AMC offers COVID conscious opportunities to enjoy the outdoors locally, visit many of our lodges and campgrounds, and join virtual events and activities. Participants of all in-person events should bring and wear face coverings, expect social distancing, and changes to our usual practices. To support contact tracing and hands-free signing of the AMC liability waiver, online registration is required for all in person AMC events.

South River Falls - 3.3-mile hike in Shenandoah National Park

Date and Time

Sunday, March 21, 2021, 10:00AM - 4:00PM


South River Falls Shenandoah Central District,
Virginia, Shenandoahs,


Registration is required for this activity.


Descend via snowshoes or microspikes depending on conditions to enjoy views of South River Falls, 83' Falls, 3rd largest in SNP. South River Falls is located in the Central District of Shenandoah just north of the Swift Run Gap Entrance. The moderate 3.3-mile hike via the Falls Trail, AT and Tote Road begins at the South River Falls picnic area, next to the restrooms and is a dog-friendly hike. The elevation gain and loss is 830'. To ensure your safety and enable you to join us on this hike, you must register here on the AMC Activities Database website, complete the liability waiver form, and have your registration confirmed by this activity's AMC Chapter Leader. You will be notified by email when you are confirmed as a participant. ANYONE NOT RECEIVING A REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION FROM THIS ACTIVITY'S LEADER WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO JOIN THE GROUP AT THE TRAILHEAD.AN RSVP ON MEETUP IS NOT CONSIDERED BEING REGISTERED FOR THIS ACTIVITY - THAT CAN ONLY BE ACCOMPLISHED HERE ON THE AMC ACTIVITY DATABASE WEB SITE. In the event that social distancing (6 feet) cannot be maintained during this activity, every participant must have a suitable medical or cloth mask made of two layers of fabric with them which covers their nose and mouth that they can use. Moderate: Fitness level and/or past experience to sustain the activity at a moderate pace is required. Expect to be active up to 4-6 hours per day. Reasonable breaks in the action. Group size is limited to 10 including leaders. Depending on the conditions, nowshoes, microspikes and outdoor clothing appropriate for the conditions are required. Contact leader for more information if you need to buy any of this gear. ***There is no fee for the AMC hike; however, SNP will charge an entrance fee ($30 per vehicle).***

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Related Link(s):

Photo album of our last trip here

Driving Directions

Click map for driving directions

Trailhead is behind the restrooms at the South River Falls Picnic Area. If Skyline Drive is closed due to adverse weather conditions we will relocate the hike.

Snowshoe hike on Avalanche Lake in the Adirondacks.



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I have been leading backpacking trips for the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Adirondack Mountain Club since 1975. I enjoy taking the time to look at the scenery and have a relatively slow pace. I am patient with beginners and enjoy helping them learn new skills.