Shenandoah National Park: Frozen Waterfall Hike -- Overall Run Falls 93 Foot Waterfall! An Easy-Side-of-Strenuous 6 Miles
Frozen Waterfall Alert!!
Let's hope the falls will be frozen over for a truly magical experience, but either way, this is a magnificent hike. Come on out and enjoy the crisp clear air and views that hiking this time of year provides. No ticks, snakes, or tourists, only clear views!!
This hike holds a great reward when you arrive. 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. Note that this is a relatively challenging 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.
This route is an excellent transition hike for those interested in progressing from moderately to a more strenuous challenging level of hikes without having to drive hours to see if you are ready for it! With a distance of ~6 miles, our hike plan is not too long. But our route does have rolling hills to help develop your "hiking legs."
Special Winter Gear Requirement for this Hike — Traction Gear
Traction gear allows you to hike easily on ice. As a safety precaution, Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group requires traction gear for certain hikes during the winter season. This requirement also helps us to enjoy hiking all four seasons! The most dependable/reliable traction gear, in our opinion, is either Kahtoola Microspikes (these are available at a great price directly through MAHG) or STABILicers Hike XP. Brands that use springs are highly discouraged due to accidents we have had with springs breaking and "clogging" with ice/snow. Traction gear also comes in handy for getting the mail or walking the dog, in addition to any other outdoor activity where there is ice involved. You can even run on the ice with them on!
Microspikes (ALL Kahtoola Gear) Now Available through MAHG!
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Nearby City: Front Royal
Length: 6 total miles
Skill Level: Moderate to Easy-Side-of-Strenuous
Trail Surface: Dirt and naturally occurring rock
Total climb: 1,850 feet
Trailhead Elev: 3300 feet
Top Elev: 3400 feet
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
Park Fee (SNP)
Entry Fee: $20.00 - Per vehicle, valid for unlimited entry from date of purchase and the following 6 consecutive days. Many of our members have annual park passes, so please coordinate together to share passes! Passes, which are valid for unlimited entries within a seven-day period, are issued. Payment may be made with cash, credit, or debit cards. If you plan on visiting more than once, it is well worth it to purchase a pass! If an annual pass holder uses their pass to gain you entry to the park, please remember to show your appreciation and gratitude.
Click Here for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.
We hike rain, snow, or shine. Click Here to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.
The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of hikes and pace options so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and ability.
Our RSVP and Group Etiquette
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Carpool Suggestions and Information
Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and places are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the 'Comments' section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings.
Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location.
DC Area Carpool Suggestion - Centreville
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, people can arrange to meet at the Centreville Park and Ride. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Centreville Park and Ride location.
If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click Here for a list of suggested carpool locations complete with directions and other details including other carpool information. 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
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Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m.
The Hike is at 10:00 a.m.
Carpool Time from Savage Station — 7:00 a.m.
Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 8:00 a.m.
Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette and Leave No Trace principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, and donations ARE tax deductible. Tax ID: [masked].
Fido is Not Allowed on this Hike Due to Park Regulations
Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there
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