South River Falls in Virginia

South River Falls in Shenandoah National Park (Greene County)

It is said South River Falls (83 feet) is the 3rd highest waterfall in Shenandoah National Park!

Unfortunately, the view from the overlook at 1.3 miles is somewhat disappointing BUT there is a trail down to the base of the waterfall! For some reason the park rangers do not show this trail on maps!

This “secret” trail makes the steep hike very worthwhile and we recommend a visit – especially after a rainy period.

It is 2.15 miles from the parking area to the base of South River Falls.

Directions

Please study our Virginia Waterfall Map for accurate locations.

Park near the trailhead in the South River Picnic Area at Mile 62.8. You will find restrooms nearby.

South River Falls Parking
South River Falls Parking

The trail crosses the Appalachian Trail at 0.1 mile then turns downhill with several switchbacks. It is a rough and rocky trail as is typical in Shenandoah so please wear proper shoes!

South River Falls - Rough Trail
South River Falls – Rough Trail

The overlook at 1.3 miles is where most visitors turn around and return home.

South River Falls - Viewpoint
South River Falls – Viewpoint

Do not turn back if you are prepared! The trail will get rougher but it is clearly marked with blue blazes all the way to the river.

At the river, do not cross! Look to your right and you will see more blue blazes leading you uphill through the foilage.

South River Falls - Base Marker
South River Falls – Base Marker

After just a short, rocky hike you will find yourself at the base of South River Falls!

South River Falls - Base Trail
South River Falls – Base Trail

Trail Map

Trail Map - South River Falls
Trail Map – South River Falls (click to enlarge)

Trail Profile

South River Falls Profile
South River Falls Profile (click to enlarge)