Chief Benge Scout Trail

MODERATE 1 reviews
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Chief Benge Scout Trail is a 17.2 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Coeburn, Virginia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
17.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1883 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Coeburn or Norton, VA: Two trailheads: Head south of Coeburn on Rt. 72 to Rt. 664 (about 2 miles). Turn west on Rt. 664 for about 1 mile to Forest Service Road 700. Take 700 southeast to Forest Service Road 701. Head south on 701 which takes you to the parking lot. To reach the other trailhead take Rt. 619 south up the mountain for 3.7 miles. Turn left on Forest Service 238. Travel east 1.6 miles and you will see the campground entrance road. Follow it for 1.7 miles. Park by the observation tower.

1 month ago

This is an incredible trail and my favorite to date. Beautiful scenery. Tiny waterfalls, and amazing native brook trout streams along the way, all leading to the High Knob tower or to Little Stony falls depending on where you begin the trip. I recommend starting at the tower because Little Stony is a marvelous destination. It is very well marked and there are lots of water crossings so plan accordingly. I have completed a 2 day hike and a thru hike (8 or so hours) on this trail. I would consider myself an experienced hiker and would rate this trail as hard but not treacherous by any means. Plenty of access to water that can be filtered or boiled almost the entire trip.