East Branch Naked Creek Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stanley, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.
We camped along this trail last weekend during a backpacking/bushwhacking trip. The stream and waterfalls are beautiful but the trail itself is not at all maintained. Rocky, rutted, lots of shrubs to pass through-best to use hiking poles. Also, All trails has the start and end point outside the park on private land. You'd have to essentially pass through someone's back yard and there was a guard dog who was not in favor of us doing that. You can access it from Powell Mountain Trail, but again to stay inside the park you'd need to start on the east side of the creek, which is terribly overgrown, until you can find a place a cross the creek once you're clear of private property. A shame this beautiful area is not maintained and is so inassessible to most.