A fun and challenging hike/rock scramble up a series of waterfalls. One of the closest/easiest access Shenendoah Hikes from Washington DC and parking is free!

This hike starts with an immediate stream crossing -- how wet your feet get depends on the water level but bring an extra pair of socks! The first mile consists of a typical Shenandoah hike -- uphill on a dirt path and along a stream. But soon you reach the base of Little Devil Stairs. This portion includes scrambling rocks, several stream crossings, and tons of fun as you literally climb up a waterfall. Once you reach the top of the stairs, hike up a couple switchbacks where you will reach a junction and a small campsite where you can take a lunch or snack break. From there, turn left and continue an easy 2.5 mile downhill hike back to to the parking area. It's not incredibly scenic on this last portion but you will pass a lookout point and a cemetery.

Pack List

  • Waterproof Boots
  • Extra Socks
  • Water
  • Snacks
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RT Distance 5.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 1480 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Waterfall
Wildlife

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Neat Gorge

I did this hike starting up along Skyline Drive and hiked down through the gorge and back up the fire road. It adds about 2 miles to the overall length. It doesn’t have the typical views of Shenandoah with the rolling hills and valleys, but it is neat to be in the canyon gorge looking up at the at times vertical cliffs.

Fun!

My son and I did this a couple of years ago and he loved it. It is challenging and requires good shoes but what an accomplishment. It is his favorite all-time hike and begs to go back.


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