Shenandoah National Park: Hazel Mountain

This 9.6-mile hike into a narrow wooded valley passes through old settler farmlands, impressive waterfalls, and mountain overlooks to a quiet creekside lunch spot.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.8



Location: 38.6384162902832, -78.3136520385742

Meadow Springs trailhead: Trail starts @ S corner of parking lot and enters a mixed forest of rhododendron and hardwoods


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Keep straight on main trail @ next two intersections


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Veer L onto White Rocks Trail


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Near huge boulder, listen for babbling creek on R; up ahead watch for an old rock fence on L, evidence that several mountain families once homesteaded here


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Turn R; steep descent to Hazel River


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Cascades nosedive down several drops; continue downstream a few hundred yards to a small rock overhang, then return to main trail


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Keep E, then climb a handful of white rocky knobs with occasional overlooks to lush green mountaintops


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Drop into wooded valley again; cross Hazel River


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Turn L @ Y, skirting the steep sides of Hazel Mountain


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Numerous cool creek pools promise superb lunch spots and catch-and-release fishing holes; return to car