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Victoria Nguyen
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SenderismoTrepar

Completed in August 2015. Nice hike, fun scramble. Only thing is the end (depending on which way you start) is a boring hike through the woods on a paved road.

Sarah Rushing
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Senderismo

This is a great option for Mary’s Rock if you’d like to approach from the south (less crowded) side but want more than a 2.5 mile hike. The AT meanders up and down (so your return trip won’t be entirely downhill), but it’s mostly shaded with lots of great overlooks. On a Thursday morning, we didn’t see anyone until we got to the actual rock.

Molly Shanahan
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Senderismo

Good low key hike. Very underwhelming waterfall. Boring after the fall.

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Rob Krumwiede
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Fantastic waterfall with a great forest setting on the way down. Easy to get down, but you will have a bit of a climb coming back out, nothing too crazy though by any means. Got to see a deer at pretty close distance on my way down. I was disappointed to see that there were 2 empty water bottles left behind at the falls by people. Pack out your trash people!!! It's such a beautiful and pristine place, let's keep it that way by following the "leave no trace" principle!

Tad de Bordenave
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SenderismoFuera del senderoInsectosLleno de maleza

Easy on the bugs. Lots of up-and-down right grandchildren has an easier time than grandparents. Of course. Always. Views on only OK. Good sites for tents at the top

Eric Rohr
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Senderismo

Great heavily trafficked trail that’s well traveled with a few difficult rock scrambles. Definitely recommend to anyone that’s comfortable with the scrambles

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Pearry 23656
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Keith Schofield
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Christine Trumbull
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Senderismo¡Excelente!

This was a beautiful hike and day. The views on the way up are amazing and the view at the top is worth the 1200 ft climb up. Its fairly steep, but manageable if your in any shape or just take your time. Once your at the top, it's one of the best summits in VA. Very rocky. Well maintained.

Steve A.
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Senderismo

LOWER white oak canyon and cedar run

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Sarah Rushing
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Senderismo

Great for sunset! Be aware it’s mostly downhill to the overlook, which means you’ll need to go back up (approx. .6 miles) on your return.

Allison H.
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Started at Mathews Arm Campground and connected to the northern end of the trail at the AT via the Traces and Tuscorora-Overall Run trails, for a total of 14.10 miles in 5 1/2 hrs. Went west/south and did the descent down Piney Ridge first, and then went northward up the Little Devils Stairs. The descent was nice and gradual, and I definitely preferred going up the ‘stairs’, so would recommend going counterclockwise if you’re debating direction. The actual steep incline portion of Little Devils Stairs wasn’t very long, and the rest was a gradual incline; however, the .75-1 mile of steep incline requires some scrambling or climbing up, plus lots of stream crossings that I could imagine are tricky if there’s been a lot of rainfall. Saw two bears on/near the trails and one rattlesnake, plus bear tracks and scat (one bear on Piney Ridge and the other on the bottom portion of Little Devils Stairs, and the footprint/scat later on, so the bears have definitely been taking advantage of fewer humans out on the trails). You could tell the Piney Ridge portion hasn’t gotten much usage/maintenance lately, and I would recommend wearing long pants since there’s a lot of plant overgrowth. Definitely bring something to make noise to alert bears while you’re hiking.

Phoebe A.
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John Seigle
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Senderismo

Amazing. Park at Skyline drive Cedar pulloff and went down White Oak the across the cut at the bottom and up Cedar. About 4.5 hours moving time and 6 hours total loop. A couple swims in both creeks. Minimal other hikers except people in the swimming holes. Definitely do this if in the area (the loop and the swims). Lots of water in this heat.

Siri Zwemke
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Senderismo

Rated this a three star for peacefulness. It's a plain Jane hike, easily followed, not too strenuous, with a good stopping point halfway for a picnic (tables provided). Isolated, quiet, nothing spectacular to see, lots of birds to hear, shaded, enough of a workout to feel you got a workout, and not that popular. Parking is limited (four spots) and it's almost immediately after you enter at the Swift River Gap entrance (you park on the road) so get there early. A good hike for some one on one conversation or just communing with nature.

Jorda Waters
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SenderismoFangosoRocoso

Great trail, I would also recommend taking the horse trail to begin. The hike back up is a bit strenuous, but not terrible. Did see about a 4 foot black snake so keep an eye out!

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Melissa Yeakley
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Senderismo

When you get to the parking lot, the trail head is on the other side of the road. There is a fire road next to the parking lot that we mistakenly walked down for about .25 miles. The actual trail was great. Essentially straight down and back up with a pretty creek peeking out in places. We let our dog get in the shallow creek in two spots. Be sure to keep your dog on a leash because there was a bear and two cubs on the fire road trail (which was why we turned around in the first place!) This trail doesn’t give any views across the valley, it’s heavily wooded with big tulip poplars. It ends rather abruptly and turns into another road that’s private property, so keep a heads up! The hike back up was pretty strenuous!

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Julie Chickery
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Senderismo

Nice short trail that goes by a small cemetery.

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Adam Krauss
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SenderismoInsectosRocoso

Great trail to take a larger dog as the rockiness means there are areas where they will need to leap 2-3ft

Emma Dolan
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This trail is a nice day hike challenge. Little ups and downs keep it interesting the whole way. There aren’t any views at Cat Knob or Jones Mtn, so you’ll have to go all the way to the Bear Church Rocks overlook for a view. Several sections were overgrown, and there were LOTS of stinging nettles. I’d recommend wearing pants.

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Sarah Rushing
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Senderismo

Great for sunset! Be sure to turn around and see Old Rag behind you as well.

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