Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in George Washington 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.

A little rocky, but overall a great hike for people and pups alike!

15 days ago

Beautiful hike. The first 30 minutes is a bit steep but not too bad. I had my hiking poles which helped. The view from the top by the rocks is Gorgeous, we were fortunate to see the fall colors of the leaves. Make sure you get your photos there because after that there are not too many views. The trail isn’t marked very well once you are on the top of the mountain. The path is pretty easy to follow though. I would recommend using All Trails app just to keep an eye where you are. Will do it again the next time I am in Hot Springs!

If you’re going to climb it’s sweet

off road driving
1 month ago

Took 200% stock 2018 tacoma trd offroad to this trail.
Awesome trail, mix of lots of lose rocks, rock crawling, water crossing and at the end (BRP side) its just nice relaxed, smoother road with nice view. Mostly easy with few tricky spots (big drop with good size rocks etc) where my passenger had to spot me from outside.

I got stuck in deeper water where one of my wheel got completely submerged, but thankfully I got myself out with crawl control. But there was a jeep that also got stuck in water and flooded engine, but there was heavy rain couple days ago. Hopefully this give you some idea of risk.

Good amount of camping sites, couple of them w/ really nice views.

off road driving
1 month ago

Took my Jeep Grand Cherokee with a 4” lift on 33’s out there to the Blue Ridge Trail two weeks ago. The main trail was a blast with some trickier sections on it that can be avoided. Also there’s shorter alternative trails off the main trail that’ll really test your rig, really narrow and rocky too...scratched my paint pretty good (buffed most of them out). Will definitely be going back soon!

Nice loop. If you do the loop counter clockwise you get the water crossing more toward the end of the trail... ...there are a lot of them. The water was deep today so that added to the challenge if getting myself and my dog across. There is a section on gravel road where you can really haul ass down hill. Only one really pretty look out area though ...at least until maybe the leaves start coming down.

Followed GPS to trailhead; found signs to “beach pond” but not mud pond. Very muddy

on Vances Cove

hiking
1 month ago

Is the trail head up someone's driveway? I used this app to go to the trail head and it is a residential driveway ... am I mistaken?

So much fun like ridiculous amounts of fun check out some videos of trail ajsgen1tacoma on the gram Gets Rocky

It was fun !!! Ajsgen1tacoma on the gram check out vids main trail is great for a lifted truck But we found some supplementary trails can really beat up your truck just be careful gets Rocky all in all a great day

hiking
1 month ago

Would be 5 stars if there was a better view. Lightly trafficked, easy to follow trail

off road driving
2 months ago

Definitely fun, bumpy, and challenging! This was a lot tougher than I anticipated however. Some puddles and rock structures seemed very intimidating. About 2-3 puddles actually came all the way up to my half doors. I drive a TJ with a 2.5" lift on 285/75r16's for height reference. (Also I went about a day after harsh rain) I would be very hesitant to bring a bone stock vehicle up this trail. From deep puddles, deep ruts, and some helacious rocks to conquer, this would be quite the impossible task. At the bare minimum you NEED upgraded/stronger tires. This trail will devour stock tires. Also a trail buddy is advised, as always. This trail is very secluded and lightly trafficked so if you get stuck or injured, you're pretty much beat. I was fortunate to never get stuck or hung up, but take the extra precaution... So in summary, *If you're looking for an aggressive challenge and have upgraded your jeep's suspension and tires, this is for you*. (Also beware the GPS, it took me down several private driveways where I had no business being, I drove 1.5 hours to get to this trail)

This is an interesting place. The history behind the "furnace" is kind of fascinating as is how the USFS gradually took over and restored the area. There are a number of trail heads here and there throughout the area. It was overcast with a light rain when we went but the trails were easily passable. We took the Botts Trail (white) which goes down by Passage Creek and it was easy to follow. You could tell from the branches and other debris that at times that creek must get flooded out. Good hike. If you have the chance, stop by and see the suspension bridge, restored buildings and the furnace.

backpacking
2 months ago

Crosses river many times, but a great first backpacking trip.

