Our Top 5 Day Hikes: Shenandoah National Park

The Shenandoah National Park is a beautiful area of mountains and valleys, known for impressive overlooks and waterfalls. This national park is hiker heaven with over 500 miles of hiking trails to explore.

1. Old Rag

Even with its popularity, Old Rag is Shenandoah’s most dangerous hike. The 9.2 mile hike follows a clockwise loop that delivers spectacular viewpoints and a rock scramble. The best time to enjoy Old Rag is during the week as it attracts big crowds.

2. Dark Hollow Falls

Image via NPS

Dark Hollow Falls, the closest trail to Skyline Drive, is moderate 1.4 hike with some steep sections. Hogcamp Branch of the Rose River cascades down 70 feet over greenstone creating a scenic waterfall.

3. Cedar Run/Whiteoak Circuit

Considered a very strenuous hike, the Cedar Run/Whiteoak Circuit has multiple waterfalls, cascades and pools. The hike in total distance is 7.5 or 8.2 miles as it combines two out-and-back hikes–White Oak Canyon & Cedar Run.

4. Hawksbill Gap

Image via Pinterest User Denise McLauring

This 1.7 mile trail takes you to the highest peak of Shenandoah National Park. The rocky lookout offers scenic views for you to enjoy the moment.

5. Bearfence Rock Scramble

Image via Seth Rose

Bearfence Rock Scramble is a short 1.2 mile hike with a rock scramble that leads to a spectacular 360 degree view of the park. The rock scramble requires you climbing with hands and feet.

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