Iron Mine Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Stuart, Virginia that features a cave. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
1.1 mile trail that offers great views of Fairystone Lake and numerous iron mines. Has numerous switchbacks as you climb the mountain.
This trail exceeded my expectations. There are several switchbacks and some nice elevation change for a short loop. You pass a couple old mine entrances (one you need to take a short spur to get to). The scenery is pretty, especially with some fall color remaining in the trees. There is also a very nice view looking down over the lake and the beach area. You can extend the hike by including the trail to Stuart's Knob, and there is plenty of parking at the trailhead.
Nice day relatively easy loop
Trail was in good shape. Numerous switchbacks and views of several iron mines along the way. Traffic was nonexistent on the trail as we met no one else. Parking at trailhead was good. Overall it wasn't a bad trip.