South River Falls Trail

Stanardsville, VA
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South River Falls Trail is a 5.2 mile loop trail located near Stanardsville, Virginia that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.

Directions from Front Royal, VA: Skyline Drive travels the entire length of Shenandoah National Park. Mile markers are placed along the right-hand side of the road heading south. They are numbered from north to south beginning at the northern terminus in Front Royal, Virginia. Facilities, trails and park features use the mile markers as points of reference. Park in the South River Picnic Area where the trail begins near the third parking area. The milepost is 62.8.

Virginia Tourism Corporation, 901 Easy Byrd Street , Richmond, VA, 23219, Phone: 804-786-2051, Fax: 804-786-1919

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4 Completed 2 Reviews

Used to hike when younger... started hiking again with the start of the new year. Have done 4 hikes thus far and this was the best. Wide trails, clean... there were a few spots across streams that were rocky and had to look beyond to see best place to cross (adds to the adventure!). There was snow on the ground from the previous snow and made for picturesque scenery, some sloshy spots, but all-around awesome hike. Make sure you have camera ready! The falls are an awesome stop for picnic, photo ops, and to really take in nature! If you are in the area, I recommend this hike.

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10 Completed 2 Reviews

This hike is perfect for anyone who likes a little bit of a challenge and multiple terrain types. Do yourself a favor and take a right at the fire road and head down into the gorge to see the falls up close. Swimming or at least soaking is possible in several pools. We will be returning to complete the 10 mile circuit.

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6 Completed 1 Reviews

Great hike to take if you have the endurance!!! Nice steep walk down to the first overlook with a lot to see on the way there. If you decide to hike to the bottom it's also a steep hike but beautiful view at the bottom. But since it is so steep on the way down be prepared for the walk back!!! Seems like never ending but is a great workout!!! If you can't hang definitely take the fire road but that's for quitters!!

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1 Completed 2 Reviews

Forgot to add that pets are allowed. This is not in stanardsville. You actually have to go in through Skyline Drive and pay $15 for a seven day pass. However, there are so many trails I opted for the annual pass for $30 instead.

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Monica C

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1 Completed 2 Reviews

If you go to the bottom and take the fire road all the way back up, it will leave you at what appears to be a dead end (two posts with chain link). Don't panic though. if you hop the chain link, you are left at the main road adjacent to the south river falls parking lot. The fire road feels like forever, just stick with it.

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7 Completed 5 Reviews

Seems I'm in the minority, but I didn't love this hike.

The first half was enjoyable due to the scenery. Nice mossy rock outcroppings, little frogs, lots of water. This part is completely downhill. Steep but easily navigable.

The base of the falls was underwhelming. Maybe because falls are my favorite trail feature and this had such good reviews. Just a bit disappointed.

The way back we went up the fire road. This part was a continuous incline. Not too steep but enough to get you sweating. The scenery on this leg of the trip was not very interesting.

All in all a nice hike, but I won't be clamoring to do it again.

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569 Completed 569 Reviews

This is a beautiful short hike. You may not agree with "short" coming back up but considering the long break you will take at the falls, you will not have a long non-stop hike. It may not equal White Oak Canyon, but half the distance and half the crowd gives it a lot of scenery for the footstep.

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6 Completed 6 Reviews

The trail down is sometimes a bit steep, with high steps. Eventually you are beside the "river", and you see it grow as you walk. There are wildflowers all over the area in early spring. When you get to the view, it is worth the walk. It is a very high cliff, and you are looking down on the falls. You can take a short, very steep trail to the bottom, or go back up by the fire road. The road, of course, has no steps. It is a pretty steady climb. Near the top take the AT back south to the parking area.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Nice trail, well maintained and well marked. Good signage at trail junctions made it easy to stay on track. Multiple areas for kids to rest/play, but it is a long trek from the falls back up to the trailhead.

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29 Completed 33 Reviews

nice hike under the green canopy with the reward of a waterfall at the bottom. we usually bring lunch and play in the pool at the bottom. It has plenty of shallows. if you feel the itch, climb or around the the middle of the falls, you will find a smaller hole the you can slide into!!

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