John's Creek Mountain Trail

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Jefferson National Forest

John's Creek Mountain Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near New Castle, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,650 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips


bird watching




over grown

horseback riding
4 months ago

Easiest way to find the trail is off of St Route 658; there is a small parking area in front of the (usually) locked Forest Service gate. If this one is not locked, the upper one will be. Forest Service leased out some logging along the trail a number of years ago and the loggers made a mess of the trail. Have mostly cleared that out. Trail suitable for horses, also. It crosses the forest service road twice and you can do loops. Trail closer to Newport than New Castle.... but what ever.

over grown
11 months ago

Wonderful for solitude. Be prepared to do a bit of wayfinding as Trail is overgrown in spots and blazes go missing several times

Fri Jan 26 2018

Went with the VTWC Hiking Group on a cold January morning. It was a nice trail with some nice views but not dramatic overlooks. There is just one section with some overgrowth. Loved the drive out through Clover Hollow. Nice rocky climb up the AT from SR 601.

Sun Sep 03 2017

Trail was easy to find. Off Virginia 601, take the A.T. East up a steep climb for a half a mile. The Johns Creek Mt. Trail goes off the A.T. to the left. The trail has places where there is no path or blaze and you have to scout to find the trail. Ate lunch on top overlooking Gap Mt. to the south-east. I was surprised by a large black bear sliding out of a tree twenty-five feet from where I was sitting. It took off down the ridge, I decided it was time to go back. On the way back, I again heard the tell tale sound of a bear sliding down a tree and then the thump of it hitting earth. I did not see this one, which worried me more. What a day. Mike Furey

Tue Feb 05 2019