Deerlick Trail is a 3.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hot Springs, Virginia that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. 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.

Length3.6 miElevation gain1,240 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Dan Mauro
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Fun hike, very scenic, saw a couple of white tail deer. It’s a little steep getting up the hill, but I’d probably rate this closer to a moderate than a hard. Trail was clearly marked and in good condition.

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pat white
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April Elliott
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Picked up the trail on the highway side of Sam Snead’s Steak. From there, it was pretty well-marked. Steep ascent, nice views.

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Amy Stubbs
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Very pretty and tranquil area, although I didn't actually get very far on the trail as I encountered two bear cubs crossing the trail about 10 minutes in from the bottom/sign. Will be going back to finish; beautiful views of surrounding mountains/hills and the Homestead, and very pretty and calm golf course surroundings. Saw a few other people boping around but mostly secluded.

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Samantha Harrington
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I did this trail early in the morning and was likely the first on it given how many spiderwebs I took down with my face and arms! Very nice and relaxing for the most part. A bit muddy and overgrown in places but still very easy to follow. Ran into a couple of deer and a doe at the very end which was a nice surprise!

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Graham Bryant
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As some of the other reviews indicate, this really is a loop. You have to follow the access trail from the Homestead going by Sam Snead's restaurant up to the start of the Deerlick trial, passing the pretty Sunset Overlook on the way. The trail is well marked once you really get going, but unfortunately is poorly marked around the entrances regardless of which direction you go. It's worthwhile to download the USGS topo map for this hike, because that map shows the path of the trail as part of the map. I tried to show the loop clearly on my recording.

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Thomas Richardson
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The July 2017 review by Brianna correctly points out that this trail would be BEST described as being a LOOP. And as she notes, you don't HAVE to go 'out and back' as the picture suggests....once you get to the "Deerlick Road" trail head at the easternmost point shown, you can simply follow the trail (a golf cart path!) along the edge of the golf course toward the southwest (paralleling route 220) and use this path to return to the Homestead-- making a true 'loop'. If you are tired at this point, maybe catch a lift from a passing golf cart! Anyway, there is no need to backtrack back UP the mountain, traverse the ridge line again, and then drop back down to Sam Snead's restaurant at the edge of Hot Springs--just make a loop out of it and don't backtrack at all. Until I scoped out the Deerlick Road trail head a week later, I did not realize this.

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Thomas Richardson
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I hiked much of this today, and then tackled the rest of it a week later. Starting at the Homestead, it is an uphill slog for a while. At the top, there would be a nice view IF all the leaves were off the trees. I followed the trail along the ridgeline until it started to go down toward Deerlick Road (and the intersection with Dunns Gap Road). Later in the week, I started at the Deerlick Road Trail head and went UP the mountain and made it to the top from THAT direction. But the first section I did today (roughly 2/3rd of it) was in good shape except for some muddy spots near the bottom of the trail, near the Homestead due to the heavy rains we've had recently. Just a few muddy spots; was totally passable. Entering the trail from the Deerlick Road access point, it was still a little bit muddy AND there was a huge tree that had fallen across the trail about 150 yards into the hike. A short person would have difficulty getting over it, and there is no way to go under it or around it. Only a few spots looked like it could use a slight 'brushing' in terms of plant growth; overall, in pretty good shape

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Girl Hikes
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Beautiful hike. The first 30 minutes is a bit steep but not too bad. I had my hiking poles which helped. The view from the top by the rocks is Gorgeous, we were fortunate to see the fall colors of the leaves. Make sure you get your photos there because after that there are not too many views. The trail isn’t marked very well once you are on the top of the mountain. The path is pretty easy to follow though. I would recommend using All Trails app just to keep an eye where you are. Will do it again the next time I am in Hot Springs!

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S Davis
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Very nice trail! Muddy, long ascent with some very pretty views of the Homestead Resort.

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Jacquelyn Bojonny
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This was great hike!

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Sky Ariana
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We parked our car on deerlick drive and Dunn’s gap off to the side with a note and begin on homestead trail near the little golf house. Then we joined into deerlick path and hauled butt up hill for about a third of the trail, then it evens out and we took a steep descent down hill out it the other end of the trail which is actually just behind a private entrance (so be warned) path is marked tho, no worries on trespassing. Took us about one hour total at a pretty solid and sweaty pace!! Awesome trail - super fun, a lot of tree coverage and cool sight of the Homestead below.

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Andrew Lee
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Awesome

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Brianna Bauchle
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Not accurately described by the homestead map or staff or even the sign at the beginning. The deerlick loop itself is 3.2 miles, uphill the first third and pretty much downhill the last 2/3. From the resort and back, closer to 4 miles and around 1.5 hours, but still not the 2.5 hour trip that the sign suggests. A decent view about 30 minutes up but nothing spectacular in the summer due to lots of tree coverage.

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Danielle Adkins
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While uphill throughout much of the first half, the spectacular views make it completely worth it!

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Thomas Kulish
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Maryam Gi
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Niko Mangus
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Ed Ross
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Linh Bui
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Lisa Chuck
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Ted Singdahlsen
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Brends King
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Jeff Spinnanger
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