Piney River Falls

Bentonville, Virginia

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Piney River Falls is one of the least-visited cataracts at Shenandoah, and we’re flummoxed about why. The trailside scenery meets high Shenandoah standards, and the falls are a worthy destination. Start your hike at the back of the field between Skyline Drive and the parking area across from the old Civilian Conservation Corps camp building. Look for the concrete post marked piney branch trail. Hike through black locust trees taking over an old pasture. Almost one-third of the land within Shenandoah National Park was once field, pasture, or meadow—treeless. At 0.1 mile intersect the Appalachian Trail and continue straight on a track much fainter than the AT. Just ahead, cross a grassy lane, also growing up with trees. Note the apple trees.
Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains

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Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains

by Nicole Blouin, Steve Bordonaro, & Marilou Wier Bordonaro (Menasha Ridge Press)

Piney River Falls is one of the least-visited cataracts at Shenandoah, and we’re flummoxed about why. The trailside scenery meets high Shenandoah standards, and the falls are a worthy destination. Start your hike at the back of the field between Skyline Drive and the parking area across from the old Civilian Conservation Corps camp building.

Look for the concrete post marked piney branch trail. Hike through black locust trees taking over an old pasture. Almost one-third of the land within Shenandoah National Park was once field, pasture, or meadow—treeless. At 0.1 mile intersect the Appalachian Trail and continue straight on a track much fainter than the AT. Just ahead, cross a grassy lane, also growing up with trees. Note the apple trees.

© 2014 Nicole Blouin, Steve Bordonaro, & Marilou Wier Bordonaro/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bentonville
Distance: 6.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: George Washington National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Piney River Falls

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