Guest River Trail is a 12 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Coeburn, Virginia 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.
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.
This was my first time on this trail. I loved every minute of it. Beautiful trail as it winds with the river below. The tunnel is very cool to go through. It is easy running and I can't wait to go back.
Great place to take a leisurely hike. Very peaceful and easy.
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.
Nice easy ride for me and the wife
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.
Worth the trip - nice short day hike...what's not to like?