Guest River Trail

EASY 7 reviews
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Guest River Trail is a 12 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Coeburn, VA that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November.

12.0 miles 1479 feet Out & Back

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips






wild flowers


This trail follows the Guest River through a rugged and remote gorge in the Jefferson National Forest. The trail itself is a multi-use trail allowing for walking, jogging, hiking, and biking (gravel surface). Trail passes by numerous small waterfalls and provides fantastic views of rapids along the river, as well as house-sized boulders and massive sandstone cliffs within the gorge. The gorge itself contains an incredible array of wildlife, which may be seen during almost all times of year along the trail, and the river provides an excellent overview of the historical role of water in shaping the southwest Virginia landscape.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Great place to take a leisurely hike. Very peaceful and easy.

5 months ago

Nice, easy, well maintained gravel road for hiking or biking. Its very scenic with the Cliffs on one side and the river on the other.

1 year ago

road biking
1 year ago

Nice easy ride for me and the wife

3 years ago

An easy trail to navigate as it is a rails to trails path. The grade into the gorge is very gradual. There are a few waterfalls along the way, and a little shady picnic area about halfway into the gorge. Plan on about half day if you walk entire 11.6 miles.

4 years ago

Worth the trip - nice short day hike...what's not to like?