South River Falls

South River Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Shenandoah Located at milepost 62.8 in the Central district of the Shenandoah National Park, the trail leading to the falls is moderately difficult, and 2.6 miles long. Visitors should park in the south River Picnic Area to access the trailhead; the brochure given to all visitors as they enter the park will provide additional information.<p> Located in lush deciduous woodlands, the falls tumble an impressive 83 feet from top to bottom, and are reached by several trails. South River Falls is at the head of a deep and precipitous rocky gorge. It's the third-highest falls in the Park, and begins as a single stream falling to a pool about halfway down the cliff; from the pool it divides and falls the rest of the way in two separate streams. The falls are best seen from an observation point a little way downstream, on the left bank of the gorge. The falls can be dangerous in icy weather, and hikers should be prepared for seasonal changes in the weather. Comfortable shoes, long pants and insect repellent are all useful during the summer months.

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