Looking for a great trail near Syria, Virginia? AllTrails has 32 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views 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. Ready for some activity? There are 17 moderate trails in Syria ranging from 0.9 to 12.1 miles and from 849 to 4,048 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Beautiful mostly easy alongside River lots of waterfalls

Moderate trail, and probably one of the best in the area. Take food and plan according to get back down before dark. Views are of the whole Shenandoah valley.

This trail was tough! I'm in decent shape but the climb up was hard for me. I had to take a couple breaks. The Cedar Run trail part was difficult but once we got to the climb up to Hawksbill, it felt even harder. I took a water break on some rocks on my way up, and a young bear climbed up onto the rock next to me. He looked at me to investigate for a minute and walked away. The view from Hawksbill is great though! The entire trail is full of interesting rock formations. We followed the AT for a bit, and that was a nice, easy hike. Whiteoak Falls was nice, too. There were several spots where you could take a dip in the water. The last few miles down were fairly steep, but not difficult. Including walking around at the Hawksbill summit a little, my GPS said we went over 13 miles. Bring plenty of water and/or a lifestraw. My hiking partner brought 4 liters of water and ran out (it was pretty hot though). I brought almost 4 liters and ended up giving him some of mine. But the Whiteoak Falls section has plenty of opportunities to refill and filter your water or use a lifestraw. It was strenuous, but I enjoyed this one!

my first hike! was challenging and super worthwhile. i enjoyed the rock scramble especially.

Beautiful, quick hike. We did this for sunrise and it was amazing

nice little hike, the return is a little demanding, but the falls down are worth it!

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Great views, and definitely a workout! Lots of hikers joking at the scramble about the “how hard can it be?” - thought they had when reading the reviews. More challenging than we thought, but super rewarding, and everyone finished. Due to active bears in the area, we had to listen to a ranger talk before getting on the trail. We didn’t see any bears on our morning hike.

Great hike. Beautiful all the way down. Amazing plants and falls are gorgeous. The climb back up is long and steep. There are roots and rocks. Bring water and make sure you wear the proper shoes. I saw a lot of people with inappropriate footwear for the trail.

Loved this trail! Only gave it 4 stars because it was so crowded. But it was beautiful and loved all the swimming holes

Love this trail... might take longer with little ones in tow but fun for everyone!

Daughter and I camped about mid way. Great hike!

We hike this every year!

hiking
scramble
2 days ago

hiking
scramble
3 days ago

Amazing trail! The rock scramble was a ton of fun! The descent was a bit long and monotonous, but well worth it for the ascent and the views

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

Completed in 5.75 hours. I am not an avid hiker or athletic, boyfriend works out 2-3 times per day and helped push me through. Definitely harder in the first two hours than what I was expecting but I did read a lot of reviews that warned for overall difficulty. First two was rocky trail with switchbacks up to the rock scramble. A few beautiful false summits along the way. Next approx hour was boulder scramble which was super fun. Takes your mind off of anything else but hand and foot placement. The view was absolutely incredible. Only stayed for a short time because of a storm blowing in. An hour or a little less down rocky trail before you hit the fire road. I’d say the sign lies about 2.5 miles and it’s closer to 3.5 but that’s just by my pace guess - it was miserable my boring. Overall an amazing hike - didn’t run into many people or get slowed down. Definitely doing this one again.

Did this hike yesterday with the husband and Doggo. Dog is 7 months old and was able to do just the 3 mile in and back with breaks for swimming. Was very busy for a Monday, with a lot of kids and teenagers on the trail, so it wasn't quiet, but for summer in mid-July that is to be expected. Made for more of a community feel, and folks were friendly and Doggo got lots of pets. Loved the hike, and look forward to going back when it's a little quieter.

hiking
scramble
3 days ago

This hike is no joke. Very difficult and totally worth it! If you are not in good physical shape do not attempt this hike. The rock scramble has sections that we need to be able to lift yourself up. Make sure you wear good grippy shoes so you do not lose your footing.

Great hike for a short out and back hike. The hike down is deceptively steep, which you definitely notice coming back up. Lots of places to explore the falls to get away from the crowds, too.

I've done my share of tough hikes, but this one is easily one the hardest I've ever done. It's challenging physically and mentally in a way that a heavily trafficked trail in a busy national park seldom is. Going up is taxing, so by the time you get to the rock scrambling you are tired just as it's getting to be where you need to be sharpest. I wouldn't say any of the scrambling is dangerous, but being tired makes it all the more hard. Getting to the top feels like a genuine accomplishment which is always a good thing for a hike. The hike down the mountain is anticlimactic as you might imagine, but can't anything from the ascent. I went in the height of summer, I bet it's a lot more pleasant in October!

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

This is definitely the most rewarding hike I’ve ever completed. The views were unbelievable, however it is extremely challenging. There are many parts of this trail that will really test you-jumping and climbing rocks with no room for error if you are to fall. At the end of the hike, I could not believe how sick I felt but also how happy I was that I was able to finish it. So all and all, amazing experience.

That was fun! Nice incline to start. Shade the whole way. Too busy today though at the top

This is a great hike. I would rate the trail as moderate more then difficult, but it can be a challenge depending on trail conditions. We did the counterclockwise and really enjoyed these falls.

We did this hike up and back in less than 1.5 hours not including time spent on the summit. It was worth every step as the summit is beautiful. The trail is wide and pretty easy to navigate. The last .7 miles is pretty much straight up. Did this hike with our 11 and 9 year old children. Do this while visiting the park!

on Upper Hawksbill Trail

hiking
4 days ago

The views from the summit made the trek up worth it! We hiked it on a Saturday, late morning and it was busy, but definitely not over-crowded.

hiking
4 days ago

Nice, easy, relaxing walk through nature.

We went up Robertson and came down Corbin. That was really tough. 4 miles of a serious ascent. We had the view all to ourselves at the top. Enjoyed the stream crossings on Corbin. Will do again...just not soon.

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
4 days ago

Amazing trail. When we started hiking it was poring. When we started the rock scramble the clouds were amazing. Very beautiful and challengingly fun.

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