Rose River Trail

Rose River cascade

A beautiful cascade located on Rose River

Skyline Drive, VA


Rose River Loop Trail is a beautiful walk on a warm day.  The tree's canopy offers constant shade on a warm day.  The trail is of moderate difficulty, with a slight decline down to Rose River.  Once the trail meets Rose River, the path continues parallel to the river.  A short walk along the trail leads to Rose River waterfall which is a 67 feet high.  Rose River actually has two cascades, the first one being slightly difficult to reach the bottom while the second cascade can be extremely dangerous and is not recommended.  The above picture is of the second cascade.   These two cascades are probably within a stone's throw of one another.   After leaving the cascades, the trail will continue on downhill.

Rose River Trail

Activities: Hiking, Walking, Photography
Location: Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive, VA
Directions: Located inside Shenandoah National Park on Skyline Drive. The trail is across the road from Fisher's Gap Overlook.  A concrete marker will point the way at the fork in the trail.  Fisher's Gap overlook is located south of Thornton Gap Entrance Station.
Trails: Rose River Loop Trail
Topography: River, woods, waterfalls
Hiking Information: This park is part of the National Park Service and it charges a fee to enter.  Please check the NPS page for current fees.  The trail can be muddy in areas after a rain.
Trail Map: A map of the park is issued at the park entrance.  A map of Rose River Loop Trail is available under the Big Meadows Area map section on the Shenandoah National Park page.
Photo Album: Other Photographs

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Page Updated: June 17, 2005