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Sand Cave and White Rocks Via Ewing Trail is a 8.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ewing, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.3 mi Elevation gain 2,296 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Cave

Forest

Views

Wildlife

Bugs

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Reviews (251)
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Recordings (179)
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Tyler Barber
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HikingRocky

Beautiful trail from start to finish. The initial 1-2 mile ascent was steep and rocky. It will for sure get your blood flowing good. Once at the foot trail to white rock overlook we turned right and the .2 miles up the cliff was definitely the most strenuous chunk of the entire hike. The cliff is beautiful and we stopped to have lunch before continuing on to sand cave. ( which is a steep and rocky descent into.)The cave is massive and full of powdery white sand. I would definitely make the trip to see it. Then you have a small climb up and around the mountain, then you have the home stretch back to the parking lot DOWNHILL! Would say it’s one of the best hikes the park has to offer.

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BJ Rg
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Hiking

Loved this trail. We hiked counterclockwise which was a workout.

Heather Knorr
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HikingMuddy

I have nothing but good things to say about this trail! The trail was very well-maintained so there wasn’t ever a moment where I was confused about where to go. The way out was all incline, but it was gradual so it wasn’t anything strenuous. The sand cave and white rocks were both an additional few tenths of a mile off the main trail. They’re both must-sees though - make sure you check them out! I really enjoyed this hike! It was muddy and I spotted a black bear too!

BJ Rg
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Hiking

Loved this trail but what a workout. We hiked counterclockwise going straight up to White Rocks then to Sand Cave looping back down to Civic parking area. Well maintained trek and great parking area. Carried plenty of water and a lunch in day packs.

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Mo Cheeks
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Hiking

Cave was cool, overlook was pretty. Challenging trail. Lots of places to hump up and hide and spy on unsuspecting hikers from afar. Got spotted and jumped off of the overlook with my hang glider. Landing was a 5/10

Mallory Christian
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Hiking

Great trail! Beautiful scenery, if you want a good work out don’t push yourself

Chad Christian
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Hiking

Great trail! Beautiful scenery, if you want a pretty good work out all you have to do is push yourself

Richard Green
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HikingRocky

Fantastic trail. If you are doing the full loop I would go clockwise. Hit the trail later in the afternoon and the shade is more forgiving. Save time to explore the cave and overlook!

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Demmie Guinn
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Hiking

Did this hike on 5/30. Good trail. Has a great overlook at white rocks and the cave was so cool! Took about 4 hours for the whole thing.

Josh Campbell
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HikingRocky
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Wesley Hodge
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Hiking

I think this one is a little overrated. While the view is nice and sand cave was fun, the effort to get there was not worth it. The hike in is rather strenuous. It does level out at the top but the decent into sand cave is also rather steep and whomever put in the steps made the hike harder rather than easier.

Alex Mumma
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HikingMuddy

Sand cave was well worth the trek and the overlook would have been too if it wasn’t engulfed in fog because of the heavy rain storms over Memorial Day Weekend. Trail was well marked and maintained. Trailhead had a shelter, bathrooms (both still closed) and multiple sets of picnic benches. I’d highly recommend this. My metrics showed just under 9 miles and about 3hr 45min.

Kelly Gay
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Hiking

Awesome Trail and great workout.

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Jacek Janik
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Hiking

Hidden gem, beautiful trail, well marked, light traffic, first 2.8 mile is hard over 2000 elevation change, cave-sand-waterfall mind blowing

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Ray Tant
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Hiking

I called this 2/3 of the whole enchilada., The whole enchilada would be heading over to the old Homestead and back. This is a great hike to catch and only an hour and a half north of Knoxville. An easy drive and a great rewarding experience. The elevation gain will be challenging for many people. The hike winds slowly up the mountain to the intersection to head up to white rocks or on to sand cave. I would suggest the slow gradual ascent over to Sand Cave. Once topped out it is a steep down to the cave area but a beautiful reward at the bottom. I warn you that the stairs coming back up out of the cave are degraded and really tall. Better have the quads in good shape. The cut over back to the white rock area is easy and gradual. The view from White Rocks is spectacular and well worth the effort.

April Gay
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Penny Hall
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awesome trail with great views. huge elevation gains, but take a friend with you on this hike. I went with my 5 year old son and we didn't see anyone else on the trail and it was kinda spooky. we seen a deer and it just stood and looked at us without moving lol

ian sizemore
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Hiking

overall really awesome loop. i feel like this trail is kinda underrated. the trail is well marked and in condition. the uphill for the first 2.6 is pretty legit especially if your backpacking. there is also a cool little scramble up to the white rocks with fantastic views, and sand cave is really unique, it’s almost looks like a little island oasis, with crystal clear water and waterfalls. overall highly recommend this hike.

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Cagney Elayna
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Kayla Titialii
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Ariel Fugate
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Hiking

You’ll be telling everyone about this amazing hike. It took us all day (8-4pm) as we did sand cave to white rocks. Come prepared.

Joe Hamilton
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Hiking

Legit trail. First 2.5 miles is some crazy elevation gain. I went clockwise and stopped at sand cave. The waterfall was flowing from the rain. White Rock was next and the view is spectacular. Saw no one else on the trail today.

Logan Kerley
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HikingMuddyRocky

Great trail with some breathtaking views! First time going to the Sand Cave and it was spectacular! Trail well worn and marked!

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Hannah Sarver
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

This was an amazing hike!! Well worth the extra 1.6 miles to go to the sand cave. Be careful when going in winter—the weather was in the upper forties but there was residual snow/ice that was pretty slick and made it hard to maneuver. The full distance will definitely wear your legs out by the end. It was uphill for a large portion, but not too bad if you take breaks. The views were definitely worth it, though!

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