South River Falls Trail, Shenandoah National Park

3.8
#6 of 7 in Trails in Shenandoah National Park
Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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  • Excellent hike, would def recommend. The waterfall is beautiful. But, be careful on the rocks there were numerous rattlesnake sightings.  more »
  • The overlook is fine but you really have to take the trail to the base of the falls. It is gorgeous. I just wish you could see the pool in the middle of the falls without doing some rock climbing...  more »
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  • Amazingly gorgeous. It is a kind of steep trail, so little kids might need to be helped. There are some rocks, so be careful if it rained recently because it gets really slippery. It's dog friendly, but make sure you leave no trace (clean up after them). Swimming in the falls is very fun. Even after the summer, it was still freezing. I highly recommend this trail.
  • Great trail in Shenandoah National Park. Warning, this trail has a 900+ elevation change and it is ALL down hill to start. But, it is absolutely worth it for the payoff. The trail is well marked and follows the South River. At 1.3 miles down, there is a great observation area to view the falls. But, the best view is another .8 miles down to the bottom of the falls. The last quarter mile is over rocks and is quite narrow. But, it actually takes you right up to the base of the falls. Spectacular. Make sure to bring water and good hiking shoes or boots!

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