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Lands Run Falls

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 3.8 (10) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A short and scenic out-and-back hike to Lands Run Falls.


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1.2

Miles

1.9

KM

Out and Back

2,050' 625 m

High

1,761' 537 m

Low

289' 88 m

Up

289' 88 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly A short and sweet hike along a moderate fire road off of Skyline Drive. Explore a smaller series of cascades at the end of the trail with opportunities to spot wildlife and wildflowers.

Overview

This hike is a great way to access some scenic falls using a fire road off of Skyline Drive. With easy parking found at the Lands Run Gap parking area, this may be a short trip based off of mileage but it will still feel rewarding with the moderate grade and elevation change.

Description

Off the west side of Skyline Drive, use the Lands Run Gap Road to head downhill for about a half-mile. The road was regraded about ten years ago so it is in fairly good shape though it can be fairly steep. Be on the lookout for a low point where a small stream flows under the road. Follow the stream about twenty-five feet to the right toward the top of the falls.

The falls are a group of small waterfalls that drop a total of approximately 80 feet through a narrow gorge. Except in spring, when the snow is melting, or following rainy periods during summer, there typically isn't much water flowing here. Unfortunately, there is no vantage point from which you can see all the falls at once.

To see the first cascade, head across the stream to the left bank and cautiously work your way down through the rocks, watching out for poison ivy during the warmer months. Please stay on the path for your own safety and to prevent damage to sensitive vegetation.

Thanks to Larry W. Brown, for sharing this description. If you’re interested in learning more details about great hikes, weather, camping / lodging, wildlife, and scenic drives, check out the comprehensive Guide to Shenandoah National Park.

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Larry W Brown

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Lands run falls
Sep 15, 2020 near Front R…, VA
Creek just above the falls
Aug 13, 2019 near Front R…, VA
The Hickerson trailhead is marked by this post.
Apr 16, 2017 near Front R…, VA

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Mar 20, 2021
Alexandra Smith
Nice small falls and creeks. Not many views. The North Side of park is W I L D.
Mar 14, 2021
Scott Truax
Sep 7, 2020
Katie B
1.1mi — 0h 37m
Aug 7, 2020
Daniel McCloskey
Jul 27, 2020
Private User
Jul 15, 2020
Bethanie Brown
Jun 14, 2020
Jessica Callahan
Nov 11, 2019
Marghi Insignares
1h 12m