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Best trails in Stanley

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Looking for a great trail near Stanley, Virginia? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Shenandoah National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Preddy Creek Trail Park or G R Thompson State Wildlife Management Area. Ready for some activity? There are 12 moderate trails in Stanley ranging from 1.4 to 13.3 miles and from 1,706 to 4,045 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Top trails (13)
#1 - Dark Hollow Falls Trail
Shenandoah National Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 57 m
Dark Hollow Falls is one of the closest scenic falls to the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. This is a fairly easy walk down, but the trek back up on the way out may be slightly challenging. A very popular hike at mile 50.7. There are some sitting rocks along the trail if you need to rest especially on your way back up. In the spring the blossoms of Mountain Laurel adorn the path with bright pink blossoms. The trail follows the Hogcamp Branch stream as it leaves the Big Meadows spring and eventually drops over the falls. The trail is cool and shaded by a canopy of trees that offers welcome relief in the summer. As you are hiking down listen to the sounds of the water and also to the sounds of nature. One of the birds that may serenade your hike is the Blue Headed Vireo. This neotropical migrant that breeds at high elevations in the park has a very sweet melodious voice that seems to say "Look-Up, In-the-Trees". If you happen to see a dragonfly it may be one of the uncommon species that requires pristine, shaded mountain streams. When you spot one of these you know you are in a special place. Near the bottom of the trail you will come to a viewing platform where you can see the top of the falls. If you continue another tenth of a mile down the trail you will reach the base of the falls for a much more impressive view. Legend says that Thomas Jefferson was quite fond of these falls and spent time quietly contemplating the wonders of nature at the foot of Dark Hollow falls. Learn about black bears, wildflowers, and enjoy the falls as President Thomas Jefferson did back in the day.Show more
#2 - Lewis Spring Falls Trail
Shenandoah National Park
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 41 m
#3 - Rose River Trail to Story of the Forest Trail Loop
Shenandoah National Park
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 36 m
#4 - Lewis Falls via Lewis Spring
Shenandoah National Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 1 h 9 m
#5 - Rose River Trail to Lewis Falls Trail and Appalachian Trail
Shenandoah National Park
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 4 h 28 m
The Three Falls hike is a loop hike that passes Rose River Falls, Dark Hollow Falls, and Lewis Spring Falls. These are three of the most beautiful falls in Shenandoah National Park. Dogs are not allowed on the Dark Hollow Falls Trail.Show more
#6 - Hawksbill Summit via Rock Spring Cabin Trail and Salamander Trail
Shenandoah National Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 50 m
#7 - Lewis Spring Trail
Shenandoah National Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
Start at Big Meadows Lodge (trailhead is to the right when facing the lodge). Follow trail to the falls. Mostly single-track rocky descent.Show more
#8 - Big Meadow to Big Rock Falls
Shenandoah National Park
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 52 m
#9 - Hazeltop Summit via Appalachian Trail
Shenandoah National Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 1 h 9 m
Hike to the highpoint of Greene County, which is not the summit of Hazeltop, but rather an indistinct point near the summit. Show more
#10 - Middle River Road to Bearfence Mountain
Stanley, Virginia
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
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