Mill Knob Trail

MODERATE 52 reviews

Mill Knob Trail is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Christiansburg, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
925 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

muddy

no dogs

This is an easy 0.5 miles walk/hike around the preserve. Not too much uphill walking involved, dogs are allowed on this trail with a leash. The trail breaks off to a 2.3 miles round trip hike up to Mill Knob (2,077 ft), which is a relatively uphill hike to the top. There are no views on Mill Knob.

1 day ago

hiking
5 days ago

Hiked the trail this morning. Overall, good hike. Couple of things to note -

1. The falls are right at the beginning and require only some stairs. So, great for those who want falls but can't handle the hills.

2. The hike is pretty much straight uphill. So be ready to climb.

3. On the downhill of the top loop, the trail gets dry narrow. Watch for ground beehives on either side of the trail.

hiking
9 days ago

Great trail! There's a few moderate inclines that really get the heart rate up but its worth the view and the beautiful sights.

Not a hard hike at all, falls were a little dried up this time of year, but the caves were cool!

1 month ago

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2 months ago

I have lived just 10 minutes from this area and didn't know it until recently. I walked this trail with two friends. There is two parts to the trail. The lower part which is fairly easy. The second part of the trail is where it becomes moderately harder. If your out of shape stick with the bottom half or prepare for a workout. Still beautiful. Beautiful wildflowers in the spring. Waterfalls and caves are also along the trail. Definately worth checking out.

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

Although a very simple hike, there's a lot to be discovered here. My childhood home was literally 10 minutes up the road and I just discovered this place a few years ago. There is a small waterfall that is extremely easy to get to. The hardest part is the small incline if you want to stand at the observation deck. The hike around the falls is very enjoyable no matter which way you go. There is another trail that's 2.3 miles. It's a nice trail, but does lack good views. You eventually come to a choice between right and left. Depending on the difficulty you're after, left is harder while right makes things a bit easier.

4 months ago

4 months ago

4 months ago

Easy hike. Went with Bear Cub Scouts, Webelos, and their parents. Still too early to easily identify emerging plants. I look forward to going back in later in the spring. Travertine falls are unique feature and easy to get to. We walked the shorter trail.

4 months ago

Sad no dogs allowed. It was a gorgeous day and an adequately challenging hike.

5 months ago

Did the full loop last weekend. It's a vigorous hike at first and then more moderate after. We liked the "lollipop" style of the hike. We felt invigorated after the much faster trip back so we took a left and went over the falls. We'd visited them a few times before, but even this trip showed us something new.

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

We've been out here 3 times since thanksgiving. The lower trail around the water fall is great to go with kids, especially the limestone caves. The upper trail, behind the decrepit grain silo, is very steep, and hard for little legs. Take plenty of water.