Explore the most popular birding trails in Staunton State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

First 3 miles or so was ok view but after that was spectacular. Enjoyed it a lot. Easy trails, rather say "easy" than "moderate". No spots were icy. Enjoy! x

hiking
4 days ago

Love this trail! Beautiful winter hike! Spikes are good to have for sure.

Hiked this trail on 11/17/18 to Elk Falls. The trail is broad and extremely easy to follow, and I would rate this is more of an easy rather than moderate hike. Saw several elk about a mile in, both hiking out and back. It’s mostly open/not heavily forested, and part of the trail follows along the service road for the park. The SR trail was largely bereft of snow; however, the BE and CR trails were covered, although not heavily. Had microspikes, but didn’t use them. The only somewhat challenging part was descending down to see the falls, and trekking poles would be nice for that, as well as for parts of the service road that are covered in snow.

Hike on 11/4. Great trail with beautiful vistas, meadows and rock outcroppings! There is some snow and ice on the north-facing sides and spikes were very helpful. It was worth the effort to do the side trail leading up to the lookouts. Only a handful of people on the upper trails. Just over three hours for an 8.2 mile loop.

I hiked Mason Creek to Bear Paw but then took Old Mill to Staunton Ranch for 8.5 miles. Nice terrain and not too crowded on a Sunday in November with below-freezing temperatures. Bear Paw is completely snow-covered: you should bring poles or traction devices. I just used poles and was fine. The two overlooks had lovely views and if it hadn't been so cold, would have been a good spot to sit for a while. I also only saw 4 dogs off-leash and only saw one poop bag on the side of the trail, which seems pretty good considering the popularity of this park.

Went to Elk Falls. Rapped down Elk Falls. Repeated several times.

10/10.

Amazing views. Most of it is very easy trail (short of the last .4 miles to get down to the waterfall)

hiking
2 months ago

Breathtaking scenery along the way and at the end. Took me 5 hours with 2 twenty minute stops to enjoy the views. At Elk Pond you can take either Elk Falls Trail or Elk Falls Overview. Both are 1.1 miles from the pond. Elk Falls Trails leads you to the fall itself while Elk Falls Overview takes you to an overview that lets you see the Falls but also the entirety of Staunton State Park in all of its glory. The Overview Trail also passes through many Aspens which were stunning. Enjoy folks!

Did the 10.8 mile RT to Elk Falls. Beautiful hike. Bonus, there are port-a-potties along the trail and they DONT stink!!!

This was my second trip out to Staunton. I had been planning and building up to do the long 11+ mile hike to the waterfall all summer. This again was a spectacular start to finish hike. The fall colors are starting to peak on the aspens.

The cliff faces are the stars of this hike and it seems every new bend and corner either offers a new view of the Staunton cliffs or the mountains in the distance. The overlook before the pond is spectacular with amazing views of lions head and the mane which is full of red and yellow aspens.

Fellow hikers and park staff are always polite and helpful. I’ve never had a bad encounter in this park. I plan on doing one more blowout hike there before the leaves are gone.

5 stars / Highest possible recommendation

walking
2 months ago

I wanted a medium length trail to hike at Staunton to kill time but unfortunately for me, basically all of them are pretty lengthy. I’ll just have to go back! This loop was prettier than I expected especially after passing the ponds. It was nice to get up and moving for a bit if you’re looking for something short & easy.

hiking
3 months ago

Had to make this hike a quick one because the sun was going down. Finished in 2.5 hours with short stops at Catamount Overlook, Pikes Peak Overlook, and Eagle Cliffs. I’d say this is probably a 3-4 your hike if you’re moving at an average walking pace. Solid views and nice trails throughout. A little rocky or slippery in some spots so watch your footing. There were a few rock climbing spots that seemed to be just off the trail toward the beginning.

hiking
3 months ago

We have hiked at Staunton many times, but this was our first time going to Elk Falls. The trail was amazing. It is a little steep going down to the base of the falls, but totally worth it. The beginning of the trail was a bit crowded, but once you got to the BE trail we only saw a few groups of people. The pond has some brook trout and my husband wished he would have brought his fly pole. We will definitely do this trail again!

