Thing to Do

Lands Run Falls

A small waterfall cascades down rocks amidst brown leaves.

A short hike down a fire road to a series of cascades that descend about 80 feet into a gorge. Note that it may be waterless in dry seasons.

Distance: 1.3-mile round trip hike
Difficulty: Easiest (explanation of our hiking difficulty scale)
Hiking Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Elevation Gain: 325 feet

Hike Description

  1.  From the Lands Run parking area (mile 9.2), follow the fire road downhill for about 0.6-mile and look for a small stream that flows under the road (it may be waterless in dry conditions).
  2. Follow the stream about 25 feet on the right to the top of a small waterfall. There is a series of cascades that descend about 80 feet into a gorge. It’s a beautiful area to explore, but use caution around the falls and steep, rocky areas.
  3. Turn around and retrace your steps back to the parking area.

The average hike duration does not take into consideration fitness, exploration, rest, contemplation, etc.


Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.

An entrance fee is required to get into Shenandoah National Park

The trailhead for this hike is located at the Lands Run parking area.

Year Round
Accessibility Information

This trail does not meet ADA accessibility guidelines.

Shenandoah National Park

Map of Compton Gap Area with roads and trails noted.
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Last updated: February 9, 2021