Hensley Settlement

MODERATE 17 reviews

Hensley Settlement is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ewing, Virginia and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.7 miles
2168 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


historic site

5 months ago

Definitely better trail than the one on the KY Side. Parking is much better. Have plenty of water in the winter because the spigot in Hensley Settlement is turned off after Nov 1st. Martins Fork cabin on top of Gibson Gap has running water nearby it and is easily access from the trail on top of the ridge.

8 months ago

I have done this hike two times now starting from the Chadwell Gap Trailhead in Virginia. Very tough hike on more natural terrain but it is totally worth it. The settlement is amazing and you can spend hours up there getting a feel for what life was like by exploring the grounds of the settlement. It’s about 2.5 miles to the base of the mountain with 1.5 mile incline hike up the mountain. From there you hit the ridge trail and take it about another 2ish miles to the settlement! High recommend doing it!

This is where my wife's family have their family reunion once a year. Breathtaking and very nice area. Get alot more history if you show up while the Reunion is going on. There's charts and people willing to talk to you about their family history. The apple trees stay loaded during the August months.
Very nice and Breathtaking.

11 months ago

I came through by the chadwell gap trail. We backpacked too heavy making the trail much harder than it had to be, but still a challenging trail. the Hensley settlement is breathtaking though! gorgeous! oh, and be mindful of black bears!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Great hike on last of 2016. Very cold, windy, and snowy at the Settlement. Beautiful.

Friday, July 01, 2016

I visited Hensley Settlement a few times several years ago, by vehicle and by foot. It seemed very long and steep but exploring the settlement at the top made it well worth the hike.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

we hiked from chadwell gap parking lot to the settlement. the hike was hard going up lots of rocks on the way to chadwell gap. It was very beautiful day sunny no clouds. no water crossing seen. the settlement was empty. all the cabins were locked. lot of history to know about. I will definitely come back.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

This is a great trail to hike just if not just for the end result which is the Hensley Settlement. It is like most of the trails in this area in that they difficult in the beginning and end because of the elevation gained. It is definitely worth the hike beautiful place especially in the fall.

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