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Little Stony Falls Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Dungannon, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, bird watching, and fishing and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.2 mi Elevation gain 685 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Fishing Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Blowdown Bridge out Bugs Muddy Over grown Rocky Washed out
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Please note that part of trail may be temporarily closed due to a bridge out and landslide. Check signs along the trail to see current conditions and temporary trail modifications. This is a beautiful hike gradually going uphill along a stream. Parts are very rocky along the trail, parts are over grown with several trees down blocking the trail but passable. You cross three bridges that are well constructed. The stream is full of beautiful rock formations all along the way.

The lower trailhead at Hanging Rock Recreation Area is often gated in the winter months. Parking is available during this time at a series of small pulloffs near the gate, provided that trail users do not block gate access. The upper trailhead may actually be the more heavily-used access point - particularly during warmer months - due to this trailhead's proximity to the scenic upper falls, located a short, 5-10 minute walk downstream. The upper trailhead also connects with the much longer Chief Benge Trail, which runs upstream along Little Stony Creek above the gorge to the summit of High Knob (4,000+ feet) near Norton, Virginia. The new High Knob Horse Trail also shares the trailhead just across the creek. Several recreation areas within the Jefferson National Forest provide access to these longer trails.

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Amy Carter
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HikingWashed out

Beautiful falls! We started at the Hanging Rock trail head and made it to the footbridge, a lot of boulders and rocks to go over. Decided to go back and take the drive to the northern trailhead which includes a brief walk/stairs to the main falls.... much better trail/view

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Kathryn Easton
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Gorgeous and well-marked trail! You hike along the creek the entire time, so the sounds and views of the water are constant. Definitely rocky and requires a little bit of climbing, but it is not too difficult. Beautiful spots along the way to rest or even picnic on the rocks. Make sure you go all the way to the top for the final falls! It is worth it!

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Katie Sword
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HikingBlowdownRockyScramble

Holy smokes this is a rocky trail. The water was gorgeous and incredible but wow the rocks. There is one reroute that clearly had work on it- LOTS AND LOTS of crush and fill that no one would do to that level unless totally necessary. But my gosh the rocks on the reroute! Made me want to attempt the old trail- but I wouldn’t do that. Bad form. I know. The falls were beautiful. Lots of gorgeous features all along the way- places to play and sit and hang out. Blowdowns crossed the trail frequently as well. Maybe pandemic is keeping the maintenance folks at home this summer? Wear sturdy footwear. Our dog made it but he’s good at scrambling. The directions to the trailhead were dead on- but download before you leave because service out there is next to nothing. Another southwest Virginia gem! We saw one group and one couple the entire day. My children, upper elementary aged, did this trail no problem.

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Jess Amburgey
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HikingMuddyRocky

Some challenging spots. A bit slick and tricky on the rocks. We passed one other couple at the beginning so quite isolated. Luckily we’ve had a lot of rain recently so all the falls sounded amazing. Our dog loved it :) We completed it in about 2.5hr and took a break at the falls.

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Nancy Ward
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HikingBlowdownRocky

Great trail, yes blow downs and rocky sections, but, so worth it. The 3rd fall was stunning. I picked up and packed out trash left by some slob at the base of the main falls. I'll be back in late winter to do this hike again.

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Bobbi Smith
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The trail was very easy. The waterfall was breathtaking! Will definitely be back!

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.Mountain Laurel .
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Most people just go to the first falls, which is beautiful. But if you continue on, you'll find solitude and it follows along Little Stony Creek so they're many more water holes. Admittedly, I hope I don't get in trouble for this, I did the whole hike and it really wasn't a problem. There are downed trees to climb over, but that's part of the fun of hiking, isn't it? I am 60 years old and I didn't have a problem. It was a bit strenuous. The scariest part was around a bend to a beautiful falls with an overlook. The problem is there was a landslide, so it's precarious. Somebody put a strong rope up that actually works, but if you're nervous, just turn back around. Bring plenty of water and you can refresh yourself in the streams. There's a lot of rocks and tree roots to climb over, so I always wear good ankle hiking boots. It took me about 3 1/2 hours to do the whole thing. I would definitely do it again. It's an excellent summer hike because you're mostly in the shade and again you can cool off in the water.

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anastasia landman
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HikingClosedWashed out

Yes, part of the trail is closed because of a landslide. The Forest Service is working on a reroute, but the trail is a National Scenic Trail and there’s a lot more to rerouting a trail then just going out and blazing it.

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Istvan Karsai
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This trail was one of the nicest around, but 2 years ago a part of the trail was washed out. Instead of fixing this, the middle of the trail become closed. The other part of the trail is also showing neglect: fallen trees and overgrown nettles. It is really a pity. Please post here if anything improves. I definitely would go back here. Please whoever is the caretaker of the trail fix this problem.

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Ethan Graham
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HikingClosedWashed out

Great close falls. Middle section of trail is out due to landslide and limits the hike to 1.5 miles total. Great falls, disappointed at the length

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Rebekah Day
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Just park at the falls. We hiked the trail and it was hard not moderate. Not well maintained either.

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Matt Blackwell
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shortest route is to go on Forest road 700 then turn on to 701.

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Michael Pappas
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HikingBlowdownOver grownRocky

This is rated moderate, but due to rocky and slippery conditions It’s a hard moderate. Some blowdown to cross. The trail is closed above the first falls due to a slide as of July 3rd 2019. About 2.3 miles in. The first falls are very nice and worth the effort.

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Carla Foster
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Awesome hike! Lots of rocks and they are slippery, so be careful. Beautiful scenery and the water is absolutely gorgeous. The waterfalls are beautiful and you can swim in several areas. Loved this!

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Scott Foster
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We were able to hike all the way to the middle falls with no problem, there are paths to go around the fallen trees. Another hiker mentioned that there was a hornets nest on the middle bridge, we took a can of wasp and hornet killer and emptied it on the nest… There are still hornets left, but hopefully we killed a lot of them. The hornets were swarming everywhere, fortunately we did not get stung. The trail just passed the middle Falls is washed out and I would not recommend trying to navigate it to get to the upper Falls. We walked 5.2 miles round-trip going to the middle falls. The trail is beautiful and very scenic, I highly recommend this hike, not a lot of ups and downs on the trail, easy to navigate but the rocks can be very slippery because of the high level of humidity in the air. Overall, I would rate it an 8+ out of 10, definitely going to do it again.

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Heather Cafini
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HikingBugsClosedWashed out

Most of the trail is closed due to trees down across the trail just past the 2nd bridge. There is a huge hornets nest under the rail on the 2nd bridge and we all got stung several times trying to walk back across the bridge once we saw the trail was washed out. It was a decent walk and pretty views of water.

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Melissa Dawn
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One of my absolute favorite hikes ever! Plenty of photo opportunities and places where u can actually get into the water and swim around the falls. I have gone twice and will definitely be going again when it warms up to play in the water!

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Kayela Lawson
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HikingOver grownWashed out

Beautiful trail, lots of sights to see. Needs some maintenance.

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Crystal Bowman
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