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Going down is optional, going up is mandatory!

Going down is optional, going up is mandatory! Beware you need to go down to see the falls which... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Highest Waterfall in Shenandoah

Overall Run Falls is the highest waterfall in Shenandoah at 93 feet. It's on a low flow creek so... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Overall Run Falls, Shenandoah National Park, VA
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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...More

1  Thank 557yanam
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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...More

Thank jmpncsu
Reviewed August 25, 2018

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...More

Thank otmgoodale
Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile

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,...More

3  Thank Deborah F
Reviewed November 13, 2017

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...More

3  Thank ddallas1969
Reviewed September 24, 2017

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...More

Thank AggieJoe79
Reviewed July 19, 2017

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...More

2  Thank Deborah F
Reviewed July 6, 2017

The campground actually had a restaurant that had reasonable food and drinks! The trail is marked well and was easy to get down to the falls, but the hike back up was a little tougher as the temperature rose. Still not a bad hike and...More

1  Thank Citadel1980
Reviewed June 5, 2017

Well marked trail that leads (eventually) to the park's highest waterfall. Estimates of the trail ranged from 4.7 mi to 6.2 mi. I'd say the 6.2 was the most accurate. Easy trail, mostly downhill on the way to the falls, so that means a mostly...More

Thank Scott2211
Reviewed April 29, 2017

This is a beautiful trail that can be a little rocky at times but was easily done by our family including two boys 11 & 12. We started early at the campground trailhead and within an hour had to stop because of a black bear...More

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October 5, 2018|
Response from jmpncsu | Reviewed this property |
No, it's 4 mile round trip hike from Mathews Arm campground