Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Jefferson National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Decent little trail with a lot of scenery, with a cave along the way. I wouldn't go hours out of my way for to do this trail. But maybe if in area swing by & check it out.

Beautiful waterfalls throughout the trail. A small portion of the trail has been washed out but is passable if careful. The National Park service has posted signs that the trail is closed from that point onward, as they haven’t been able to repair it. Still definitely worth the trip!

Have walked this trail numerous times since I was a teenager. Very easy & is graveled the entire way. This is actually an old railway that was converted into a trail. Has an old railroad tunnel & trussell that is now a foot bridge. Probably the widest trail I have ever been on. It is great for hiking, biking, & walking the dog. Also has several popular swimming holes along the way. Overall a very nice trail.

I have hiked this trail a number of times over the years. It is beautiful & very scenic. Also has several waterfalls along the trail & has been a popular place to cool off during the summer for years. The most visited falls is also the biggest & offers a good size swimming hole. If you park at the top just outside Coeburn, VA you can reach this falls in about 5 min. The other trail head is at hanging rock between Dungannon, VA & Coeburn, Va this falls will be the last one u come to. Some places are a little steep and can be slick. But over all this is a must do trail.

***WARNING***
***DANGER***

As of 3/3/18 there was a mud slide near the viewing platform of the main falls. The trail has been washed away leaving a 40 foot drop mud slide ledge. If hiking from Hanging Rock viewing upper falls will be very difficult or very dangerous. If hiking from northern trail head you will not be able to make it to base of main falls without a very dangerous shimmy across a 40 foot drop or a strenuous re-route through loose leaf covered boulders and thick mountain laurel. Repair of this section will be very difficult to achieve also.

hiking
7 months ago

it was good hike, best to go early in the morning .Rocky terain. the trail breaks off a few times but that's not necessarily a bad thing. the scenery is great all the way the the falls.

walking
8 months ago

Clear trail, lots of running water to listen to, not ideal for trail running though as it has many slippery points, jagged edges, and roots

great hike with 2 beautiful falls and lots of smaller casades. trail follows the creek the whole way. went in late August and variety of wild mushrooms.

I enjoy this walking trail!

I really enjoyed this trail. I didn't happen to look how far the trail went or where it went to. I just walked about 2 miles in and 2 miles out. I'm not in the best of shape but I found this trail to be comfortable to me. Didn't have to go very far at all to see the beautiful falls!

great shirt hike. Beautiful falls

All I found were Forrest roads. The description says camping but there were very few places you could even use to camp. Nothing to see but a steep wall on one side and a steep drop off on the other. We drove forever and just pulled off onto one of the few places you could actually pull over and set up for the night. Left as soon as we got a break in the rain. Very disappointing after visiting Pisgah National Forrest trails in NC.

Beautiful! Wonderful trail!

One of the gems of JNF.

This was a good hike, but the trail needs some maintenance. Several trees are down, the path is grown up & lots of weeds. There is one section the trail is washed out.

Great little hike. I thank God for my eyes for seeing the beauty and my ears for hearing the musical water rushing down the mountain!!

great views easy walk.

Excellent. Little Stony is gorgeous and awesome trout fishing! 10/10. Plenty of water to be filtered out. Water will need to be crossed.

hiking
Wednesday, May 03, 2017

wonderful trail couple wash outs not bad. we will be back. recommend to anyone.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Loved this trail. It's an easy trail with beautiful waterfalls!

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Nice easy trail !!!

Friday, April 07, 2017

This is a great trail! My kids enjoy it and the scenery is beautiful... waterfalls all around!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

loved this hike... three waterfalls in one.

hiking
Friday, March 24, 2017

This was a great hike. Challenging enough for myself as a new hiker but also worked my 13 year old. Beautiful scenery along the way.

hiking
Friday, March 10, 2017

Absolutely beautiful trail and a warm sunny day to boot.. Definitely will trek this again to view all the waterfalls.. I, also spotted a snake basking on the rocks and was able to take his picture.. Very thankful for good waterproof hiking/backpacking boots due to previous rainfall and a few small mud slides..

hiking
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Great hike. You follow the river the entire way and it's beautiful the whole time. Some areas of the trail are washed out but easily passable. Yellow blazes mark your way.
The falls are impressive and you're able to get close. I would love to come back in the summer. There are plenty of good swimming holes.

hiking
Sunday, February 05, 2017

Short trail but the views are fabulous! It's an easy hike that any skill level & most abilities can do. Beautiful year round. Gives an excellent view of the deepest gorge east of the Mississippi known as "the Grand Canyon of the south".

trail running
Tuesday, January 03, 2017

This was my first time on this trail. I loved every minute of it. Beautiful trail as it winds with the river below. The tunnel is very cool to go through. It is easy running and I can't wait to go back.

hiking
Sunday, December 04, 2016

Five stars for the view! It's a short trail but an awesome first view of the Breaks!

backpacking
Monday, November 28, 2016

Really great hike.

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