Hazel Mountain Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Rappahannock County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. It is 4.0 miles long and begins at 2,846 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,547 feet. The Meadow Spring Parking Area parking is near the trailhead.
Hazel Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Nicole Blouin, Steve Bordonaro, & Marilou Wier Bordonaro, Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Hazel Mountain and Sams Ridge once offered a sizable mountain community all the tools and products for a decent living. Today it draws people for its natural beauty. At Hazel River Falls, the stream drops 30 feet into a pool ringed by tall cliffs in the shape of a natural amphitheater.
From here a trail climbs to the heights of White Rocks before dropping back to the river and more scenic cascades. Throughout the area a sharp-eyed hiker will spy evidence of mountain settlers. Trails follow old roads used to transport farm products, and old fields, apple orchards, and home foundations are visible."
--Bill and Mary Burnham, Hiking Virginia - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides).
"A four- to five-hour hike provides views of a small but spectacular falls, with the added feature of a lovely cave."
--Bert & Jane Gildart, Hiking Shenandoah National Park (Falcon Guides).
"What's better than a waterfall hike? A waterfall-and-cave hike. Hazel Falls pours over and around a neat cave that's quite wide and deep."
--Andy Thompson, Hiking Waterfalls in Virginia (Falcon Guides).
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