Helton Creek Trail

MODERATE 1 reviews
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Helton Creek Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Whitetop, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
885 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Start at the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail then take a right onto Helton. There's a good spot for camping on the right just before the second creek crossing. The trail is pretty narrow with lots of rocks and slight, moderate inclines--nothing too strenuous. There are three creek crossings along the way.

camping
Thursday, October 27, 2011

Very windy, narrow with lots of rocks! Wasn't horrible, just not worth a 3-hour drive to get there. There are three tiny creeks that cross over it. Wooded area, with views of woods. No open views or clearings. Just used it to reach Deep Gap...although Elk Garden Trail would have gotten us there with probably much better views and better-maintained trail. On the other hand, Helton is far less used and so more isolated. Not too steep of inclines--which makes it easier, but the rocks are difficult for your feet to get a grip at times.