Suggested Hikes

A close of a trail marker with directional information.
Trail marker post with directional information.

NPS

There are over 500 miles of hiking trails in Shenandoah ranging from easy to very strenuous. Scroll down to see a list of suggested hikes with links to maps. When you are out on the trails, look for the concrete trail markers with directional information at trailheads and intersections.

An average pace is:
1.5 miles per hour for easiest trails.
1.4 mph for moderate trails.
1.3 mph for moderately strenuous trails.
1.2 mph for strenuous and very strenuous trails.

This is hiking time and does NOT take into consideration individual fitness, exploration, rest, contemplation, etc. Make sure to read safety information on the hiking page.

Hiking Old Rag

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. Old Rag is usually accessed from the Park's boundary off Route 600. There is a Shenandoah National Park-managed parking lot there for about 265 vehicles. Parking there is free. You are required to purchase an entrance permit. Landowners with property adjacent to the Park are charging a fee for parking on their property. Paying a private citizen to park does not affect the entrance fee. Be sure to check the Shenandoah lot for availability before paying to park.

 

North District - Front Royal to U.S. Rt. 211

Trail (map information) Skyline Drive Mile Features Difficulty Distance (miles)
Fox Hollow Loop 4.6 Forest trail with cemetery, self-guided hike booklet available, no pets allowed easy, Track Trail for Kids 1.2
Snead Farm Loop 5.1 Trail to old barn and a viewpoint moderate 3
Lands Run 9.2 Fire road which crosses a stream moderate 1.2
Compton Peak, West and East 10.4 Viewpoint and geology, columnar jointing moderate, steep section to geologic feature 2.4
Fort Windham Rocks 10.4 Appalachian Trail to geologic feature easy 0.8
Little Devils Stairs 19.4 Stream and gorge strenuous 7.7
Little Devils Stairs From the boundary Rock scramble, gorge, stream strenuous 5.5
Sugarloaf Circuit 19.4 Viewpoint, mountain laurel moderate 4.6
Overall Run Falls (alternate) 21 Observation point for waterfall (flows best in spring) moderately difficult 6
Overall Run Falls 22.2, Mathews Arm Campground Observation point for waterfall (flows best in spring) moderately difficult 4.7
 

Central District - U.S. Rt. 211 to U.S. Rt. 33

Trail (map information) Skyline Drive Mile Features Difficulty Distance (miles)
Pass Mountain - A.T. Loop 31.6 Forest trail to a hut, potentially good for wildflowers and birding moderate 3.4
Marys Rock from Panorama 31.6 Viewpoint/ Summit, mountain laurel moderately difficult 3.7
Marys Rock from Meadow Spring 33.5 Viewpoint/ Summit moderately difficult 2.8
Stony Man Trail 41.7
Skyland north
Viewpoint/Summit, self-guided hike booklet available, no pets allowed fairly easy, steep sections 1.6
Passamaquoddy Trail 41.7
Skyland north
Viewpoint, cliffs moderate 3.5
Miller's Head 42.5
Skyland south
Viewpoint fairly easy, steep sections 1.6
White Oak Canyon 42.6 Waterfalls, stream, gorge, geology: columnar jointing moderate to strenuous various
White Oak Canyon (boundary) From the boundary off Rt. 600. *Entrance fee is required. Landowners near the Park are charging a fee for parking on their property. Paying a private citizen to park does not affect the entrance fee. strenuous various
Limberlost 43 Forest trail, mountain laurel, geology: columnar jointing, no pets allowed easy, ADA accessible, Track Trail for Kids 1.3
Cedar Run/Whiteoak Circuit 45.6 Multiple waterfalls and cascades very strenuous 7.5 or 8.2
Hawksbill Gap 45.6 Viewpoint/Summit (highest peak in the park) strenuous 1.7
Hawksbill/Salamander/ A.T. Circuit 45.6 Viewpoint/Summit (highest peak in the park), geology: talus slope moderate to strenuous 2.9
Upper Hawksbill 46.7 Viewpoint/Summit moderate 2.1
Old Rag See Old Rag page Viewpoint, rock scramble, no pets allowed very strenuous 9.2
Rose River Loop 49.4, Fishers Gap Overlook Waterfall, stream, cascades moderate 4
Dark Hollow Falls 50.7 Waterfall, no pets allowed moderate, steep sections 1.4
Story of the Forest Trail 51 Forest trail, no pets allowed easy 1.8
Lewis Falls Trail-Circuit 51.2, Big Meadows amphitheater Observation platform of a waterfall moderate, steep sections 3.3
Lewis Falls Trail- Short 51.4 Observation platform of a waterfall moderate, steep sections 2
Blackrock Viewpoint 51.2, Big Meadows Lodge Viewpoint easy 0.4
Rapidan Camp via Mill Prong Trail 52.8 Trail to historic Rapidan Camp, three stream crossings, cascades moderate 4
Rapidan Camp via Mill and Laurel Prong, A.T. Trails - Circuit 52.8 Longer trail to historic Rapidan Camp, multiple stream crossings and cascades moderate 7.4
Bearfence Rock Scramble 56.4 Short, challenging hike with rock scramble to a view, no pets allowed strenuous 1.2
Bearfence Viewpoint 56.4 Trail along the A.T. to a viewpoint easy 1.1
South River Falls 62.8 Waterfall, various approaches to South River Falls moderate to strenuous various
 

South District - U.S. Rt. 33 to U.S. Rt. 205 & I-64

Trail (map information) Skyline Drive Mile Features Difficulty Level Distance (miles)
Frazier 79.5 Viewpoint, no pets allowed. moderate 1.3
Doyles River 81.1 Waterfalls moderately difficult various
Big Run Loop 81.2 Viewpoint, wildflowers moderately strenuous 5.8
Browns Gap 83 Multiple waterfalls moderately difficult 6.5
Jones River Falls 84.1 Waterfall moderate 3.4
Blackrock Summit 84.8 Geology, talus slope, viewpoint easy, Track Trail for Kids 0.8 or 1
Chimney Rock 90 Geology, viewpoint moderate 3.4
Riprap Loop 90 Geology, viewpoint, stream, cascade, swimming hole strenuous 9.8
Turk Mountain 94.1 Viewpoint moderate 2.2

Last updated: August 23, 2018

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Mailing Address:

Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835

Phone:

(540) 999-3500

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