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Furnace Mountain Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Grottoes, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.5 mi Elevation gain 1,788 ft Route type Out & Back

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Parking at MP 84.4 on the Skyline Drive. Head South on the Trayfoot Mtn Trail/BlackRock Hut Rd about 1 mile to the Blackrock Summit. This hilltop consists of a rocky, talus slope with vistas of the southwest. Pick up the AT at the base of the Blackrock, and continue south on the Trayfoot Mountain Trail. The trial descends and rises gently, with some exposed areas to the north. The summit of Trayfoot is about 3/4 mile from Blackrock, offering no substantial views. Just past the peak, the trail intersects with the Furnace Mtn Trail. Bear right (NW) onto the Furnace Mtn Trail. The trail descends rather steeply for the next mile, then ascends and descends until reaching the Furnace Mtn Summit spur at ~ 2 miles from the Trayfoot summit. Take the 1/4 mile spur to the top. Although the Furnace Mtn Peak is 500 ft lower than Trayfoot, the views offer a more personal experience of the valley below, and Austin Mountain to the North. The sandstone rock here is notably different from the blackened quartz rock peak of Blackrock. Retrace the trail back to the Blackrock Summit parking. You may want to take the AT section from Blackrock to the parking area for a slightly different trail.

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Ethan Koontz
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Insane and incredible trail. I went counter clockwise wise which includes an intense trek up furnace mountain from the bottom but going this way makes the end basically black rock mountain which is by far the best view I’ve ever encountered. Sweet sweet ending. If you’re up for the challenge and have the day this is the trail for you!

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Kevin Bucher
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Great hike. From Skyline Drive, the trail was as described. Started around 11am on a Saturday; not too crowded, once you get past Blackrock. 6.5 miles is to the Summit spur...not the Summit. Go the extra .25 miles out to the summit - it's worth the view.

Meg P.
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Blackrock is beautiful, and the long hike along the ridgeline was pretty cool. Long, long descent, and then a long ascent on the way back made it challenging. Pretty, but I thought the prettiest parts were early in the hike (not necessarily the view at the end). Still, fun to get out!

Matt Henry
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Always a favorite. Make sure to get off the fire road onto big run/rocky top(if I’m remembering those right). The map made it look like it came too soon and we ran past it thinking we were in the right track. I should have known better.

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Pete DeSmit
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take the extra 1/2 mile to the summit, not worth it if not IMHO

Anjali Lind
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Samuel Rowe
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Beck Grimm
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Sean Gibson
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Brian Connolly
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Emi Ly
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Shelby Baumer
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Devon Anders
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Chris Traudt
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Claire C.
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Joe Urbanski
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Trev Roach
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Jonathan Kibler
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Michael Pelletier
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Timothy N.
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AllTrails U.
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Claire C.
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Zachary Williams
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Mark Bartlett
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Ron Shearer
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Joe Urbanski
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Joe Urbanski
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Claire C.
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Courtney Gonzalez
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Chelsea Catsam
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