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.

Not really a hiking trail, more paths for walking than to hike. Not maintained at all, just a short loop by a lake.

Just biked from White Top, down to Damascus, was very new to biking a trail. I had a super fun day of biking, Our trail was about 17 miles downhill, the views were beautiful and the rental place we used was phenomenal, awesome trek, would do it again!

A nice trail to ride horses on.
I recommend riding during Winter months and on weekdays, because of the heavy traffic of bikes.

1 month ago

Great hike! We did a mix of all trail colors. The river front trail, light blue, has larger rocks which weren't great to walk over but we made it over them-- and for a short amount of time, thank goodness. Will come back!

relaxing trail run

I’ve biked this beautiful trail many times, some going up from Damascus to White Top and back, but most just down after taking the shuttle up. When taking visitors to this region, most say it’s the highlight of their visit. Even on the hottest summer day, at altitude, you’ll encounter a comfortable shaded cooler trek down, so bring a windbreaker. Lots of photo opportunities on the rocky stream. Enjoy!!

hiking
2 months ago

nice easy walk through the woods. no real views during the summer months...probably much nicer in the fall when some of the under story vegetation had defoliated.

Great place to get away! Can’t wait for all the changes they have planned to go into effect

We biked Damascus up to White Top. Took us about 3 hours. The last 3 miles kicked our butts but felt so good to get to the top. We started at mile marker 17 and ended at 33 I believe. The ride down to was a crazy!!!!! Fun but crazy. We were down in about 1 hour. The bridges and views are awesome. The next day we started at trail head in Abingdon and went to Damascus and back. Again the bridges and views were amazing. So in about 31 hours we did about 65 miles. This is an awesome experience. Pack plenty of water and healthy snacks. Not much along the way to get those essentials.

This one is a nice close to home spot for me. I went on a weather perfect Sunday afternoon and there was no one else on the trail and just a few people fishing/kayaking. The trail is obviously not much traveled, somewhat overgrown. Overall a fairly easy hike. We took the gravel road to return to our car rather than retrace the trail again. The whole hike was quiet and lovely, but not much view of the lake during the summer.

When I did Whitetopto Damascus I thought I was in biking heaven then I found the open glades and varied terrain of the leg from Abingdon to Damascus. Much more open and still follows rushing waters and trestles galore. Dont miss scenic trestle 7 and the long ride over trestle 12. Wide open spaces , Rock walled forest trails and dense forest trails to hide from the sun a perfect mix. If you're planning your stay investigate rooms along the trail maybe even bikepack it. Have fun don't miss this one.

love this trail. plan a stop at Alvaro for some desserts!!

3 months ago

Nice trail. Not a lot of great views but very nice out/back - up/down trail.

Not too strenuous and only saw 2 other people in the trail on a Saturday afternoon in June. Will likely do it again just for the peacefulness

mountain biking
3 months ago

Nice trail for hiking, running, and mountain biking. I rode part of this trail with my Mountain bike. Decent trail for a new rider though there are some rocky spots. The map listed on here combines some other trails instead of just the Poverty Creek Trail. I plan to ride the whole route in the future.

Rented a bike and rode 17 miles of the trail downhill to Damascus from White Top. Not a bad way to spend a few hours on a Saturday afternoon. Great family outing if you have younger kids. Scenic views along the river were amazing in places.

mountain biking
4 months ago

I’m completely new to mountain biking. Since we were camping 10 minutes away from here, and this was only going to be my second run, I figured I’d give it a shot. Kind of boring, definitely more for hiking. When I asked the people at the pay station about the trails and MTB’ing....even they seemed to think this location was definitely not meant for mountain biking.

mountain biking
4 months ago

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
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months 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.

hiking
6 months ago

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
6 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
6 months ago

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

mountain biking
7 months ago

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

hiking
10 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.

hiking
10 months ago

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.

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