• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:


  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:


  • RT Distance:

    5.2 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    100 Feet

Easy Parking
Swimming Hole

Hike in solitude to Hazel Falls and Cave

The trail to Hazel Falls may not be the most "wow" trail in Shenandoah but it is well worth it to reach the beautiful gorge where Hazel River falls over big boulders.  You should park at the Meadow Spring parking lot at mile 33 on Skyline Drive. You will see the trail post to the right of the parking lot. Stay straight on the trail (Hazel River Trail).

At the first trail post stay to the left on the Hazel River Trail. The vegetation and trees will be very thick through this area. You will pass over many small water areas - especially if it has just rained.  At the next sign post you will again stay to the left and turn onto White Rocks Trail. You should be able to hear the rushing water off to your right.  Eventually you will come to a third trail post and it will show Cave Falls to your right. This is where the trail will plunge down the side of the mountain. Use extreme caution going down the rocks. Some may be loose and it is very easy to slide. Once you reach the bottom you'll be rewarded with a beautiful gorge full of small cascades. Look for the blue blaze on the tree and follow the trail up to the main portion of Hazel Falls. To your right will be a cave. If the weather permits take a dip in the water.

These falls are not as popular as other falls so there is a good chance you'll have them all to yourself.  There are numerous spots for relaxing and eating lunch. When you're done you can climb back up to the White Rocks trail and return to the parking lot. If you'd like to add onto your mileage you can continue on White Rocks Trail and meet back up with Hazel River trail and complete the loop back to the parking lot (this will add about 5+ more miles onto your hike).

This hike seemed to have an extra amount of flies and mosquitos. Extra bug spray and hats recommended. 

Pack List

  • Lots of bug spray
  • Trekking poles
  • Camera
  • Hiking shoes/boots
  • Hat
  • Snacks/Lunch
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Jenn Gonzalez

I live the crazy life of a full time working, suburban mom of two. It can get stressful. The times I can get out into nature settle me. That moment, when you're standing among the mountains with only the sounds of nature, are the very best stress reliever.

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