I did well with my 2004 F150 XLT 4wd. No mods, all stock. Only came out with minor marks from leaves in a few spots. Super fun trail and really pretty! Plenty of obstacles and always a way around larger obstacles for the hard out Jeep guys. I'll be hitting it again for sure.

trail is okay but what's the difference between this and big levels

off road driving
3 months ago

Mostly stock friendly, there's a couple rocky areas and mudholes that are not stock friendly. You will have pin stripes at the end. It's a good 3 hour trip. This was my second time out with HMMWVs. Trail is narrow with brush but no trees are in the way.

hiking
3 months ago

I did not go full length of trail, but the first third is mostly fairly level with only mild grades. My out-of-shape husband did fine. :) Occasional short stretches where trail very rocky but otherwise pretty good footing. Be aware the trail crosses the North River - bring water shoes or prepare to get wet!
Entire trail in the woods, about 1/3 in dense growth (like walking through a tunnel), rest open enough that you can see around you.
A little tricky to find the trail head, and parking is not necessarily at the trail head - we had to walk up the road a bit to get to it.
Trail shared with bikers and horses so stay alert.

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike. We wanted to finish going down hill. If you want to do it this way, follow the driving directions AllTrails gives you. After you park on the right side of the gravel road, you’ll have to walk down the gravel road in the direction you just came (about a quarter mile) and turn right at the white bar or Oak Knob fire road. The sign was overgrown with weeds and we missed it. It’ll be in your left when driving in, or on your right walking down from the upper parking area. The gradual elevation change wasn’t too bad.
The pond is very small and we laughed when we saw it. This is where 3 trails come together. Tricky, but if you’re coming from the upper parking area, take a sharp turn left at the pond, if you start at the oak knob trail head, make a sharp right at the pond. Do not go past the big number “8” on a tree. There are big open fields filled with wild flowers, that are numbered with huge numbers painted on the trees.
No views when the leaves are on.
If you want to start at the upper parking area, just cross the road and walk to the white bar and start your hike. It’s only a .2 walk up hill on the gravel road to your car at the end. We didn’t see any bikes just their footprints. Two dear.

off road driving
3 months ago

I was out with a group of jeepers For my 1st Ever Jeep trail run. This trail is A-blast. It is challenging but not so much to the point That is frustrating. I was the only Jeep Liberty in a group of Wranglers and had no problem running with them.
On a side note though. Beware the water crossings if it's been rainy they can get rather deep... Fun but deep. Happy trails y'all.

This trail would be really awesome... if the majority of it weren't along the road. We supplemented the lack of mapping on this trail with the map at the parking lot (the first one when you enter this section of national forest) - it seemed super clear until we got to the trail that the majority of the route was supposed to follow ended up being the road for about 4 miles. We decided to keep following the track, made it up to the beautiful dam, and decided to take Hanley Mountain Road up to the Ridge trail and follow that back to the parking lot. Hanley Mountain Road is an adventure... I have no idea why you would just go up it and back down it consecutively without any other gain than adding the miles and elevation change?? Skip the retracing and just take the Wild Oak (716) Trail back to the parking lot.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a great hike for families with kids. My family loved playing in the water. Wear shoes with the expectation of getting wet. This is an easy hike in my opinion with very little elevation change.

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice trail! Muddy, long ascent with some very pretty views of the Homestead Resort.

off road driving
4 months ago

the jeep trail was amazing for my first time doing a trail run, lots of fun, and definately stock friendly.

off road driving
5 months ago

Really fun trail, did it for my second time about 2 weeks ago. First time was dry and could go through the whole trail; really fun ride with small puddles and some rocks. Second time was after a lot of rain... most water was easily passable. After rain, most water was up past my bumper. No problems with a 4-inch lift and 33's.
Definitely recommend this trail to first-timers.

Fun to wade through the water as we crossed to follow the trail. A bit buggy with the standing water pools but overall fun and moderate hike with baby in a backpack. We took a nice dip at the end.

off road driving
5 months ago

One of the best trial i’ve tried so far.

off road driving
5 months ago

Did this trail a few years ago, was great. went back last fall. well marked and stil a good place to explore.

hiking
5 months ago

Mountain Laurel was in full bloom on Memorial Day weekend in 2018, surrounding and papering the well groomed trail surface. We clocked the distance for a bit under 9-miles and passed through or over mountain spurs to the peak. There were no other hikers on the Kennedy part of the trail (about 7 miles) on a holiday weekend. The view at the peak was excellent when we were there.

Parking is good and the trail (actually a circuit) is well marked by orange, yellow (or tan?) and brown blazes. There is camping at several locations.

We will definitely do this trail again.

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