Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Overall Run Trail

A couple of weeks ago, when we went on the Tuscarora-Overall Run Trail, we had been expecting to find some nice swimming holes carved out of the rock below the falls. We didn't find them, but on our way off the trail we met a sturdy looking guy with a bunch of photographic equipment, who clearly knew the area well. He told us how to find the swimming holes, and that we wouldn't need to hike another 5 hours and 8 miles to do it.

Turns out that instead of an arduous climb, the spot we were thinking of was a relatively easy 30-minute hike to the stream, well below the waterfall we saw last time. 


There were waterfalls here too, not so dramatic as the first one but far more accessible.

And these waterfalls landed in perfect greenish-blue swimming pools. We will certainly be coming back here in the summer.

A perfect place to bring the dogs, with watery traverses for the most adventurous 

and nice flat rocks to relax on, for those who are older and more sensible. 

This trail was much less  physically demanding than the other one, but there was still some challenging rock climbing to do. 

Again Lamar surprised me with his agility. 

I only had to give him a boost a couple of times, on the way up those slick rocks.

Fozzie was in heaven, like a kid in an amusement park.

On the ride home, even Fozzie was so tired he eventually lay down, and stopped trying to bite passing cars. 
 Or maybe he just wanted to provide a nice headrest to his old buddy Lamar.


  1. What a perfect swimming hole for a hot day. Hopefully it's not too well known.

  2. Beautiful spot! Where do you live?

  3. Beautiful! I think I'd be heading that way quite a lot!


  4. Good thing you ran into the photographer! Great trip!

  5. When you're too tired to bite passing cars, you know it was a good day.

  6. You have the greatest hiking places! I'd love to hike my guys there.

  7. A beautiful hike to the stream.
    Benny & Lily

  8. Looking forward to many hikes and swims with you all this coming spring and summer.

  9. That looks like a fantastic spot! When we camped in Shenandoah last fall we did some hiking but the trails had too many obstacles for a blind dog. Relaxing on those rocks on a warm summer day with a picnic...ah....that'd be wonderful.


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