Hazel Falls and Cave

Luray, Virginia

Hazel Falls and Cave

Hazel Falls and Cave Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike takes you into “Hazel Country,” a heavily settled area in pre-park days. The route traverses hill and hollow for the Hazel River, where a rock indentation forms a natural shelter beside a waterfall, all within a deep stone cathedral. All in all, it’s a good destination.

The difficulty of this hike is hard to rate: the first 2.4-mile portion is a moderate stroll on old settler roads, but the last 0.3-mile trek to the cave and falls is on a steep, rough footpath. Though rugged, this section is short; all but small children should make it."

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The hike down and back up the Cave Falls Trail is brutal with a heavy pack on. If you have a lot of gear or if you are doing the Hazel Country overnight loop, be sure to stash your pack at the top of the Cave Falls Trail before you head down. The Falls are pretty but small and the "cave" is just a boulder that fell and has a hollow area under it. If you are going to hike Hazel Mountain than this is a nice side hike to take but I wouldn't hike it for the sole purpose of seeing the falls. It's just worth the effort when you consider the dozens of other falls in SNP.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Bert & Jane Gildart
"A four- to five-hour hike that provides views of a small but spectacular falls with the added feature of a lovely cave." Read more

Trail Information

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950 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2.5-3.5 hours
Views, Waterfalls, Wild Flowers
Shenandoah National Park (540) 999-3500.
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