Hidden Valley Lake is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Abingdon, Virginia that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.5 miElevation gain508 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Clark Case
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Allison Mandas
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Very easy hike, we parked at the dam and did the loop. Slight inclines and a couple fallen trees over the path but trail is well marked, although the last half is over the gravel road you drive in on. Campground is a cute spot to eat lunch.

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Nicole Linser
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Keri-Lynn Paulson
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We were actually interested in the missile silo and launch pad, and we followed the great instructions in one of the reviews below. It's a gravel uphill walk most of the way, and the spot is about a mile and a quarter in. Turns out the missile is actually a VOR, a navigation aid for aircraft. :) Cool-looking, nonetheless. Will be back to hike around the lake next.

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Istvan Karsai
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Bella Anatolia
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Erin Holmes
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We started this trail all way down the gravel road that we drove down, but we walked over the dam and it was so overgrown and trees down that we turned around and tried another area. It’s disappointing because it looked like a great hike but it was too over grown

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Michael Surrett
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Hiked around the lake and it’s a good 4.5 mile hike. The one drawback is you have to walk about 2 miles on a gravel road. Nice that you can hike across the dam.

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Sharleen Arnold
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Nice but narrow trails here. Main trail is marked well but not marker to show new hikers which path goes to the Flat Rock beautiful overlook. It is to the left about 1 mile from the Brumley Mtn trailhead parking lot and easily missed. Root steps up path to overlook then back out to continue on the main trail. Beautiful views at the overlook. Just might want to wear long pants instead of shorts. I posted several photos of the Brumley Mtn trail located just above Hidden Valley Lake.

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Contract Climbing Arborist
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Hidden Valley is best known for its lake and camping, but they’ve recently (in the last 3-4 years) re-opened it’s rock climbing to the public. Hidden Valley and rich history in the rock climbing community dating back to the 80’s but it’s mostly unknown to the general public because it has been “closed” to the public for the last 15-20 years. A lifetime climber from NYC helped bolt the routes back in the 70s & 80s and then bought the property later in life. He still lives at the base of the mountain, but recent sold it to a rock climbing non-profit organization so they could maintain it and re-open it. There’s over 300 routes bolted and ready to climb ranging in difficulty from beginner to professional. It’s a great property in general, and if you get the chance to visit, BE SURE to go checkout the missile silo at the top of the mountain. To find it, you park at the top of the mountain where the first parking lot is before you drop down into the campsites. There’s a wooden board for announcements and info, a gravel road straight ahead, and to your far right, there will be a gravel road that normally has a gate to keep vehicles out. You are allowed to walk down that road though, as it’s still public land and part of the park. Walk down that road where the gate is and at every fork, stay to the left. It’s about a mile and a half (maybe two miles) down the road. As long as you stay to the left, you won’t miss it. If you take a right, you’ll come upon some radio/cell phone towers. You’ll know you’ve made it to the right place once you see the razor wire and launchpad. It’s one of the craziest sites you’ll ever see. Surreal experience and a little creepy tbh. Take the hour to go for the walk, you won’t regret it.

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Buddy Taylor
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Hiking

Great place to walk back side of lake has a lot of trees down but easy to get around if you like to hike without the crowds this is the place

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Jesse Hunniecutt
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Walking

Great place to walk. Half the trail is the gravel road and the other half are several switch backs on the other side of the lake. During the winter there are plenty of views that available any other time. The best views are from the eastern dam and the boating ramp. Signs state that a day pass is required for access, but I went without. The trail hasn't been maintained in some time. Several trees were down, but I thought it added to the experience. It was pretty soggy due to the heavy rains, but that led to several nice creek crossings. I plan on returning to kayak the lake and get the full experience!

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Jeff Hurst
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nice easy walk through the woods. no real views during the summer months...probably much nicer in the fall when some of the under story vegetation had defoliated.

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Erika Schanzenbach
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This one is a nice close to home spot for me. I went on a weather perfect Sunday afternoon and there was no one else on the trail and just a few people fishing/kayaking. The trail is obviously not much traveled, somewhat overgrown. Overall a fairly easy hike. We took the gravel road to return to our car rather than retrace the trail again. The whole hike was quiet and lovely, but not much view of the lake during the summer.

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Kim McCowan
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Camping

Very close to home and have made frequent camping, fishing, and hiking trips. Beautiful area!

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Mike Carter
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Easy trail with few views, but good for a nice walk.

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Clint Lawson
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This is a relaxing trail with minimal climb. We parked at the boat landing (the first turn after coming in view of the lake) and followed the road out to the dam where the trail changes from gravel road to grass/dirt trail. Lake view is minimal at this point as the trail meanders through the woods for about 2 miles. The trail returns to gravel road to complete the loop back to the parking area. Several trees have fallen over the winter but were easily crossed. Nice trail for us for an after school hike.

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Daniel Levy
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So this isn't really a hiking trail. I didn't get to any lake. Hunters were nearby I could hear them so I turned around.

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Cassidy Johnson
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Really nice but definitely wear pants!!!

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Jon Girten
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Great hike

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Barbara Nagel
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David Sermons
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Eric Knopf
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Wes Gilmer
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Shane Rixom
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Jim Carlton
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Lori Ferguson
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Cindy Carlton
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Jim Carlton
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