Swimmin' Hole and Waterfall Hike in SNP! A Strenuous 10 Mile Hike (Parts on the Appalachian Trail) in Shenandoah National Park to Enjoy the Always Impressive 93 Foot Overall Run Falls!
This loop hike holds a great reward! Start with a pleasant mountaintop stroll, and make your way down the slopes of Hogback Mountain, entering the Overall Run watershed. Pass a warm-up falls then arrive at Overall Run Falls. From a rocky precipice you can see the nearby cataract and a whole lot more beyond. This is a fairly difficult hike; part of the trail is moderately steep, and part is rough and rocky. Overall Run Falls is an impressive 93 feet drop, the highest in the Park. There is another waterfall on this hike as well, which is a 29 foot fall. Like nearly all of the waterfalls in the Park it's a cascade down the face of the rock, rather than a sheer plunge (see above photo). When there's plenty of water after a rainy spring, it's a beautiful and magical sight! Also, when it is hot outside, there is a fantastic simmin' hole.
Swimmin' Hole Alert
There are several great places to take a dip to cool off and enjoy on this hike if you desire, hence planning this adventure for this time of year. The water is always cold and refreshing. If you choose to cool off in one of the many available sparkling clear mountain water "pools", please bring a towel or something to change into if you desire. B-Day suits are at your own risk-grin.
This hike will be led at a moderate pace of about 2.5mph and is about the average hiking pace.
Nearby City: Bentonville
Length: 9.7 total miles
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Strenuous
Trail Surface: Dirt and naturally occurring rock
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trailhead Elev: 2,500 feet
Top Elev: 3,000 feet
Local Contacts: Shenandoah National Park
Local Maps: National Geographic Trails Illustrated Topographic Map 228; PATC Map 9, Appalachian Trail and Other Trails in Shenandoah National Park, North District: Hiking Shenandoah National Park
Topo Map: Tuscarora–Overall Run Trail Loop Topographic Map
Trail Notes for Leaders
We hike rain or shine! Click here for up to the minute weather information for the trailhead.
There are 2 carpools for this hike!
Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore metro area, meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station.
DC Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, meetup at the Centerville Park and Ride. Click here for information and directions to the Centerville location.
If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!
Directions to the Trailhead
Click Here for Directions to Where We Meet for This Hike
Hike is at 9:30 a.m.
Carpool time from Savage is 6:45 a.m.
Carpool time from Centerville is 7:30 a.m.
Park Entrance Fee
The entry fee for Skyline Drive for all vehicles is $15 for up to 6 per car. I highly recommend making arrangements to carpool with someone who has a pass, OR, meeting up with one of us who has a pass near the entrance and ride in with them. But if you do so, please don't be a tool and be sure to contribute. Please make arrangement yourselves for doing so either via email or in the comment section below.
Fido is Welcome on This Hike Only With Leader Permission
Please remember we are a social hiking group that values fellowship and camaraderie and practice good hike etiquette. We take breaks as necessary and have at least one guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back which means that no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then please find another group! We are very supportive, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.
Let's have good times and see you on the trail!