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Rachel Blevins reviewed Dickey Knob Trail
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Kristen Osgood reviewed Iron Mountain Trail
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Hiking

Met some bear dogs, kinda scary

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Alan Munshower reviewed Raven Cliff Campground
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HikingBlowdownOff trailOver grownWashed out

It looks like most folks reviewing this only 'hike' the 1/4 mile to furnace. If that's all you see, sure, the river and cliffs on the drive in are nice. If you decide to do this hike as it is listed on this site, be ready for a huge disappointment. After getting lost repeatedly within the first few minutes and practically giving up, I had to stare at my phone to find the trail and restart my recording. Then I hit the overgrown brambles section, where I was fortunate to not have sacrificed an expensive piece of hiking clothing. In the summer you won't be as lucky. Next came the washed out 'bunker' section, where the trail is rutted out up four feet deep at some points, thanks to the horse traffic that makes up the bulk of use on this trail. The trail then continued up hill with multiple blowdowns. Then it leveled off and I thought 'at least we'll get to see the Raven Cliffs' but then it ended anti-climatically in the middle of nowhere. No views to be found anywhere. I only saw hunters out there who were probably hating me for making noise in the leaves. And I wouldn't blame them. There is no reason to hike this trail.

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Jo Hagerty reviewed Dickey Knob Trail
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Hiking

only did first half but what a wonderful day! Lots of ridge running and rocks.

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Beginning in the rhodies was cool. Then leafless hardwood forest, nice. Then, Hemlocks and Spruce, don't get to see them too often in Virginia, was a treat. Then moss covered stones and roots, again, very cool. Getting to the first meadow was amazing! I scoured around and found ponies and another vista. Perfect time of the year, imo, to go. All the leaves were off the scrub and just the red tips remained. Gorgeous! Walked around the meadow for about a mile. When I got to the Scales campground, I climbed to the top of the opposing ridge and walked another two miles. Absolutely beautiful! Another pony on top, by itself. All in all, 12 miles out and back and could've went further. Important: Parking lot can only hold 14 vehicles. Only two more could fit on the shoulder near its entrance as everywhere else was far too sloped. I had to park a couple thousand feet away on the first shoulder that was flat and solid. Got there at 10 am on a Saturday and it was royally packed (2 hour drive for me).

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James Cambron reviewed Dickey Knob Trail
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HikingGreat!

The wife and I w/our three doggies thoroughly enjoyed this constant rising grade trail as the other reviews report. It starts at Raccoon Creek Campground which is COVID closed with multiple signs on the locked gate but not sure if that includes hikers. Only room for about 2 cars either side of the gate. Trail on the backside of the park at the wooden bridge. Multiple trails there so use the App map to discern. Great trail clear to the top but no markers and only 1 sign. Intersects a trail near the top coming in on the left, be sure to take the back trail going down. Only two brief views of the values below but beautiful trail at the perfect grade both ways. No insects at all and no snakes in mid-October.

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Kent Jamison reviewed Iron Mountain Trail
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Backpacking

The Iron Mountain Trail does connect to the Appalachian Trail in this segment. The former sees a lot of horse back riders and is graded well.

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Kent Jamison reviewed Iron Mountain Trail
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Backpacking

Not many blazes, which are golden yellow.

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Scott & Renee Elder reviewed Raven Cliff Campground
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Hiking

only hiked to the river. saw a gentleman on a horse. apparently it was bear chase day. tons of hounds chasing bears on and around the trail. So FYI if you see trucks with hunting cages in the back... be aware. other than that, great trail. no cell signal. download map

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Hiking

I enjoyed how the trail had several wide open areas and was not a narrow trail the whole way. Seeing wild ponies and cows/steer was an extra cool bonus too! Definitely a well worth it trail!

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overall very awesome trail, great views, not too hard, plenty of horses/ponies and cows/bulls, lots of fun, would do again for sure. we started our hike about 1:30 we found a good water source about 3 mi in, we camped about 5 mi in and had great views on the ridge, plenty of cool campsites between five and seven miles. woke up tore down and ate breakfast then got on the trail about 9:30. try to fill up on water in the morning and pay attention to the white blazes when you get on the AT, we made those mistakes and took a horse trail and didn't get water till mile 11 or so. there is a field with a bear box and bathrooms around mile 14.7. we kept walking and found a camp site about mile 15, very nice place to pitch a tent and hang a bear bag. woke up tore down and got on the trail by 7. hiked for a few miles uphill and ate breakfast. afterwards we hiked down hill for a few hours and got to the road by 10:20 and got back to our car at 11:15. again cool hike, would do again

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Adam Kennedy reviewed Iron Mountain Trail
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Hiking

Moderate hike ... we looked around and connected with the Appalachian Trail and came back down into Damascus.

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Sheree Kimes reviewed Iron Mountain Trail
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Hiking

This was this was not really a trail on the map. We went up Iron Mountain trail intersected at the Appalachian Trail came back down to Virginia Creeper Trail and walked back up fourth Street to where we could park our vehicle. It was a nice hike today

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Beautiful trail through the highlands. Saw lots of ponies in the beginning. Rained during the last 2 miles and the Fairview trail turned into small a creek. Great hike!

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April Parks reviewed Dickey Knob Trail
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Hiking

Nice little climb up. Not a great view at the top, as it is very forested. However, there’s a section just before the top with a decent view of the valley. Not a difficult hike and if you’re looking for a nice hike in the woods, this is perfect.

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Alexis Meade reviewed Raven Cliff Campground
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Fishing

I have always enjoyed hiking here. Also a good place to fish.

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Bill Sauls reviewed Dickey Knob Trail
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Walking

My friend Terry (Alice Little's husband) and I walked the trail yesterday. First trail that I have done this year. it was mostly a gradual climb with plenty of switchbacks to ease your trip to the top. If you push yourself you will huff and puff until you get the "second wind". It was about 36F when we started, the weather changed and temp dropped to around 30F at the top with 18 mph winds. Wind chill was around 22F. along with snow falling as we worked our way back down. Great Trail to walk.

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Alice Little reviewed Dickey Knob Trail
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we live close by this trail and found it via this App we did not know about it. We loved this hike so much! it has a gentle climb by switchbacks and even though the trail was narrow the path was well worn. the trail drops off on the sides in places so if you bring children you will need to watch them closely. We hiked in winter for good views and there was some snow on the trail. There is a stream as you start out and you will cross it 3 times via 3 foot bridges. be sure when you get to the top to go left at the hiking sign and continue all the way up via a loop to come back down to get the best view. There is a good place on top to sit and have a snack on some old concrete foundations that probably use to hold up an old fire tower.

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