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Length Difficulty Streams Views Solitude Camping
5.0 mls
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Elev. Gain:
3.5 hours including breaks
660 ft
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Park on FR 62 where at the large parking area where FR 62 narrows and before the gate.
Note: If you are car camping at one of the spots on the upper end of FR 62 when the gate is open from April 1 to January 10. From this point FR 62 is very narrow and requires a high clearance vehicle to navigate. 38.47250, -79.14483

An easy secluded hike with a big payoff, the 25ft Hone Quarry Falls are the largest set of waterfalls in the Shenandoah Mountain area and a little know hidden gem. With two ledge falls and 25ft main set of falls there are several nice view points along the stream. The first section of the hike follows FR 62 past a marsh pond then through a section of old growth forest with several small streams that run down from Pond Knob. The Slate Springs and Waterfall trails have a gentle incline as they climb up to the waterfall area.

There are also several other hikes in the Hone Quarry area along FR 62. Hidden Rocks, a pleasant 2.5 mile out/back to a small waterfall and cliff overlook. Oak Knob, a 7.9 mile circuit past a valley overlook and hike along the Oak Knob and Knob ridge. And Hone Quarry Ridge, a 5.0 mile circuit with a nice viewpoint of Shenandoah Mountain and section along Hone Quarry Run. Video of all four sites.

Camping: FR 62 has several large secluded camping sites that are also accessible by high clearance vehicles from April 1 through January 10. The first campsite is located at the intersection of FR 62 and Slate Springs Trail and will accommodate 5 tents. The second is 0.15 further and is the smallest but still large enough for several tents. The third is in another 0.05 miles on the left next to Hone Quarry Run and accommodate 5+ tents. The fourth is 0.6 miles further along FR 62 on the right side and is the largest of the three suitable for large groups. You can also camp at the Forestry Service managed Hone Quarry Campground that is located a mile prior to the hike parking area on FR 62.


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Hone Quarry Falls
Hone Quarry Falls Hike Comments
Archived Comments

By: Flowdorious Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, June 2, 2019
Rock is legit. Lotta bugs doe

By: SleeperGirl77 Rating: Date of Hike: Monday, May 20, 2019
Took a day trip from Richmond to share this hike with a friend! The road to the quarry lake is riddled with DEEP potholes so a high clearance vehicle is necessary. Easy hike up the FR to the falls trail head and equally easy hike through the woods to the falls. It was a comfortable hike on a sunny 80-83 degree day! We ate lunch and rested at the falls and dipped our toes in the cold water! We did not venture further on the trail to see the campsites above the falls but the campsite at the falls trail head looked nice. We only saw one person driving in, a park ranger, and saw no one on the trail or parking area at the lake. As we left, some trucks were heading in with jonboats to go fishing. It's a nice hidden gem considering most waterfall hikes in VA do not offer much solitude.

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