Great hike! Would highly recommended

hiking
3 months ago

I love close by to Staunton which makes this the perfect loop to take my dog too when looking for a quick hike! I would rate it on the easy side! Quickest trail at beautiful Staunton!

A very nice day. Unfortunately there were many large groups of mountain bikers, all mostly very courteous but one group who actually said we hikers should step off the trail for them. Moving to the side wasn’t good enough. I wish these kids didn’t get so many trophies along the way. Many parts of the trail become narrow and easy to slide off when dodging bikes. Especially when you can’t hear them until they slide behind you screaming LEFT. By the way bikers, hikers have the right of way in such (seldom) situations. IMBA offers great guidelines to share the trail. Other than that it was worth the time out.

hiking
3 months ago

I brought my golden retriever and had a fantastic time. A gorgeous setting lots of little animals here and there. The ponds were more man made than I thought they’d be. But it was a nice place to sit and watch the water for a few. I’m not sure how stroller friendly it was but people were making it work.

hiking
3 months ago

I did the Davis Pond Trail and added a couple side trials to make it around 4 miles. It’s a fun little trail, not drastically difficult if you’ve hiked harder trails, and the mountains act as a nice backdrop.

Seven dollars to park. Well kept. Very peaceful. I saw one person leaving as I was entering, and a couple people as I was leaving. Very quiet. Very peaceful.

on Davis Ponds Trail

hiking
3 months ago

This was more of a stroll than a hike. Still, the scenery was relaxing and the ponds were pleasant. The interpretive signs along the way would make for a great educational enrichment opportunity with youngsters and nature lovers. I would highly recommend this trail to moms who want to break-in their kids' hiking shoes/boots and begin nurturing a love of the outdoors.

This was such a beautiful hike! The park rangers were all so friendly and very helpful especially at the beginning when you get to the trailhead. You get a map of the park when you pull in and pay $7 for a day pass. We took the SR trail to the BE trail then went up the LB trail to get to the overlook of Elk Falls, that view alone is incredible!! Then we came back down LB to the CR trail, kind of a difficult switchback but the view of Chimney Rock is stunning! Halfway down the CR you can walk down to Elk Falls. That trail is difficult but once you get to the Falls, every step is worth it! We were super ambitious yesterday (8/11/18) so when we came back up from the falls we continued on CR then got onto the MP trail until we got to the SL trail (a little difficult towards the end of this 1.5 mile trail) then got back onto SR to get to our car. We covered about half of the state park & can’t wait to go back and explore the other half!

hiking
4 months ago

Trail is clearly marked and easy to follow. Nice trot for the family.

on Davis Ponds Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice easy hike.

Hiked this trail two days ago and had to take about a 2 mile detour due to trail closures. Still a good hike with decent views and not too many people.

hiking
4 months ago

Took the dogs for a late early morning hike the views were beautiful only encountered a few other hikers parking lot was rather empty for a weekday would do again and go further next time beautiful.

Nice trail. Popular area so get there early if you want to avoid crowds.

Extended this hike to about 9 miles. Went SR>SL>MP>BE>SR. The beginning of Scoutline is all up and hiker only. I only passed 3 other hikers while I was on the Scoutline portion of the trail - it was almost eerie since I was hiking alone. But also peaceful.

Did this hike back in March, when the waterfall was still frozen which was awesome! Was between 12-13 miles round-trip be we took the Service Road/Bugling Elk trails to the Falls and then the Marmot Passage/Scout Like trail back to the trailhead. Absolutely beautiful views on the way back! Highly recommend this hike, and don't let the distance stop you from doing this hike it really is moderate. Also, take the map it was very useful!

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