Best Easy Day Hikes Shenandoah National Park (Best Easy Day Hikes Series)
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Best Easy Day Hikes Shenandoah National Park includes concise descriptions and detailed maps for twenty-eight easy-to-follow hikes along the length of the 105-mile Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Discover panoramic views, spectacular waterfalls, and old homesteads in hikes to Lands Run Falls, Marys Rock, Limberlost, and Stony Man and Bearfence Mountains.
or you can descend farther to enjoy yet other falls created by Hogcamp Branch. From the base of Dark Hollow Falls, climb about 440 feet in elevation back to your starting point. The descent to the falls is the easy part of the hike, so remember: in Shenandoah, what goes down generally has to come back up. Miles and Directions 0.0Parking lot 0.6Overlook of Dark Hollow Falls 0.7Base of Dark Hollow Falls; retrace your steps 1.4Return to parking lot 16 Story of the
that comes in from the left at 1.5 miles. The road leads northwest to the South River Falls Fire Road. However, continue along the widening South River Falls Trail, which was once used by inhabitants traveling from one hollow to another. This wider trail descends then swings back toward the base of the falls and a cement post encircled by an aluminum band at 2.1 miles. The post states that it is 0.3 mile to the end of the road and the park’s boundary with the Virginia Wildlife Management Area. It
River picnic area; descend 0.1Cross AT and continue descent on South River Falls Trail following the blue blazes 0.75Stream running beneath rocks 1.3Overlook for South River Falls; continue toward the east (Option: Turn around and retrace your steps for a hike of 2.6 miles.) 1.5Junction with old road 2.1Cement post; path from trail to spur trail 2.2Spur trail to South River Falls; retrace steps back to trailhead 4.4Return to trailhead 22 Powell Gap This is a
to the right is Fox Mountain with three peaks, a hollow, then two more peaks. The valley below is pastoral, and you can watch clouds and storms roll in. Also along the ridgetop are fields of yarrow and more berry bushes. At the next cement post at 1.4 miles, turn right on the Frazier Discovery Trail and prepare yourself for a number of stunning views and for a hike along some incredible rock outcroppings. This portion of the trail is 1.3 miles long and will return you to the Loft Mountain
Summit and Byrds Nest Shelter No. 4 Central District Overview Map 7 Marys Rock North 8 Marys Rock South 9 Corbin Cabin Cutoff / NicholsonHollow / AT Loop 10 Stony Man Trail 11 Millers Head 12 Limberlost 13 Hawksbill Summit 14 Whiteoak Canyon 15 Dark Hollow Falls 16 Story of the Forest Trail 17 Lewis Spring Falls 18 Rapidan Camp 19 Bearfence Mountain 20 Pocosin Trail 21 South River Falls South District Overview Map 22 Powell