Hiking Alerts and Closures
Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Some trails lead to a waterfall or viewpoint; others penetrate deep into the forest and wilderness.
To help you plan your hiking adventures we have listed on this page popular suggested hikes that include trail descriptions, special features and information about the hikes, as well as maps. We also have printable maps of popular hiking areas in the park available. With such an abundance of trail options you will certainly be able to find something to fit your interest and ability. Maps have suggested ability descriptors determined using the formulas listed below.
Elevation Gain x 2 x distance (in miles). The product's square root is the numerical rating.
2,200 x 2=4,400
4,400 x 10 = 44,000
Square root of 44,000=209.8
The hike's numerical rating is then tied to one of five descriptors: Easiest, Moderate, Moderately Strenuous, Strenuous, Very Strenuous.
The example hike (above) would be rated Very Strenuous.
There are a few exceptions to the formula's validity, such as Dark Hollow Falls. Although its numeric rating of 36.3 puts it in the "Easiest" range, its steepness over such a short distance warrants a "Moderate."
This is hiking time and does not take into consideration fitness, exploration, rest, contemplation, etc.
Old Rag Mountain is one of the most popular hikes in the park. It is also the most challenging. Before embarking on this hike visit our Old Rag pages for important information about planning your hike.
Printable maps the closures: