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Best trails in Jefferson National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Jefferson National Forest, Kentucky? AllTrails has 15 great hiking trails, trail running trails, dogs leash trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Jefferson National Forest ranging from 0.6 to 12 miles and from 1,788 to 4,179 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Devils Fork and Devils Bathtub Loop Trail
Jefferson National Forest
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 4 h 2 m
Note: This swimming hole is prone to flash flooding. For this reason, please do not attempt the trail if the water is above your knees. Scenic hike to the Devil's Bathtub, a scoured rock formation wiShow more
#2 - Little Stony Falls Trail
Jefferson National Forest
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 33 m
Please note that part of trail may be temporarily closed due to a bridge out and landslide. Check signs along the trail to see current conditions and temporary trail modifications. This is a beautifuShow more
#3 - Bad Branch Trail
Jefferson National Forest
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 29 m
Bad Branch Trail is a 5.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Eolia, Kentucky that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, aShow more
#4 - Guest River Trail
Jefferson National Forest
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Length: 12 mi • Est. 5 h 30 m
Please note that the restrooms are currently closed due to COVID 19. This trail follows the Guest River through a rugged and remote gorge in the Jefferson National Forest. The trail itself is a multiShow more
#5 - Roaring Branch Trail
Jefferson National Forest
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Length: 8.8 mi • Est. 4 h 32 m
Hike along the eastern end of Virginia's Stone Mountain Trail, including old-growth hemlocks in Roaring Branch Cove. Hike through Roaring Branch Cove, a scenic area of old-growth forest above southweShow more
#6 - Flag Rock Trail
Jefferson National Forest
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
This trail links Legion Park in Norton, Virginia to Flag Rock, a high sandstone outcrop overlooking Norton and the Wise Plateau. Hike traverses a variety of forest types, including a densely-forested,Show more
#7 - Pine Mountain Trail: Highland Section East to West
Jefferson National Forest
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Length: 11.6 mi • Est. 7 h 2 m
Strenuous. Road walk along much of its length. Poorly marked. Occasional very good views. A ridge walk along wooded, forest roads and single track that includes large elevation gains and losses thatShow more
#8 - Chief Benge Scout Trail
Jefferson National Forest
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Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 3 h 23 m
Chief Benge Scout Trail is a 8.4 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Coeburn, Virginia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optionShow more
#9 - High Knob Loop
Jefferson National Forest
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m
High Knob Loop is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Big Stone Gap, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of aShow more
#10 - Towers Overlook Trail
Jefferson National Forest
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 14 m
Towers Overlook Trail is a 0.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Haysi, Virginia that offers scenic views. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used for walkinShow more
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