Overall Run Falls

Overall Run Falls, Shenandoah National Park: Address, Overall Run Falls Reviews: 4.5/5

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dawn m
Delaware City, DE42 contributions
Nothing exciting here
Aug 2019 • Couples
We did the Tuscarora -overall run trail to overrun falls , hiked back down Beecher ridge trail to the heiskell hollow trail back to the camp ground. Because it was dry weather the falls weren’t running. The trail was overgrown, narrow , stinging nettles , and bees which we both got stung. We’ve been on a ton of trails as we come here each year but we couldn’t wait until it was over. After walking to the falls and nothing being there we should of doubled back and not continued on . It took us 5.5 hours. I wouldn’t suggest this one right now with no water flowing .
We did enjoy the cedar run/white oak canyon trail -took a little longer but was beautiful.
Written August 25, 2019
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travelbug31970
Washington DC, DC31 contributions
Overall Run/Heiskell Hollow
Jul 2019 • Family
We followed the Overall Run/Heiskell route described by Hikingupward.com. It’s a 12.7 mile route, starting outside of SNP and hiking through backcountry. We wanted to get some miles in before heading out west for more rigorous hiking. We hiked Overall in late July, and it was about 86 degrees. The backcountry portion was a bit overgrown and buggy. We’d probably just hike the 8.5 mile RT in the future. We enjoyed the trails within the park boundaries. We did the hike in 6 hours, including about 45 minutes for swimming and lunch. To get to the swimming hole, you have to take a side trail to the left, after Thompson Hollow intersection. Lots of people who were just doing the falls didn’t find the swimming hole. There would be better views in later fall, when the leaves are off the trees.
Written July 28, 2019
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Paula M
Caledon, Canada76 contributions
Pace yourself going back
Jun 2019 • Couples
This was such a beautiful hike! It was a cooler day but perfect for the hike. It was downhill all the way to the waterfall. It was beautiful and as you are hiking down you can hear the beautiful sound of the falls. Then you need to head back out and there are some spots that are very steep. As long as you pace yourself and take a few breaks it is well worth the hike!
Written June 15, 2019
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Yana
70 contributions
Going down is optional, going up is mandatory!
Aug 2018 • Family
Going down is optional, going up is mandatory! Beware you need to go down to see the falls which means the harder part is going back. The falls were not as impressive as we expected but that's because we went in late August so the water levels were low as opposed to early spring. Beautiful hike. We saw a lot of bold color mushrooms and it was shady so that helped hiking in the summer heat.
Written September 24, 2018
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jmpncsu
Raleigh, NC4,289 contributions
Highest Waterfall in Shenandoah
Aug 2018 • Couples
Overall Run Falls is the highest waterfall in Shenandoah at 93 feet. It's on a low flow creek so it can dry up in low water conditions. We visited a few years ago and it was barely a trickle. Since the water level was way up on our most recent visit and we were camping at Mathews Arm, we made a return trip. The hike is about 4 miles round trip and moderate from the campground. The waterfall was really flowing this time, so worth the repeat hike. There's also an upper falls about 0.2 miles before the big one. The overlook for Overall Run Falls is really beautiful and worth the hike even if the water is low.
Written September 17, 2018
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otmgoodale
Colorado Springs, CO58 contributions
Beautiful hike and waterfalls
Aug 2018 • Solo
I hiked this from the bottom, from a trailhead outside the park instead of starting at Mathews Arm Campground, and linked it with some other trails to make a total of about 11 miles. The falls and the views are very nice, and if you hike further past the falls there are more great views, fun stream crossings, and pretty scenery. In addition, once you get away from the heavily trafficked area of the trail between the falls and the campground, this is one of the best areas in the park for seeing wildlife. One word of caution - on one of the lesser-used trails only about a mile from the falls, I ran into a huge rattlesnake right in the middle of the trail. I wouldn't expect to see any on the busy parts of the trail most people use, but I would still pay attention to where you are walking.
Written August 25, 2018
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Deborah F
Columbia, MD865 contributions
Good on hot days
Jul 2018 • Solo
This is an enjoyable and there are options that make it a relatively fast hike. If you start from the top, the campground checkin parking lot for Matthews Arm campground, you can reach the first small waterfall in about an hour of easy downhill hiking, about two and a half miles. This first waterfall drops to a trickle when it's been dry, continue another half mile further for the larger one. I've done this from below also and that way seems both less traveled but swampier at the start.
Written July 7, 2018
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ddallas1969
Linthicum Heights, MD642 contributions
Good workout Bad view
Nov 2017 • Couples
Okay, maybe it's just me, but I felt the 'pay off' on this hike wasn't worth it. The hike itself is a good workout. Almost completely downhill on the way to the falls, then all uphill on the way back. My legs were loving the burn. However, the view of the falls was just.....eh. I don't know, but I expected more. Having seen the falls, I wouldn't do this hike again honestly. The best part was seeing a huge buck on the down hill.
Written November 13, 2017
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AggieJoe79
Haymarket, VA969 contributions
Great hike, although not much 'falls' in September
Sep 2017 • Solo
Had not been to Shenandoah in probably 30 years, now living in Manassas so will visit more frequently, especially in the fall. Saw the Falls trail highlighted in the park info, so decided to make a little Sunday hike. Trails were peaceful and uncrowded on a Sunday morning. Fair amount of vertical on some sections, wear sturdier sneakers or hiking footwear, lots of people were using poles on uphill/downhill. Wayfinding signage could be better, missed one of the turns and ran into others that did the same (but that was OK, need my steps for the day!). Nice overlooks at the falls area, will be back.
Written September 24, 2017
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Deborah F
Columbia, MD865 contributions
A great half day hike with options for different fitness levels!
Jul 2017 • Friends
This was an enjoyable hike, with many options to start, moderate in grade and not requiring any significant technical skill *this time of year*. You would need to be able to handle stream crossings if it is wetter; you'll miss the best vista if you are concerned about stepping out on overlooks without guardrails.

I went in July, and there had not been much in the way of rains, so the highlight of the hike wasn't actually the waterfall. It was pretty but tiny - go to White Oaks for a closer look at more impressive falls if that is your objective, this time of year. The streams were all dry, but there will be several crossings in wetter times of the year.

What was nicest about the hike in July is that there were *so* many trees, and the canopy made it quite comfortably cool ... and at this elevation, there was little humidity. It was a great escape from the flatland heat!

The overlook was beautiful, and definitely the vista highlight. It was uncrowded when we got there, but wow, three or four groups from the campsites were right on our heels, and so the peaceful scene turned into about twenty people gathered on the rock. Start earlier than my group did and you can avoid this :)

As to difficulty level, I was hiking sweep for a group of eight. Those in their twenties and thirties with moderate hiking experience found it no challenge. I was enjoying the leisurely but steady sweep pace - I am fairly fit, in my midfifties. Those in our group with little uphill or little pack experience found the grade to be challengingly tough but manageable with rests. There were many family groups, often carrying a small child up the steeper sections. If you want less grade you can start from the top and and do this as an out and back, avoiding the hike down to the base. There is also a local swimming hole with easy access from the parking lot I chose, with many many many swimmers in suits and with towels who just walked in.

I began from Thompson Hollow Rd (Not Skyline Dr/Campsite). My 9am start meant that most of the better parking spots were taken in the tiny "flat" area nearest to the trailhead, but I could still squeeze in as the last car to make it. There was plenty of roadside parking, though, on the shoulder, and the REI van that came soon afterwards had no difficulty fitting in.
Written July 19, 2017
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