Hazel Falls

Rileyville, Virginia

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This waterfall walk takes you into Hazel Country, a heavily settled area before Shenandoah National Park was formed. The route traverses hills and hollows to reach the banks of the Hazel River, where a rock indentation forms a natural shelter, a cave of sorts, beside an alluring waterfall, all located within a deep stone amphitheater. The difficulty of this hike is hard to rate: The first 2.4-mile portion is an easy stroll on old settler roads, but the last 0.3-mile trek to the falls and cave is on a steep footpath. Though rugged, this section has been upgraded by the National Park Service; it was once an eroded user-created mess of a path.
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)

This waterfall walk takes you into Hazel Country, a heavily settled area before Shenandoah National Park was formed. The route traverses hills and hollows to reach the banks of the Hazel River, where a rock indentation forms a natural shelter, a cave of sorts, beside an alluring waterfall, all located within a deep stone amphitheater.

The difficulty of this hike is hard to rate: The first 2.4-mile portion is an easy stroll on old settler roads, but the last 0.3-mile trek to the falls and cave is on a steep footpath. Though rugged, this section has been upgraded by the National Park Service; it was once an eroded user-created mess of a path.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Rileyville
Distance: 5.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: George Washington National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Hazel Falls

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