Jackson Trail

MODERATE 2 reviews

Jackson Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Covington, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,210 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
2 months ago

The parking area is about 1 miles in on an unmarked gravel road (Forest Service right-of-way, but unmarked) so it's not at all obvious. Coordinates for the parking area are N37.91345, W80.00401. The gravel road leading in leaves Morris Hill Road about 100 yds SSW of Laurel Mtn Rd (private). The trail is through mixed hardwoods-pine forest with a heath understory and is easy to follow until you connect with Oliver Mtn Trail the next section of which is a little obscure heading west.

hiking
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Pretty area. There is some overgrowth but the forest is currently maintaining trails in the area so it's sure to improve in the coming weeks and months. Starting from the "parking lot" (more of a gravel parking circle), it's a steady/ hard climb. If you stick with it (trails connects to Oliver Mountain Trail) you'll be rewarded with mountains views, lake and views of the dam. All in all, it's pretty. It was worth the hike.