Shenandoah National Park: Moormans River

This 4.2-mile out-and-back hike is a local's favorite, climbing gently from the flood-torn banks of the Moormans River to one of the most impressive waterfalls in the park.
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This 4.2-mile out-and-back hike is a local's favorite, climbing gently from the flood-torn banks of the Moormans River to one of the most impressive waterfalls in the park.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 3.4

Waypoints

MRT001

Location: 38.139275, -78.74968

Trek N on dirt road (North Fork Trail)

MRT002

Location: 38.141861, -78.748863

Trail swings into dense hardwood forest

MRT003

Location: 38.144913, -78.748573

Scope eddies for trout; the state of Virginia stocks fish in this cold stream every spring

MRT004

Location: 38.147915, -78.748756

Cross North Fork of the Moormans River

MRT005

Location: 38.148949, -78.748611

Trail climbs above washed-out riverbanks

MRT006

Location: 38.149639, -78.748383

Cross river above gurgling rapids

MRT007

Location: 38.15741, -78.748131

Rerouted path crosses river again

MRT008

Location: 38.161118, -78.746025

Trees and huge boulders hang above deeply carved banks

MRT009

Location: 38.165535, -78.744965

Trail drops to riverbed; quick L onto spur trail

MRT010

Location: 38.165833, -78.746605

Big Branch Falls: Wash off the southern humidity with a quick dip in the mountain-fresh stream; return to car