Explore the most popular nature trips trails in George Washington National Forest - Lee District with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Overnighted at David Lesser shelter. Great spring at the bottom of the hill. Perfect hiking weather but trail is pretty swampy in areas. Faster hike out when the trail was frozen.

Followed the GPS directions and found a grown-over parking area but no trailhead. Bummer.

The listed distance disagrees with Trailheadfinder.com and Google maps. Lesser Shelter is about 3 miles from this trailhead. The 5.9 mile distance listed likely refers to Blackburn Trail Center Shelter terminus.

on Eagle Rock

hiking
1 month ago

Eagle Rock trail has a great view. If you continue to follow the blue blazed trail it'll continue for many miles. The trail becomes a continuous, sparse rock field. It gets tough, the footing is unstable under years of pine needles, Tree leaves hide rocks ... I wouldn't go passed the Eagle Rock vista again because the trail gets boring.

No water sources!

Good trail. Well established and easy to follow. I'd call it easy/moderate. Much of this trail is in the trees. Note that many sections serve as the water runoff for rain water. I hiked it after it had been raining for a day and parts were rather flooded. I can't wait to go back for an overnight at the shelter/campground.

Easy to find trail head near Bryce Resort and plenty of parking. First half is wooded and crosses a stream. Second half is steep and loose rock. No real view at the summit (we even continued along the ridge line for a spell), but the gas line clearing provided some nice vista on the way up and down. FYI, the teens made it to the top, but the dog and seniors turned back.

trail running
4 months ago

Overall despite the rocky trail after past a half mile in, the view at about 1.75m was quite amazing and worth the challenge to get there. There was no real sign saying when the turnaround was so I kept up Trail and then I noticed the markers changing from purple to red orange. I wasn’t sure how much my GPS was off so for good measure I stayed on and was super happy to find another great view about 4.8m in. I had no idea where this would end so to be safe I turned around. On way back, I saw others and warned them of the rocky NOT EASY trail especially since 2 were older adults with their children and their teen grandchildren along with a dog already gasping for air. Nice challenge with a great view to reward you and another if you continue on unknown trail connection. For runners out there it’s an ankle roll potentially leading to fall nightmare. I only had a 15:51 moving pace unless that 1.75m view was the end or actually 2.45m since we know GPS accuracy can be questionable on trails etc. To new adventures!
Tim Greenville NC

hiking
4 months ago

This trail was great, although I wouldn’t rate it as easy. I took my 10 and 6 year old, and they got through the whole thing, but I would say they are more experienced hikers than their peers. It does get pretty rocky about half way up.

Gorgeous hike with lots of shade and stream crossings...wouldn’t consider it easy maybe more moderate especially toward the end. All in all a nice clear your mind kind of hike

hiking
5 months ago

I wouldn’t rate this trail as easy. It gets pretty rocky half way in and you have to step lightly. I wouldn’t recommend taking kids either. The water crossings would be nice for them but that’s about it. I’d hike it again because it was peaceful and clears your head, but it’s not an “easy” trail.

Very nice, leisurely 6.3 mile hike along the Virginia and West Virginia line. Be careful crossing Charles Town Pike from the parking lot, it's a bit dicey with hills and curves in either direction. It's about 2.9 miles south to the beautiful David Lesser Memorial shelter (complete with covered picnic table and wooden swing). Very moderate elevation gain. We went on what turned out to be a soggy day; just a few day trippers and one AT thru hiker.

hiking
6 months ago

Pros: Well marked with purple blazes. Not crowded. I saw one other person with two dogs. Beautiful views of both VA and WV. Trail has a little bit of everything with 3 stream crossings with small waterfalls. Easy enough to jump rocks over. Although more rain would make it more difficult I expect. Big rocks to climb on towards the top for overlook pictures.

Cons: I would probably rate this trail as moderate due to the length and steepness. It’s a long way up going in and a long way down on the way back. The trail also gets very rocky towards the top so coming back I had to be very careful so I wouldn’t slide on all the loose rocks. Wear appropriate shoes because I expect your toes would be all bunched up at the front of your shoes on the way down. I had on hiking boots so I was okay. Also some of the purple blazes were hard to see towards the top as they were on worn rocks. The trail is very obvious though so it wasn’t a big deal.

All in all this was a great Sunday hike with my dog. We took advantage of the solitude and did a lot of exploring because this was a new trail for us. Will definitely go again.

hiking
7 months ago

Did Little Sluice as a 13 mile circuit and overnight trip several years ago. Camped on the summit on a near freezing January weekend but the sunrise and sunset were fantastic. The views were probably better due to the trees being bare at that time of year. Definitely check out the rock scramble.

I’d give this a 3.5. Very accessible, not strenuous, with nice views at the end.

Great 6 mile out and back hike with an awesome stop halfway at David Lesser Shelter. The shelter has a 3 sided cabin, a shelter, an outhouse, 6 tent sites and a fresh water spring. Will definitely hike this again and stay at the shelter longer next time.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Trail was great and well marked but was definitely not an easy trail. We brought the dogs and they seemed to enjoy it, but I would classify it as a moderate.

Monday, July 31, 2017

should be moderate and not easy. steep climb in several areas, but gasline view was awesome. also crossed 3 small streams

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Great for pets.

hiking
Sunday, September 06, 2015

Nice steady incline, over a thousand foot elevation gain in two miles, up Little Sluice Mountain. Spur trail off of Little Sluice Mountain trail not blazed and no marker present, so take unmarked trail on left at about 2 mile mark to reach summit. Short, but somewhat technical scramble up rocks to get up on top of "Little Schloss". The rocks are the attraction; actual peak is covered in trees, so going past rock outcrops is pointless. Great view of Big Schloss, to the west, and main valley of the Shenandoah and Edinburg to the east. I took my dog, and thinking he could not make it up the boulders and scree, I tied him to tree at bottom. After whining when I got out of site he pulled his collar off and was on top in seconds. I was very impressed as I don't think that most dogs would either attempt or be able to do this. Map at trail head does not show spur trail and is not very accurate, so best to have a map or app if doing it for the first time.

hiking
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Have hiked Big Schloss in Fall, Spring and Summer. Great trail starting from the Wolf Gap camp ground on the ridge between Virginia and West Virginia. Fantastic, panoramic views both during the hike and also from the stunning rocks at the top. Very unique. Takes us usually 3 hours round trip - including time to sit and enjoy the view at the top.

hiking
Monday, April 07, 2014

Great hike. We did the complete High Road-Little Schloss-Big Schloss circuit. First 1.5 miles up is STRAIGHT up (no switchbacks) and tough. Great reward at the top. Great camping sites and lots of water.

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