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. Check out our tips for preparing for a hike.

Note: 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.

 

Suggested Hikes By District

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

Trail Mile Marker on Skyline Drive Description/Features Difficulty Distance in 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 (map coming soon) 9.2 Fire road which crosses a stream moderate 1.2
Compton Peak, West and East 10.4 Viewpoint and geology: columnar jointing moderate, with 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 when campground is closed) 21.1 Observation point for waterfall (note: waterflow best in spring) moderately difficult 6
Overall Run Falls (from Mathews Arm Campground) 22.2 Observation point for waterfall (note: waterflow best in spring) moderately difficult 4.7

 

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

Trail Mile Marker on Skyline Drive Description/Features Difficulty Distance in Miles
Pass Mountain - A.T. Loop 31.6 Forest trail to a hut, potentially good for wildflowers and birding. moderate 3.4
Mary's Rock from Panorama 31.6 Viewpoint/ Summit, mountain laurel moderately difficult 3.7
Mary's Rock from Meadow Spring Parking 33.5 Viewpoint/ Summit moderately difficult 2.8
Corbin Cabin Loop 37.9 Cabin, Stream moderately strenuous 4
Little Stony Man Cliffs- Long 37.9 Viewpoint moderately strenuous 4.2
Little Stony Man Cliffs- Short 39.1 Viewpoint fairly easy, but with some steep sections 0.9
Stony Man Trail

41.7
Skyland north entrance

Viewpoint/Summit. Self-guided hike booklet available. No pets allowed. fairly easy, but with some steep sections 1.6
Passamaquoddy Trail Loop 41.7
Skyland north entrance
Viewpoint, cliffs moderate 3.5
Miller's Head 42.5
Skyland south entrance/amphitheater
Viewpoint fairly easy, but with some 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** **This hike can also be accessed from the Park
boundary off Rt. 600. There is a Park-managed
parking lot there for about 90 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 does not affect the entrance fee.
Be sure to check the Shenandoah lot for
availability before paying to park.
strenuous various
Limberlost 43 Forest trail, mountain laurel, geology: columnar jointing. No pets allowed. easy, partially 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 Gap/Salamander Trail/ 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 From the Boundary 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, but with some steep sections 1.4
Story of the Forest Trail 51 Forest trail. No pets allowed. easy 1.8
Lewis Falls Trail- Circuit 51.2
by Big Meadows amphitheater
Trail to observation platform of a waterfall moderate, but with some steep sections 3.3
Lewis Falls Trail- Shorter 51.4 Trail to observation platform of a waterfall moderate, but with some steep sections 2
A.T. to Blackrock Viewpoint 51.2
by Big Meadows amphitheater
Short trail to viewpoint moderate 1
Rapidan Camp via Mill Prong Trail 52.8 Trail to historic Rapidan Camp, three stream crossings, cascade. 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, but challenging hike with rock scramble to a 360 degree view. No pets allowed. strenuous 1.2
Bearfence Viewpoint 56.4 Trail along the A.T. to a viewpoint. easy 1.1
Pocosin Mission 59.5 Forest trail to the ruins of an Episcopal mission. moderate 1.9
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. 250 & I-64

Trail Mile Marker on Skyline Drive Description/Features Difficulty Level Distance in 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 Run 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

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835

Phone:

(540) 999-3500

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