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01-22-19: Hiked Iron Mine trail to Upper and Lower Stuart's Knob trails. I am a novice hiker, and found the trails to be moderate at best. A few inclines, but no scrambling. There were a few trees down, but we've had a lot of ice and wind, and the parks department is excellent at maintaining the trails. The Bull Mountain overlook and the Fairy Stone beach overlook provided scenic views. I'll hike this again.

Did this trail with my Husband in October. The view was incredible. The summit is small and windy but breathtaking. Highly recommend

A little late but we went June 2017.A great hike and really refreshing after getting to the channels on a hot day.

well marked and nicely laid out trails.

15 days ago

Nice out and back trail with only a couple elevation changes, which works for me as I am a beginner. The trail ends at the dam/spillway into Philpott Lake. Nice views of the lake all along the way, and I'd recommend this trail.

Easy trail to hike with some pretty views. All the mining history was cool to look at.

Thus is good for history buffs.

Beautiful! Clearly marked trail.

Well maintained, nice trail

Brp still closed, but the walk there wasn't so bad from the barricaded gate. Nothing crazy hard, if I can do it, anyone can do it! My first ever view of a waterfall, very pretty for a first timer

Such a unique hike! The trail leading to the channels is very straight forward and easy to follow. It is pretty much all uphill there and downhill on the way back. The channels themself feel like something out of a fantasy novel! BE SURE TO REMEMBER WHERE YOU CAME FROM! You can easily get lost down in the channels while exploring the amazing rock formations. I recommend following the lead of Hansel and Gretel and leave a trail of nuts or candy so you know how to find your way out, but be sure to clean up after yourself! You don’t want to end up alone trying to find your way out for almost an hour. If you find yourself in the area and have a few hours check this out!

Very muddy so bring some boots!

Hiked this in December, took the counterclockwise route as suggested. There were 10-12 stream crossings that were very challenging. A few of them can be navigated just staying on dry portions of rock, but most had rocks that were just too far apart to take a step. Solutions include bushwacking off the trail to find a better spot to cross, shimmying across fallen logs, or just take off your shoes and trudging through the ice cold water.

Aside from the initial stream crossings, the hike is not very challenging beyond Devil's Bathtub. There is a sign saying something like "Warning: next 5 miles very strenuous and rugged", but it was a relatively easy walk through the woods compared to the first part of the trail. First 2-3 miles took 3 hours, remaining 5 miles took 2.5 hours.

Overall it was a lot of fun; navigating the stream crossings added an element of challenge and decision-making.

Very nice fall. Came here on the first of January.

Well marked trails

Nice quiet trail. Easy walking. Go only when weather is dry & has been for a while. This trail can get very muddy.

One of the best hikes in SWVA. Go when the leaves are down and you'll get long range views the entire hike.

I love this hike. It is moderate. The views are stunning. The Channels are like a mystical maze. Great for dogs and children if you want to bring them along.

Nice warm winter hike in the mud. A bit slower than a normal hike might be because of all the mud slicks and puddles. Turned around with 0.5-0.7 left to go to end of trail but the 3.5mi we did were nice and easy.

If you don't mind traveling through lots of mud I highly recommend this trail. I will not be hiking this trail again.

The weather was cool and clear. The trail is well maintained and perfect for a short day hike with the family .

Most trails were still soaked with water

Hiked this real quick at sunset after arriving in the area. So beautiful, quick n easy, and there was nobody else on the trail/at the overlook. No Little Stony Man in sight.... views were spectacular though at the summit

Beautiful waterfalls and scenery along hike. Ok view at top.

1 month ago

Good for a short get away in the middle of suburbia. Fairly flat with little notable scenery.

10-18- We did this hike after we finished old rag and stopped at Skyland to get some snacks. It was really nice with a pretty overlook. It took us about 50 minutes. At 3 PM we passed many other hikers. Not too difficult at any section.

awesome hike well worth it!

2 months ago

Moderate hike. Round trip to the falls was about 1h 45m. Had to scramble over some boulders and roots, some of which were slick during our late-November hike. Totally impressive falls though, and well worth braving the cold!

2 months ago

Beautiful water views (bay & pond). A little tricky to find the start of the trail, but the app got me there!

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