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8.5 mls
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5.0 hours plus a half hour for lunch
1,965 ft
Shenandoah National Park
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e.g.. 12000 Government Center Parkway 22035 or Fairfax VA
Park at the end of VA630 where the paved road ends. DO NOT park on the gravel private driveway. Please respect private property. Foot traffic ONLY. 38.80194, -78.31461

The Overall Run circuit passes one of the largest continuous waterfalls in Virginia. The trails also go through valley streams and meadows, no wonder this loop is another local hiker favorite. With Beecher Ridge having one of the highest concentrations of Black Bears in the park, this is one hike where you may still catch a glimpse of a bear in the wild. If you wish to add some more length, and also catch another small pool with waterfall try the sister hike that enters the park from Chrisman Road VA697, Overall Run/Heiskell Hollow.

As of December 2010 access to the Overall Run circuit from the parking area on VA630 has been re-opened. Read about the issue in the Warren Country Report (page 19) here.

From the parking area, walk down the private gravel road following the blue blazes for 0.2 miles where you pass a cable gate. After passing the cable gate continue for 200 yards where the private road you are on crosses a small creek. Turn right onto the blue blazed Thompson Hollow Trail. DO NOT continue upwards towards the house, this is all private property, please stay on the trail.

Start heading uphill on the blue blazed trail and shortly pass a marker designating the Shenandoah National Park boundary. In 0.5 miles from the park boundary, and just past the trail high point, reach the intersection of the blue blazed Tuscarora Trail. Continue straight on the blue blazed trail for an additional 0.2 miles to the intersection of the blue blazed Overall Run/Tuscarora Trail.

Turn left uphill and cross Overall Run for the first time in 0.7 miles from the last intersection. Cross Overall Run again in another 0.2 miles, before the trail starts getting steeper as it begins to climb Mathews Arm. The trail will become very steep as it switchbacks up the ridge, then pass a small campsite 0.8 miles from the last crossing of Overall Run.

From the campsite head uphill for another 0.3 miles and arrive at the major Overall Run waterfall overlook, and spectacular view of the Massanutten Range to the west. From the overlook continue uphill for 0.3 miles passing a smaller set of falls before coming to the next trail marker. The trail to the left is the no longer maintained portion of the Mathews Arm Trail. Continue uphill on the blue blazed trail for 150 yards to the next trail marker and intersection of the yellow blazed Mathews Arm Trail.

Turn right on the yellow blazed Mathews Arm Trail (the yellow blazes may not be visible from the intersection), and shortly cross the top section of Overall Run. In 0.5 miles from the last intersection arrive a the junction of the Beecher Ridge Trail. Turn right downward on the yellow blazed Beecher Ridge Trail as is winds it's way downward for 2.4 miles to the intersection of the blue blazed Beecher Ridge/Overall Run connector Trail.

Continue straight on the now blue blazed trail as it heads down to the valley and Overall Run in 0.6 miles. After crossing Overall Run the trail will continue downstream for 100 yards before turning right upstream, and becoming the Overall Run Trail.

Turn right upstream on the Overall Run Trail is it follows the run on the left bank before passing a side trail in 0.5 miles. The side trail leads to Overall Run and large swimming hole, with a slide before and after it. Stay left uphill on the blue blazed trail, and in 0.1 miles arrive back at the intersection of the Tuscarora Trail.

Turn left retracing your steps past the Tuscarora Trail turnoff in 0.2 miles, then continuing straight on the Thompson Hollow Trail to the SNP boundary, then gravel road back to the parking area in 0.8 miles.

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Hiker Reviews For The Overall Run/Beecher Ridge Hike (5 Most Recent)
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By: Frank Rating: Date of Hike: Thursday, April 17, 2014
The dogwoods are just beginning to blossom, and the Overall Run is rushing on an inch or two of rain two days previous, making for rich falls, two barefoot fords through the water, and the spectacular vistas of Massanutten that you came here for. What a delight.

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Would probably put this at 3 and 1/2 stars. Pretty good loop - first half before the climb is nothing special but the waterfall views are great (and were going very strongly at the time) and the ridge back still had some views without the leaves on the trees. Also saw three bears - 2 cubs and mom - on Beecher ridge.

By: Tika Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, March 22, 2014
We only hiked part of the trail from the parking lot to the overall run overlook which is about 2.8 miles one way. We had our 5 year old and 10 year old boys. The little one needed some help otherwise everybody managed to climb up. It took us 4 hours for out and back, the slow pace was due to our 5 year old boy.The trail was muddy and our shoes and trousers were covered with dirt, but I think it will dry out in a few days or a week. The view from the overlook was great. Loved the hike and will do again.

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, March 01, 2014
Hi all. Need some help. A couple of friends and I hiked the Overall Run Trail today, Sat 3/1/2014 and I lost a large some of money in the parking area of the trail head just before leaving. I must have dropped it when I was sorting gear at the end of the hike. I am hoping I might ask if anyone who hiked today if they saw picked it up, they would be so kind as to contact me and return it. The money was or at least when I believe I dropped it in a chrome money clip with a Saints emblem on it. If anyone could contact me I would greatly appreciate it. I live in the Arlington, VA area. Thank you all, Nathan Beaudoin 617-642-8995

By: Mountain Mama Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, January 12, 2014
Great hike with my husband, 20 month old (on my back), and 6 year old. After 2 days of rain in DC, the stream crossings here were still (surprisingly) doable. We stayed dry using waterproof hiking boots and poles. A beautiful day and some gorgeous views!

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