Rose River Falls Trailhead

Color photo of a waterfall in the midst of the fresh spring green trees from a forest.

Quick Facts
Fishers Gap Parking Area (mile 49.4)

A hike to a dazzling 67 foot waterfall. For most of this hike, you’ll be on a beautiful trail in one of the Park’s federally designated Wilderness areas. Pets must be on a physical leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.

Distance: 4-mile circuit hike
Difficulty: Moderate (explanation of our hiking difficulty scale)
Hiking Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Elevation Gain: 910 feet

Hike Description

  1. From the Fishers Gap Parking Area (mile 49.4), cross Skyline Drive and start down the fire road.
  2. Just after the chain, take a left onto the Skyland-Big Meadows Horse Trail (yellow-blazed).
  3. In about 0.6-mile take the blue-blazed Rose River Loop Trail.
  4. Follow it past the 67-foot falls.
  5. Continue to the bridge, where you begin hiking up a steep, rocky section past beautiful cascades.
  6. At the fire road (yellow-blazed), turn right across bridge.
  7. For an added treat (and about .25-mile more hiking), you can take the Dark Hollow Falls Trail to the base of the falls and back.
  8. Then continue uphill about one mile back to Skyline Drive.

Shenandoah National Park

Last updated: May 14, 2021