Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

Great trail for all skill levels.

Trail was extremely rocky, harsh on the ankles. Also it seems to be more of a dirt biking trail now. Not much fun to hike, will stick to the AT in this area.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a difficult hike, especially if the trail is wet as portions are very narrow with loose rock.

hiking
1 month ago

I started from the campground and walked up on top of Little Walker Mountain and along the ridge before descending back down towards the creek and trailhead on 717. There were a couple of medium sized wild game birds that took of flying. After taking a break at the picnic area I decided it would be more interesting to follow East Stony Fork back to the campground rather than either walking back the trail or following 717 back. The walk down through and along the stream was challenging at times, but it is definitely worth it if you are not in a hurry because that was the most scenic portion of the whole day. There are a couple of small water falls to look at and other stone outcroppings that stand out next to the stream. Plus, the sound of the rushing water is very soothing. Some parts of that portion are open and easy while others have a lot of brush, fallen timber and rhododendron thickets. I’d definitely do the trail again and would like to try trout fishing along East Fork.

Poverty creek is one trail in the poverty creek trail system, I took horse nettle to Jacobs ladder to may apple to poverty creek. It’s a moderately difficult ~7 mile loop when done in this direction. This takes you to the top of brush mountain where there is a cell tower and a view limited by trees.

If you want a challenge, I would take my route backwards. Horse nettle is a moderate incline to the top of brush mountain while taking Jacobs ladder up has several high steps over roots, a difficult incline, and it ends in a switchback. There are some stream crossings so be prepared to get your feet wet. Overall a nice hike, but don’t expect any great views.

As one reviewer said, the poverty creek trail is a one way 7.1 mile trail, ending up being 14.2 if you go down and back. The route listed as the trail is actually a loop utilizing horse nettle, snake root, poverty creek south, skullcap, prickly pear, royale, and finally poverty creek north. You must follow these trails to hit the 10 miles listed.

hiking
2 months ago

Started in the morning about 10 was to the top by 12 was able to make lunch where the old firepower was the snow made it absolutely beautiful great beginner hike highly recommend it

mountain biking
2 months ago

Fun basic bike trail. Nothing to hard but defiantly not boring.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Fun basic bike trail. Nothing to hard but defiantly not boring.

hiking
5 months ago

Good views from a few places during summer. Old fire tower foundation on top is a great place for a break and/or lunch.

Did this trail a few years back. Tracked 19 miles from Big Walker Tower to Crawfish Parking Area. This trail was once the A.T.

hiking
5 months ago

This trail can be muddy and overgrown in the summer months. Trail follows a seasonal creek and sometimes becomes the creek. There are also a few creek crossings that you will encouter. You can connect this trail with the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail and Henley Hollow Trail to get a 11-12 mile loop

Great trail, the view at the top is beautiful. Easy hike or trail run. Wonderful afternoon in the woods.

It was so much fun!

hiking
7 months ago

Nice little hike, fairly gradual the whole way up. There isn't much of a view at the very top, but a few hundred yards before you reach the top there's an opening with a good view of the valley, all they need is a bench there and it would be a perfect spot to stop and take in the view! The trailhead is kind of tucked behind site #6 in Raccoon Branch campground, just keep right at the first few forks and you'll hit the trail no problem.

This is a great biking/walking jogging trial. Take a trolly to the top of the mountain and ejoy the views as you cruise 17 miles downhill. Great stopping point at the middle grab a bite to eat and a break then back to finish the other half light incline but nothing too bad. The trail is mainly gravel or pressed dirt can be dusty and a bit rocky at times but a great ride.

camping
7 months ago

Very close to home and have made frequent camping, fishing, and hiking trips. Beautiful area!

7 months ago

Easy trail with few views, but good for a nice walk.

I would consider this easy not moderate. Beautiful view along the river several nice places to stop for a lunch. Good hike for kids and pets.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Rode the intermediate/yellow trail. Trails clearly marked but needed some TLC for the fallen trees and overgrown vegetation in some areas. Lots of roots but it was a fun ride. Didn't have time to check out rest of park but will definitely be back to do that.

hiking
9 months ago

I started at Stony Fork campground and this hike off the recommendation of a lady at the visitor center on I-77. I should have specified I would like a hike with a view. As far as a tough hike this was definitely a good way to go. I'm sure the views would have been great if not for all the trees. I should have read other reviews or I may not have done this hike just because of the 3 mile walk back on the road.

Whitetop to Damascus is easy and beautiful. Bring bike tools just in case, I learned the hard way : )

backpacking
10 months ago

Completed the Crawfish and Channel Rock Loop in the early summer as a 3 day, 2 night trip with a couple of friends. The trailhead is at the end of Strawberry road in a huge cul-de-sac. The first 2 miles is an overgrown road. Loads of turtles laying eggs, a ring-necked snake, and a couple timber rattlesnakes. There were turkey, deer, and evidence of beaver and bears. If you're looking to camp there are two spots, both near the AT. The first is a quarter mile from the AT and the other is at the AT-CCR intersection. Water isn't an issue. The hike from the AT north to the AT south intersection is a beast. On the plus side we got to eat huckleberries and blackberries. The route at: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/crawfish-valley-channel-rock-trail--2 is a better option than this one for the CCR loop. If you're looking to stretch this into an overnight I recommend using the same campsite and finishing the loop.

If you're interested you can read about my trip at: http://y2kemo.com/2017/07/backpacking-crawfish-channel-rock-loop-turtles-and-butt-sweat/

walking
10 months ago

Great trail for a day hike. Magnificent view of Sugar Grove, VA.

Dogs are allowed on leash. But Didn't see much interesting stuff.

Did the shuttle to Whitetop and rode downhill back to Damascus. Thought I would lose my teeth it was so bumpy. Fast too. Definitely more brakes than pedaling. Couple days later did Damascus to Abingdon and enjoyed that section much more. Required more work of course but it was a great ride. More varied and actually could look around at the scenery without worrying about bouncing off my bike at full speed.

Awesome!! Hope to ride again!!

To bike this trail in the fall is pure magic. There is no other way to describe it. A gentle coasting ride through a forest of amazing fall foliage while crossing surreal old bridges and streams.

Whether you are hiking, running, or biking, this trail offers serenity.

awesome trail! i love all the scenery changes and the abingdon winery was a great stopping point in the middle

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