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Cabin Creek Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Troutdale, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.0 mi Elevation gain 413 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

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Cassie Nicole
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HikingMuddy

Average trail. The waterfalls were just average. Nothing spectacular. Trail was muddy in spots.

Austin Odum
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HikingMuddyRocky

The loop was a fun and easy trail to hike. There was an opportunity to climb up the mountain to see additional waterfalls. I would not recommend taking children up the mountain. Overall, I would do it again.

Jake Thornton
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Hiking

From the gate at Massie Gap take a left down the gravel horse trail until you reach the trail head on your right. Follow the orange markings the entire time on the trail. The trail will split quickly into your hike. Stay straight. When you hear the river you will see a path to your left off of the trail. It is steep but offers great views of small falls. There are small falls all the way along the trail. It will get steep and muddy as you continue up the trail. Keep going until you see a sign for the falls overlook and massie gap. You can climb up the mountain for the falls overlook but it’s nothing special. If you follow the trail pointing towards massie gap it follows the ridge and is a flat loop back to your starting point. Nice trail. Nice falls. Shaded hike most of the way. Pretty mountain laurel right now

Tammy Miller
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HikingFee

Excellent hike. I wasn't expecting multiple waterfalls - wonderful surprise! The hike is easy. Like other reviewers, I went left and was happy with my decision. I didn't get my feet wet crossing the multiple branches, I suppose it just depends on the current water level. I had this trail to myself today but if you go on a busy day you should be able to find a nice spot, there are so many. The hike out is a nice pine woods hike. There is an extra waterfall overlook trail that is poorly marked and it just allows for exploration/boulder hopping/climbing not really an "overlook" but does lead you to a couple more waterfalls. When I hiked back to the trail head I headed up Rhododendron Trail to see the wild ponies. Awesome day! Don't forget to bring your $7 to park.

Joseph F.
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HikingMuddy
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Dalton rose
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Hiking

you have to cross abunch of creeks. TONS of waterfalls along thecway! absolute great hike!

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Trish Westerman
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Hiking

I would personally go left at the split

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Casey V.
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Hiking

Not super well marked, just follow the orange paint on trees. Definitely worth going & seeing the beautiful waterfalls. Our dog loved all the swimming holes!

Belinda Lamm
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HikingMuddy

Did the Cabin Creek trail loop mid week & early in conjuction with several other areas. Since Grayson Highlands now has limited access to the park, we didn't have any issues with social distancing. Water levels at the falls was pretty impressive due to lots of rain in the area. Excellent!

Katie Fried
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Hiking

Wow, this trail was beautiful! Lots of little streams to cross, so be prepared to get your feet wet. Would definitely recommend going clockwise, as there's a scramble by the waterfall that would be much harder to come down than go up. Would absolutely go again!

Carol Hassell
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Cabin Crrek at Grayson Highlands is a favorite. Through trees and along a lovely creek with a waterfall at the end. Great for families and in the summer when it's hot.

Matt Wade
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Backpacking

This is a great trail that is away from most of the crowd there just for the horses. Stroll by the creek much of the hike with plenty of spots for hammocking and viewing waterfalls. There are a few easy stream crossings that may require you to get wet feet without waterproof shoes so be prepared for this.

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Rachelle Johnson
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Hiking

Nice trail with lots of different little waterfalls!

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Amy Rauber-Patton
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Hiking

This trail was such fun. Absolutely go clockwise. The multiple little falls along the path are fabulous. Will repeat this hike.

Kevin Harmon
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Hiking

Going in late October was magical...

Meredith Davenport
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. Go left at the fork! Will definitely be back!

M W
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HikingRocky

Zero horse poop-someone took a wrong turn onto the horse trail if they saw poop. ;) Amazing hike. Trailhead next to the bathrooms at Massie gap. It’s beautiful-green and pretty. Clockwise is a must. Our dog did well-he’s young and athletic. Dry when we went-Not much mud and the falls were small but there. Hardest scramble is up next to the base of the falls. After that it’s easy. Walking stick very helpful on the climbing parts. Plenty of larger flat rocks on the stream to have a snack, decent number of trout in pools despite low water levels. Worth the effort!!

Matthew Bailey
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HikingRocky

Super rocky in spots, this will give your ankles a serious workout! Lots of horse poop on the trail.

Tyler Trevillian
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Hiking

This trail was perfect! My wife and I came down to the park for our anniversary and we found this trail to be a great escape from the crowds. We live just outside of Shenandoah NP, so we’re accustomed to river hikes being a short drive away. That said, this river felt entirely different. The fact that this trail is less traveled definitely added to its beauty, but the scenery was equally as breathtaking. The falls were gorgeous and there were a ton of brook trout waiting the be caught. I think that more folks should absolutely check this trail out. And if you fish it; please make sure you do so responsibly. These fish are sensitive and I’d like them to be around for my kids to catch.

Scott Foster
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Hiking

Excellent trail, gets very steep at the end, we went on a rainy day and it was kind of slippery. Plenty of water coming over the falls though. Definitely recommend this trail.

Eric Kolbe
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Hiking

Great trail. Definitely go clockwise if you have dogs. It may be technically difficult in spots but it is moderately strenuous. Start of the trail is a little difficult to find.

Chanda Brooks
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Hiking

Absolutely worth making the hike.

Jocelyn McGinnis
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Hiking

Beautiful hike and waterfall, worth the tricky parts

Brian Wray
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HikingRocky

We did this hike. It is not an easy hike, but doable with some effort. There are a lot of beautiful things to see here. Lots of Shade, which was nice. When you go down, you have to go back up, so it's more on the Moderate to Hard side. lots of exposed roots and slippery rocks, so be careful. But the waterfalls at the end are definitely worth it!!

Liz Trepanier
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HikingMuddyRocky

Definitely grateful to everyone who said "go clockwise" for this trail! Hiking up the patches of slippery rock/root/mud combo was much safer than trying to slide down it. There are a number of small side trails that lead directly into the falls; the first is the steepest, the second was much easier, and the third was practically horizontal into the stream of water. Nice shady cover, overall, and a great trip worth the effort.

Brittany Brown
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Hiking

I absolutely loved the park in itself. they could do a better job of placing signs to label which trail is which. As others has mentioned, you will have trouble finding the trail head because there is not any signs at all until you get onto the trail and walk a little ways. looks to me like the sign would be at the beginning. We had a blast once we got into the trail and realized we were in the right place. the trail next to the creek was so cool and damp. It felt great after seeing the ponies and it being so hot up there. We parked at Massie Gap and hiked to the ponies first then came back down and walked the cabin creek trail. It is rather difficult in some places. There are some slippery rocks and roots, but overall just beautiful.

Kate Moran
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HikingMuddyRocky
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