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Bluebell Island to Sugar Hill Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near St. Paul, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 321 ft Route type Out & Back
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Unique riverside walk through Bluebell Island Preserve to the Sugar Hill Trail System in St. Paul, Virginia Approximately 2-mile hike through both a picturesque floodplain forming a preserve along the Clinch River and idyllic downtown St. Paul, Virginia. This unique trail connects the Bluebell Island Preserve with the Sugar Hill Trail System just outside St. Paul, passing through downtown along the way. This forms one of the only trails that directly follows the Clinch River - one of North America's most biodiverse rivers - along the waterway's entire route. A much longer hike may be produced by piecing together trails at the Sugar Hill Trail system, located at the trail's western terminus. One beautiful, 8-mile out-and-back can be created by hiking this trail to its western terminus and then following the Riverside Trail several additional miles to St. Paul Falls (see linked guide on this map's POI).

Although the trail is well-marked, a short stretch of trail through downtown St. Paul may be confusing due to downtown development. Be sure to follow trail markers, which are posted as black arrows on white diamond signage along the entire route. Also, portions of the trail's eastern end may be periodically flooded due to natural river cycles, particularly in the winter and spring. An alternate high-water trail runs parallel to the main route and can be accessed near the railroad bridge over Lick Creek (eastern end) and directly behind the gate in Matthews Park (western end).

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Charlotte McConnell
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Sky User
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Nothing special and is usually washed out. Sugar Hill Loop is better and just down the road. Still a nice and peaceful walk. A decent amount of trash.

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Faith Olson
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Very pretty and quiet. Just the sounds of the river

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Amanda McKinney
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Nice trail, took dogs-everyone had a good time.

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Faith Mabe
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Ethan Owens
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Lloyd Partin
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Suzanne Herron
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Jared Ring
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