderate side and if you do out and back the last ascent is pretty brutal . Once you get to the fire road in the park I would say that is easy and not steep . The rocks at the top before you get into the park is pretty awesome ! Pretty bad ass section of the AT and I would recommend it if you like the elevation .

hiking
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Very easy hike with two kids and a dog!

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