Entries by jasonprep

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Bear Rock Trail

Bear Rock Trail — This short but stunning hike gives you sweeping views across Little Stony Creek Gorge.  Highlights: stunning views, hawks and other raptors Length: 0.5 miles (round trip) Difficulty: easy to moderate Trailhead: To reach the Bear Rock trailhead from Dungannon, follow Rte 72 north for 7.7 miles, then turn left onto Retford Rd […]

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Chief Benge Scout Trail

Chief Benge Scout Trail (CBST) is a good overnight backpacking opportunity or hike a section. Things to see and enjoy vary from High Knob overlook, cold mountain lakes, following streams in deep gorges, and Little Stony plunge waterfall. How to get there There are several routes to the High Knob Trailhead from Gate City, VA. […]

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Daniel Boone Birding Trail

This trail winds up the opposite side of Powell Mountain from the Kane Gap Trail and then joins the latter trail at Kane Gap.  The Daniel Boone Trail begins on an old gravel road, but then narrows down into a hiking trail that continues for several miles through hardwood forests. In the summer, look for […]

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Devil’s Fork Trail Loop

Highlights: rhododendron-lined creek, fossils, natural swimming hole, overnight possibilities Length: 7.2 miles round trip (optional 1.8 additional miles (or more) up one way) Difficulty: difficult Trailhead: From Ft. Blackmore, head north on Rte 619, turning left at the junction of Rte 619 and Rte 657 to stay on Rte 619. Soon thereafter, take FS road […]

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Devil’s Bathtub & Waterfall

1565 FS Begley, Dungannon The Devil’s Bathtub was recently names one of the Weather Channel’s Hidden Gems and is often cited as Virginia’s Number One travel destination. The Devil’s Fork Loop Trail takes you on a seven-plus mile hike across stream beds, past Cascade Falls and to the Devil’s Bathtub, where a stunning stream races […]

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Edith Gap

This is not an official trailhead, merely a pull off on the road. To reach Edith Gap, head north on Rte 72 from Dungannon for 8.4 miles. Turn left onto Jaybird Branch Rd. and follow it for 3.2 miles. Take a slight left onto Pine Camp Rd. and drive for 2.6 miles. Turn left at Robinson […]

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Glady Fork Wetland

This high elevation forested wetland is off the beaten path, but is a must-see for the serious birder.  The beaver-maintained wetland contains open meadows, marshes, swampy scrubland, ponds and hardwood forests. It is home to equal diversity of bird life, such as pileated woodpeckers, chestnut-sided, Canada, yellow-throated and yellow warblers, northers parulas, and dark-eyed juncos […]

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Guest River Gorge

The Guest River Gorge Trail meanders along 300-million-year-old sandstone cliffs that plunge 400 feet to the pristine waters below. The deep gorge was created as the Guest River, now designated as a state scenic river, tunneled through Stone Mountain on its way toward the Clinch River. The gentle grade of this trail and its crushed […]

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Little Stony Falls

If you’re looking for an easy trip, the Little Stony National Recreation Trail in Jefferson National Forest is the perfect alternative to the nearby Devils Fork Loop Trail. Devils Fork Loop is gorgeous, but it includes a strenuous and often wet climb. Little Stony, on the other hand, offers similarly beautiful views within a mere […]

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Bark Camp Lake

Bark Camp Lake Loop Trail — This tranquil lakeside trail winds through cove woods, wetlands, and hemlock forests. Nearly level terrain makes for an easy walk with plenty of opportunities to see kingfishers, herons, and other lake wildlife. Highlights:  lake views, waterfowl, rare plants Length:  3.7 miles round trip Difficulty:  easy to moderate Trailhead:  The trailhead […]