Big Cedar Creek Trail

EASY 28 reviews

Big Cedar Creek Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cleveland, Virginia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.7 miles
442 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


Hike through unique geology and a diverse forest to scenic Big Falls and the Clinch River in southwest Virginia along Big Cedar Creek to Big Falls, the Pinnacle, and the Clinch River. Trail passes through a diverse forest containing a number of rare plants and unique geology, as well as outstanding scenery during any season. Several optional side trails branch off of the main trail, with one of these trails (the Pinnacle View Trail) included in this route to feature all of the preserve's scenic features in one comprehensive hike.

3 months ago

well maintained trail. falls is about 30 minute walk from parking.

3 months ago

peaceful hike and good trail to take kids on.

10 months ago

Good local hike, with several different trails.

11 months ago

Excellent hike for kids or just an easy yet fun trek for anyone. Well manicured public park, would recommend starting about 4pm on a hot day, Shaded trail but the swimming hole is warm and refreshing as it sees sun all day!

11 months ago

Excellent place for easy hike with river, 2 waterfalls and many swimming possibilities. It also start with a swinging bridge. Wildlife and wildflowers are also abundant.

Monday, June 12, 2017

I live locally and frequent this trail often. one of my favorite get aways!

Friday, June 02, 2017

Been there twice and enjoyed both hikes! Beautiful scenery and a nice little workout to boot! Good for beginners and experienced hikers!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Loved this trail. Not very difficult, but still challenging. Good for hiking and taking your dog with you.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Nice swinging bridge.

Friday, September 09, 2016

This is a pleasant easy walk. Nice scenery.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

This is a great family or beginner hike. There is room for several cars at the trailhead. There are pit toilets and a picnic shed about a mile down the trail. The hike itself is easy. A well built swinging bridge must be crossed to access the trail. From there you start out on a service road for the first mile to the picnic area. The trail is alongside Big Cedar Creek, which is a trout stream, and is quite scenic. From the picnic area, you enter a narrower trail that is more typical of traditional hiking trails. The trail is well maintained and well marked. Big Cedar Falls isn't very tall, but it is broad and beautiful. You can walk right down to the bottom and wade if you like. We hiked on to the confluence with the Clinch River. There are a couple of gentle climbs, but overall this hike is easy with good trail conditions.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Relatively easy hike. More strenuous spur options along the trail. The Big Cedar Creek Falls are beautiful. Local 'legend' says that the partially collapsed part in the center was caused by a local and some dynamite. In the summer it's definitely warm enough to get in and swim around (abt 8' at some points)! Just be sure to wear/bring river shoes. Add in the beaver dams, wildlife, and a view of the pinnacle and this was a nice hike. Took about 3 hours (with about 20-30 min. of swimming in the falls).

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