Hike to Overall Run Falls

Rate this Adventure Virginia Overall Run Falls Trailhead

Added by Elyse Clark

This is the tallest waterfall (93 ft) in Shenandoah National Park, but also has great views west towards Massanutten mountain.

Start at the Hogback parking lot at MP 21.1 on the Skyline Drive. Take the Appalachian Trail south for 0.8 miles, and turn right onto the Tuscarora-Overall Run Trail. After 0.5 miles you will come to another intersection-keep right to stay on the Tuscarora-Overall Run Trail. A final intersection with the Mathews Arm Trail is after another 1.3 miles. Keep right at this intersection.

The waterfall will be 0.5 miles after the last intersection. There are multiple viewpoints of the falls and plenty of room to spread out. There are also great views to the west so you get a waterfall and a view at the same time.

Keep in mind the waterfall is on a small stream and will have less water in the summer/fall, and might also be partially blocked by trees, so try to hike it in winter or early spring. Even if water levels are low, the view to the west is still well worth the hike.

Once finished viewing the falls, retrace your steps back to your car by keeping left at all trail intersections. The falls can also be hiked if camping at Mathews Arm Campground and a good trail map for the hike can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/shen/upload/Overall-Run.pdf.

Pack List

  • $20 entrance fee to Shenandoah National Park (or annual pass)
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Sturdy hiking shoes
  • Trail map
  • Camera
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Backpacking, Camping, Fitness, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Year Round

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6.1 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1700 Feet


Easy Parking

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Added by Elyse Clark

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