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Hike Overall Run

A scenic view with mountains in the distance.
View along Overall Run hike.

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Hike Overall Run

Difficulty rating: Moderately strenuous
Distance: 5.1 mi/8.2 km
Elevation gain: 1,291 ft/393 m
Trail features: Hike down to a scenic view of the largest waterfall in Shenanodah.

From the Mathews Arm Campground registration parking area at mile 22.2 of Skyline Drvie, take Traces Trail to the yellow-blazed Mathews Arm Road. Stay on the right at its intersection with Beecher Ridge Trail and continue on Mathews Arm Trail following it to the intersection with Tuscarora-Overall Run Trail. Go left and follow it about a tenth of a mile to a side trail. From here you can see the upper falls. Continue downhill on the main trail another 1300 feet for views of the biggest falls in Shenandoah at 93 feet. Retrace your steps back to your starting point.

Unless rain is plentiful, Overall Run Falls may have minimal to no water flow.

Alternate Routes

If the campground is closed, you can park at mile 21 and take the Appalachian Trail south to the Tuscarora-Overall Run Trail. This route adds another mile to your hike. If you are already in the campground, you can take the yellow-blazed Mathews Arm Road from the B-loop.

Map: Mathews Arm Area

Details
Overall Run is a moderately strenuous 5.1 mi/8.2 km hike. 

An average pace is:
1.5 mph 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.
 Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.
The park entrance fee is required.
Leave from the Mathews Arm Campground registration parking area off of mile 22.2 of Skyline Drive to hike to Overall Run Falls. If the campground is closed, leave from Skyline Drive mile 21 and take the Appalachian Trail south to connect to Tuscarora-Overall Run Falls Trail. 
Water flow is best in spring. Unless rain is plentiful, Overall Run Falls may have minimal to no water flow.
Accessibility Information
Service animals are allowed on these trails.

Last updated: July 9, 2018