nature trips





dog friendly

Completed this one yesterday, with my almost 3 year old. Its a beautiful hike. I'd suggest starting at millrace trail and start the hike clock wise. My toddler did great on the switchbacks and we prefer to do the hard part first, so we didnt mind the ATV trail at the end. Looks like someone made it just to complete the loop and take care of the trail/shelter. The shelter is amazing and you can tell vehicular access is needed. You have to cross brush creek and there are a few trees down (easy to go around), but weve literally had record breaking rains/winds in this are recently so I'm sure the trees will be cleared soon. We saw NO trash. This trail is being kept very nice!!! it is beautiful!!!! Can't wait to go back.

Definitely NOT easy. The first mile is straight uphill. It is also about 2 miles to the ridge and back (out-and-back is about 4 miles). I took my very fit 71 year old aunt on the trail because of the easy rating and she was out of breath needing frequent breaks on the way up. The view from the top even with power lines was worth the trip though.

trail running
1 month ago

Arrived at the trailhead at 9:30 for what was to be a 6.3 mile loop. We elected to begin the trail on the foot path as opposed to walking the ATV trail through the gate. Climbed 1.7 miles up the side of the mountain and began running, when possible- going counter clockwise at the T. To this point it was a typical East Coast hardwood forest rocky trail with spring just emerging. Spectacular really. One detractor on the ascent was the sound rifle fire from the local firing range sleepy Creek. Had hunted here before many years ago and kind of forgot about that location. Not a sound I would like to get used to hiking but we were out of ear shot eventually. There was some sign of Horse traffic and even bear poop. Once up on the ridge there were areas that were just perfect for trail running. Rock outcrops, great vistas and simply lovely to run. I made the mistake of geeking out on really large rock formation which happened to be right after the turn we should’ve made to head back down the truck. A major oops. Ended up doing 13.86 miles. Thankfully we are prepping for long trail run, the West Virginia trilogy out in Dolly sods area, so we were well stocked with hydration and snacks. Bottom line, this is a great hike, but you purists might not enjoy the ATV trails. It’s not The At. If there are any botanists out there, maybe you can explain the species devils Walkingstick that I found at the aforementioned rock outcrop. Species I’ve seen down on Maryland Eastern shore and I thought it was a wetland species. Thanks to all the rest of you who have shared this post and remember don’t miss your right turn (doing the loop counter clockwise) unless
you got a lot of snacks and a lot of H2O. Enjoy the trail and happy Spring.

3 months ago

Hiked this March 4 2018. We did it counterclockwise. The first half of this hike was not enjoyable due to the ATV/truck damage to the trail - deep muddy ruts - and trash everywhere (McDonalds containers, plastic oil containers, beer cans etc). Won't bother going back - lots of other places to hike!

5 months ago

Trail was ok, nothing fancy about it. There a couple spots at the very top that had a decent view but during the hike it was pretty average. I’ve been hiking a lot during the winter months and don’t see many people, but this trail doesn’t look like it’s a highly used one which is good as well.
Had to refer to the map a few times to pick up the trail but it was marked decent most of the way.

trail running
9 months ago

Fine for a little exercise (trail running). Great place to be if you're just looking for some solitude in the woods. Not the place to go if you're looking for big payoffs and epic views. Worth checking out for the solitude.

9 months ago

No overlook, trail markers changes color, twice.

one of the most challenging hikes we've done in a while....very ...and i mean very secluded...to the point where you have no idea whether you are actually on a trail...or just bushwacking randomly through the forest..of course we also choose to turn off the trail as suggested here and set out to explore the Long ridge trail that is on the opposite side of the lake (no trail marks and animal trails for a guide) However, we would definetly come back to explore more.

10 months ago

We started off behind the gate and I think next time I would start off on the yellow blazed trail to the left of the gate. The round trip hike took us 4 hours exactly with a short 15-20 minute snack break. You can't really see the mountain views while on the trails except for a couple of spots. There are a couple of spots where we weren't sure which way to go and had to consult the map. All in all it was a nice hike.

