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North District Hikes in Shenandoah

Shenandoah National Park

A rock formation that looks like columns stuck together in the woods on a sunny day.
Topic(s) Geology, Rock Landscapes and Features, Scenic Views, Trails, Archeology, Burial, Cemetery and Gravesite, Waterfalls
Activities Hiking
Type Active, Solitary/Remote, Inspirational, Outdoors
Parks Shenandoah National Park

From the tallest waterfall in the park, to the quiet historical Fox Hollow Trail, the North District of Shenandoah has something for everyone.


Directions

The North District of Shenandoah National Park spans from the Front Royal Entrance Station at the town of Front Royal off I-66 to the Thornton Gap Entrance Station at U.S. Rt. 211. Most hikes are accessible via Skyline Drive, though some are accessible from the park boundary. Locations are given by mile markers along Skyline Drive. Learn more about directions to Shenandoah and maps of the Park.

Facilities and Services

Most facilities are services are open from spring to fall and close during the winter. Make sure to check operating hours and seasons before your trip.

• Food and water: The Elkwallow Wayside has options for sandwiches and some hot food as well as a store. Picnic grounds in the North District include Dickey Ridge (mile 4.6) and Elkwallow (mile 24.1).
• Restrooms: Restroom facilities are available at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center and Elkwallow Wayside, as well as all picnic grounds. Some facilities close for the winter season.
• Camping and lodging: Mathews Arm Campground is the only campground in the North District. Learn more about lodging and camping.

Featured Hikes
  • Shenandoah National Park

    Hike Fox Hollow

    • Activity Fee: Yes
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Skyline Drive mile 4.6
    • Duration: 1 Hour
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day, Dawn, Dusk
    A historical rock wall surrounded by shrubbery in the middle of the woods.

    Fox Hollow is a 1.2 mile loop near Dickey Ridge Visitor Center rated easiest. This trail features a variety of forest life, as well as evidence of the Fox family who once called this plot of land their home before the establishment of Shenandoah National Park.

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  • Shenandoah National Park

    Hike Overall Run

    • Activity Fee: Yes
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: Yes
    • Location: Skyline Drive mile 22.2
    • Duration: 4–5 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day, Dawn, Dusk
    A view from across a ravine of a tall, thin waterfall.

    At 93 feet, Overall Run Falls is the tallest waterfall in Shenandoah National Park. Hike a 5.1 mile, moderately strenuous trail to a sweeping view of the falls and surrounding mountains. Unless rainfall is plentiful, Overall Run Falls may have minimal to no water flow.

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  • Shenandoah National Park

    Hike Compton Peak

    • Activity Fee: Yes
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: Yes
    • Location: Skyline Drive mile 10.4
    • Duration: 2–3 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day, Dawn, Dusk
    A rock formation with columnar joints rising into the woods.

    The 2.4 mile hike to Compton Peak includes two viewpoints, Compton Peak West and Compton Peak East as well as a unique columnar jointing geological feature.

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Last updated: December 11, 2017