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Tuscarora-Overall Run Trail

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6.2 Miles 10.0 Kilometers



9' 3 m


-2,755' -840 m



Avg Grade (5°)


Max Grade (20°)

3,423' 1,043 m


676' 206 m


Shared By Larry W. Brown



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A manageable descent from the white-blazed AT past the lush scenery of Overall Run Falls and beyond.

Larry W. Brown

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


This trail branches off of the white-blazed AT: Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PA/MD/VA/WV) heading north toward Matthews Arm Campground and Overall Run Falls beyond, ending at the Tuscarora Trail.

The trail is blazed with blue, and is well marked. This first portion of the descent is fairly moderate, though you'll notice the elevation loss.

After about three-quarters of a mile, visitors will reach the Tuscarora-Overall Run Access Trail that connects to the Traces Trail that loops around Matthews Arm Campground. Stay to the right, heading east and north, passing the junction with Matthews Arm Trail, that comes in from the left after a little over two miles from the start.

From here, visitors will continue their descent as it becomes gradually steeper, heading toward Overall Run Falls. Shortly, there will be a viewpoint to the left (west) of the trail. This small detour is worthwhile, as the views of the falls are spectacular here! Though the Overall Run Falls don't plunge straight down, the sound that the water makes as it tumbles from rock to rock is soothing and beautiful. The total drop is still an impressive 93 feet, though depending on the season, the falls might be dry.

After you enjoy your time at the falls, the trail continues to lose elevation. There is a steep portion just after the falls, as visitors will descend to and then cross a stream. The trail levels out after the stream crossing, and opens up into a scenic hollow. Take some time to explore here, or begin your return journey.

Though the descent is fun and quick, remember that it will be tough work to ascend back to the camping area. The trail continues to descend, more gradually now, until it ends at the Tuscarora Trail.

Thanks to Larry W. Brown, for sharing this trail 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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Note that there is no trail access or parking from the end of this route. There are a series of "No Trespassing" and "Private Property" signs and a gate that make this clear Mar 17, 2018
Larry W. Brown
Bridgewater, VA
Larry W. Brown   Bridgewater, VA
Not sure which "end of this route" you are referring to, you can access a trailhead from Thompson Hollow at the park boundary for an alternate hiking trail to Overall; see info on this page:… There is a small parking area at Thompson Hollow road. When you park be careful not to block the road or access to private property. The actual trail head is several hundred yards ahead, up a private gravel road. Visitors are required to walk, not drive, up the road from the parking area. Mar 20, 2018

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