Up hill at first not marked good.Top is a beautiful view.off the trail a bit,is a bathroom and shelter.and off a bit again is a covered spring n ground.

Nice trail if you are just looking for a few miles to do or want to be alone in the woods. Not the most scenic hike but a few nice overlooks. If you follow directions from this app once it says you have arrived via gps there's a small dirt road on the right take that down to the parking lot and the trail starts either to the left at millrace trail or behind the red gate on the road.

were starting moundboulder loop and end at spruce pine hollow park 10 or ore miles.Beautiful view on way past Eagles nest.Stop on the big rocks and take note view,Before heading on up blue trail towards pine hollow,park a car at Boulder loop and another at spruce pine,Nice view of water and mountains.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

This is a good trail but not to be hiked till fall, the ticks are terrible here. Had over 50 on me and the dog!!!! The entrance is to the left of the red gate sign posted on a tree. Have your phone charged and use the GPS as the trail is not clearly marked.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

easy.top of hill make left will take u up 2 powerline.nice view.keep going till end of trails will see trail marker third mountain,there is a stone Rd not sure where 2 .that is 9 mile or less roundtrip,we went the other way also another day.to find coal.we did and we hiked to sleepy Creek lake.nice 2 do on hot day.and go swimming.that hike was bout 9 or less.u can do in few hrs.some inclines.but nothing bard.

Did that with a friend and seen the lake..very nice hike..U can park at the end of maverick road,or at the end of audobon road off of mountain lake road..places to access parking.A very nice forest to go thru..and nice water creek..and there is a bridge and go on up..to switchbacks..best to leave a car at spruce pine hollow..and the other at mountainboulder loop...another access is that..nice hike..and lots of water..

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Very easy

Monday, May 01, 2017

There is a lot to write about. First, I had gps on my phone to ensure we were walking the path right. Since there is no map and this is private property, it was a safety measure on our end. The address goes to 706 Packhorse.. it's on a dirt road behind a few houses. it rained the night before and a little in the morning so be careful. I have a Chevy Cobalt and was able to steer around the muddy potholes. I parked right next to the red gate. The trail starts kind of behind the house... it has a yellow blaze and says will/millhouse trail (can't remember exactly). We went clockwise on the trail because of the longevity and trust me.... you're better off doing it that way.
Basically, you follow that trail... it's pretty defined by the blazes and the path. You'll get to a stream and have to cross it....Make sure you have waterproof boots...we crossed it no problem because we have goretex boots. The path is pretty tough as there are short switch backs meaning the incline was intense.
You'll reach the end of that trail and will need to go right. The blazes will be blue. Once you reach the top, the rest of the hike is easy. You'll have some nice views, going through a nice path of flowers, etc. It was nice and peaceful and we didn't run into anyone at all. You go down pretty steep... just look at the trail and the elevation information, that helped a lot.
We had 3 Liters of water which was fine. I loved it so thank you to whoever made it!

i live rit on the out skirts it a realy good spot alot more trails than listed here il

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pretty good hike. Had a hard time finding the starting point, but a beautiful Forrest setting.

A lot of uphill walking. Pretty and quiet trail! I suggest doing it with a partner.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Newbies beware the first part of the trail is all uphill. We hung a left at the top where it leveled off and it was an easier hike. Enjoy the quiet and fresh air!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Great workout, better vistas

Saturday, February 18, 2017

It was a fun and challenging hike for our family of 7, ages 6-teenage. They had fun climbing on the various rock formations and there was a pretty stream and many overlooks on both sides of the ridge along the way. So nice that it wasn't crowded and super close to Winchester. Only saw a few other hikers the entire time. Took us about 3.5 hours with lots of stops to explore.

Friday, December 30, 2016

close access to sleepy creek wildlife management area with wilderness camping on lake

Monday, November 07, 2016

it was pretty through there when we did the Tuscarora Trail caught fish in there and one heck of a storm come through on us during the night

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Blue trail lookout was amazing

This is a beautiful WMA with Myers spring to supply your water demands. The water Ph is a little on the acid side but will satisfy your needs.

1 month ago

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