Rose River Falls

Rose River Falls, Shenandoah National Park: Address, Rose River Falls Reviews: 4.5/5

Rose River Falls
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TravelingMerm
Monrovia, CA2,329 contributions
Incredible hike!!
May 2021 • Business
This has to be one of my fave hikes in the Shenandoah Valley! Lightly trafficked, tons of flowers and different birds, gorgeous scenery, plenty of shade, and an incredible waterfall at the end!!

I would call this trail moderate - definitely wouldn't recommend a beginner do it alone. The incline isn't too bad - AllTrails had me at 741 feet gained for my hike but that was in just over 4 miles - AllTrails says this is 2.4 miles but it's longer. It's a well maintained trail but it's rocky in a lot of places. And when you get closer to the river, it gets muddy in places and a lot more rocky. The trail is very obvious most of the time and is well marked with paint on the trees.

You'll be able to see the falls from the trail, but for close up views and excellent photos, I recommend climbing to the bottom if you're able. Be aware though- it requires some pretty decent rock scrambling - large boulders and lots of them! And the loose dirt is slippery.

Definitely recommend decent hiking shoes for this trail - and I didn't use my poles, but they would've been helpful getting up and down from the falls.

The trailhead is along the main road in Shenandoah National Park (Skyline Drive). If you're coming from the Front Royal entrance station, you'll park on the right and the trail is on the left - there's a pedestrian cross walk but be careful Bc the cars kind of have a slight blind spot coming up on it. There's plenty of parking and it's mostly gravel.

There are some partial trail closures in the area, and they had signs all around showing the details. It didn't affect getting to the falls so no worries. I think it keeps you from being able to do the whole loop though.

I didn't see any bathrooms so be prepared! There are some bathrooms at a pull out info station just before this trail though and other places in the park too.

If you go to the right of the parking area, you can get onto the Appalachian Trail!! And there are some pretty amazing views from the viewpoint of the gorgeous Shenandoah Valley!! Love this trail! Highly recommend!!
Written June 4, 2021
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL11,507 contributions
Nice but not Sure if Worth the Elevation After Dark Hallow's
May 2021
There is a lot of discussion about the loop and which direction to go. However, the most important thing to know is to even have the opportunity you need to start from the Fisher's Gap parking lot, not the parking lot at Dark Hallow's Falls.

We enjoyed the hike but Dark Hallow's had taken a lot out of us by the time we got to the creek. The hike through the forest was nice but if you were to do the entirety of both hikes, Rose River is nice but Dark Hallow's is better. Again the loop is the best but you have to use the right overlooking parking lot to make it work. I like waterfalls but if I am going to do that much elevation, I would like a great vista at the end. This left me wanting. However, much of this hike is simply forest. It is a long time until you reach the creek. Still there were plenty of wildflowers to enjoy along the way.
Written May 25, 2021
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Lisa D
Medford, NJ43 contributions
Beautiful rocky scenic hike!
Apr 2021
We are not experienced hikers, but our daughter (8) wanted to hike on our recent trip to Shenandoah. We mistakenly took the opposite path than is commonly recommended and I found it to be very challenging. I will say that it was 100% worth the exhaustion. Our daughter loved the hike. There was often active water and falls during most of the hike. Our Jack Russell also hiked with us. He has cancer but did amazingly well despite the very rocky final incline to the fire road. A beautiful hike on a crisp spring day.
Written April 26, 2021
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Tamar
New York City, NY3 contributions
Great hike!
Apr 2021 • Family
Wonderful hike with beautiful waterfalls. Note it is moderate level and takes about 3-4 hours to complete. Great with teenagers
Written April 9, 2021
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Jim B
110 contributions
Do the Hike Clockwise
Mar 2021 • Family
Did the loop starting from the overlook parking lot down to Rose River Falls to Dark River Falls and up the fire road. The parking lot is the high point of the hike so the second half of the hike will be uphill no matter which way you go. The fire road is a gravel road with a flat grade so it is easy to do when tired at the end of the hike. Since it was spring the waterfalls were flowing nicely. The trees hadn’t bloomed yet so it wasn’t as scenic as it will be in a couple weeks. Second half of trail has lots of of rock stairs and other scenic items.
Written April 2, 2021
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kbernh
New York City, NY57 contributions
Lovely!
Nov 2020
What a nice ramble, especially when there is no one else around. Beautiful moving water, decent inclines.
Written November 27, 2020
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scrappysquirrel
Mechanicsville, VA415 contributions
Beautiful hike
Oct 2020 • Family
My daughter decided she wanted to go for a hike on her birthday and picked out the Rose River Loop. The 5 teenagers we took had an excellent day! It was peak fall season when we went and there was a bit of a wait to get into the park. We parked in the Fisher Gap parking lot and walked across the street to the fire road. You can keep straight to go around the loop, but I would recommend turning left onto the horse trail just past the chain. After .6 miles, the Rose River Loop begins. If you do this, the last part of your hike will be relatively flat and straight. The hike is listed as moderate, but really didn’t seem that difficult. Be prepared to walk on some rocky terrain and in some areas that might be a little wet. This hike was beautiful, especially with the fall foliage. We enjoyed the small falls all along the hike.
Written October 24, 2020
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Kellie A
Pewamo, MI164 contributions
Wow!
Sep 2020 • Couples
We combined this with the Dark Hollow Falls Trail and had a great time! It really depends on how you look at this and it’s moderate difficulty rating. I thought it was pretty hard but then I’m a pretty new hiker.
Written September 16, 2020
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MarylandTraveler1234
Gaithersburg, MD21 contributions
Beautiful scenery
Aug 2020
We have hiked many of the trails in Shenandoah National Park and this is one of the best. Parking at Fishers Gap Overlook and an adjacent area was plentiful and the trail was well-marked. A map of this area of the park that is on the website was helpful. We hiked this trail following a day of heavy rain and the cascades and waterfall were fast-moving and full. The trail was sometimes wet but is well-engineered. The trail to Rose River Falls was easier than the following section which was rocky and steep. This section might be too much for some children. Returning to our car at Fishers Gap via the recommended fire road was a welcomed change after the rocky trail. We are in our early 70s and found this trail to be a bit challenging but the scenery made it so worthwhile.
Written September 2, 2020
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Ellen B
Bear, DE302 contributions
Nice trail but missed the falls
Aug 2020 • Family
We took the advice of a ranger and hiked Story of the Forest trail to the Dark Hollow Falls trail and then continued down hill to Rose River Fire Road. From there we picked up the Rose River Falls trail. We were under the impression that the falls were closer from this way. The trail from that entrance is all down hill, very rocky in parts, sometimes steep and hiking in running water in some parts (a hurricane had been in the area 5 days earlier). The trail is right next to the water with several small falls along the way. When we stopped a family coming the other way they told us these were the falls, so we turned around at a bridge to start the massive uphill hike back to the start of Dark Hollow. I wished we’d kept going! However, to see the Rose River Falls it is much easier to start at Skyline Drive and enter the Rose River Trail from there.
Written August 17, 2020
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