"Hazel Mountain Overlook Sunrise" by U.S. National Park Service , public domain
National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Mathews Arm Area | Shenandoah National Park 2017 Hollo w Trail il Tuscarora Tra Overall Ru n Th o mp so n North ail r T Tusc ar o ra – O v er all Overall/Beecher Connector Trail Ru n il Tra ee B Ma th e Be ec h er rm sA w Trail is k He ra e Weddl wo od T Mathews Arm Campground Kno bM ou nt Hiking Trail Hiking Trail (Appalachian Trail) Hiking Trail (Horses) Unpaved Road Unpaved Road (Horses) Hogback Overlook ail Tr Tuscarora–Overall P Run Trail MP 21 ce n ai Tra il sT rail Heiskell Hollow l rai es T Trac Trail P Registration ra oll ow il e ll H d Mathew sA rm Ro a Ridge il Tra Tuscarora–Ov era l l R un Tra il er ch Overall Run Falls (93’) Traces T rai l R id g e Trail T ail w Tr allo w Elk Paved Road Skyline Drive Park Boundary Stream P Parking Building 0 0.5 Kilometer 0 Viewpoint 0.5 Mile Waterfall Emergency 1-800-732-0911 • Information 540-999-3500 • Online www.nps.gov/shen Overall Run Falls Hike Markers & Blazes 5.1-mile circuit 4-hrs hiking time Moderately strenuous 1,291-ft elevation gain Trail markers are at trailheads and intersections. The metal bands are stamped with directional and mileage information. From the Mathews Arm Campground registration parking area at mile 22.2, take Traces Trail to the yellow-blazed Mathews Arm Road. The road becomes Mathews Arm Trail. Stay on the right at its intersection with Beecher Ridge Trail and continue on Mathews Arm Trail following it to the intersection with Tuscarora-Overall Run Trail. Go left and follow it about a tenth of a mile to a side trail. From here you can see the upper falls. Continue downhill on the main trail and use the side trail to get a view of the biggest falls in Shenandoah at 93 feet. Retrace your steps back to your starting point. Trail blazes are found on trees and rocks throughout the Park. The color identifies the trail type: Blue - Hiking trail White - Appalachian Trail Yellow - Open to horses NOTE: If the campground is closed, you can park at mile 21 and take the Appalachian Trail to the Tuscarora-Overall Run Trail. This route adds another mile to your hike. If you are already in the campground, you can take the yellow-blazed Mathews Arm Road from the B-loop. Traces Trail Hike Need to Know ■ 1.7-mile circuit 1¼-hrs hiking time Easiest 333-ft elevation gain From the registration parking area at mile 22.2, take the blueblazed Traces Nature Trail around the campground. Hiking Difficulty Scale Easiest: Generally suitable for anyone who enjoys walking. Mostly level or with a slight incline. Generally less than 3 miles. Moderate: Generally suitable for novice hikers seeking a bit of a challenge. The terrain will involve a moderate incline and may have some steeper sections. Generally 3 to 5 miles. Moderately Strenuous: Generally challenging for an unconditioned person. The terrain will involve a steady and often steep incline. Generally 5 to 8 miles. Strenuous: Will challenge most hikers. The hike will generally be longer and steeper, but may be deemed strenuous because of the elevation gain. Generally 7 to 10 miles. Very Strenuous: Only well-conditioned and well-prepared hikers should attempt. Generally long and steep, and may include rock scrambling, stream crossings, and other challenging terrain. Generally 8 miles and over. ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Pets are not allowed on Traces Trail. Where allowed, pets must be on a leash no longer than 6’ at all times. Do not attempt to cross streams during icy conditions or flooding. It’s dangerous and potentially deadly to climb on the rocks near waterfalls. Be sure you are physically able to complete the hike you’ve chosen. Take plenty of water—at least a quart per hour. When you return from your hike, check for ticks. Be sure someone knows where you are and when to expect your return. Leave what you find. Artifacts are protected by law. Filter or treat water from streams before drinking. Good to Know Traces Trail is a fairly smooth walk with a few moderately steep places through a former homesite. Look for rock walls and old road beds. Shenandoah was created from over 1,000 privately owned tracts of land. Throughout the Park you can find traces of those who lived and worked in these mountains and sacrificed their land and homes for this national park. Please show your respect by not disturbing artifacts. Leave No Trace ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Plan ahead and prepare. Travel and camp on durable surfaces. Dispose of waste properly. Leave what you find. Respect wildlife. Be considerate of other visitors. Trail maintenance and map funded by recreation fee dollars.