Piney Branch Trail is a 8.5 mile out and back trail located near Rileyville, VA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
We hiked a good portion of this trail as a part of the roughly 10 mile loop up Little Devil Stairs, across Pole Bridge, down Piney Branch, and finished with Hogback over to the Kaiser Run Fire Road.
Overall the hike follows water most of the way up and back down, so there are quite a few water crossings and falls to check out along the way (bring extra socks haha). It was beautiful late October. LDS took a good bit of time and energy to ascend so the easier hike down Piney Branch was a really nice follow up.
Fire road hikes always sound boring to me, so if you have the time and energy to do the longer route I definitely think it was worth it.
Did part of this as part of the Keyser Fire Road - Little Devils Stairs - Piney Branch Trail - Sugar Loaf Trail - AT - Hogback loop.
Started at the KFR lot, took LDS down, KFR to PBT then S:T to AT & Hogback to the lot.
The hardest part [on the knees] was LDS. Otherwise was a pretty moderate but challenging hike. Was a pretty warm spring day...probably 70s and somewhat sunny.
Passed several groups of hikers who were going up LDS and at one point on PBT one of those groups. There were a few on the Hogback trail but otherwise had the trails to myself.