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NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

FROM TOP LEFT, CLOCKWISE:
Overall Run Falls is the tallest in the park, at
93 feet.
The Rip Rap loop hike offers a great vista.
Cedar Run Trail includes a 20-foot falls.
The mountain-top amphitheater is a highlight
of Loft Mountain Campground.
Big Meadows Lodge upholds touches of the
Civilian Conservation Corps era.

mile roundtrip hike that descends from
the parking lot at milepost 42.6. Expect
mountain streams strewn with boulders,
steel footbridges and plenty of scenery.
For an upgraded adventure, continue past
the first waterfall for 1.35 miles and check
out the 35-foot lower falls.
Hawksbill Mountain. There are a number
of ways to reach the SNP's highest peak
at 4,050-foot Hawksbill Mountain. The
easiest is taking the Upper Hawksbill Trail
at milepost 46.7. The 2-mile roundtrip
passes through a high-alpine red spruce
and Frasier fir forest en route to the rocky

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summit, where you'll find a stone shelter
and observation platform with incredible,
270-degree views including Massanutten
Mountain, Stony Man and Old Rag.
Big Meadows Lodge. At milepost 51 near
a 3,500-foot-high mountaintop meadow
you'll find a rustic, 25-room lodge overlooking the Shenandoah Valley. It was
built in 1939 by Civilian Conservation
Corps from native stone and wormy chestnut. Nearby cabins and multi-use buildings house an additional 71 rooms-many
equipped with private balconies and jawdropping views. Eat and drink onsite at
the Spottswood Dining Room and New
Market Taproom. The latter offers craft
brews on tap, a local wine menu and live
music on weekends. Lodging from $89.

HIDDEN DELIGHTS
Five-hundred miles of hiking trails, 70
streams and 40,000 acres of backcountry
offer ample adventures in the park's more
obscure corridors. These excursions are
sure to delight.
Overall Run Falls. The 93-foot waterfall
is the tallest in the park and is located in
the North District near milepost 21. Get

there by way of a 5.1-mile out-and-back
that starts just south of Hogback Overlook.
Along the way, you'll pass through quiet
hollows and get multiple stream crossings and views of Massanutten Mountain
range to the west.
Cedar Run Trail. Hike a bit over 3 miles
out-and-back through a rocky gorge, following a stream past idyllic pools to a
20-plus-foot waterfall and a natural waterslide that culminates in a dreamy swimming hole. Look for the trailhead in the
Whiteoak Canyon parking lot at milepost
42.6.


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