North River Gorge Trail is a 9.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Solon, Virginia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
331 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

forest

river

wildlife

Directions from Bridgewater, VA: Take US 42 for 3 miles south to Mossy Creek. Take SR 747 for 3 miles west to Mt. Solon. Take SR 731 north about 1 mile. Turn left onto SR 730 and follow it for 3 miles to the Stokesville junction. Turn right and take SR 718 for 1 mile to Forest Road 95. The trail can be reached from a gated road leading from the south side of Forest Road 95 about 1 mile west of the Wild Oak Trail parking area. The trail can also be accessed near the North River Campground. Parking is available along Forest Road 95 but is not permitted in the North River Campground, except for those actually camping there

backpacking
1 month ago

Crosses river many times, but a great first backpacking trip.

hiking
2 months ago

I did not go full length of trail, but the first third is mostly fairly level with only mild grades. My out-of-shape husband did fine. :) Occasional short stretches where trail very rocky but otherwise pretty good footing. Be aware the trail crosses the North River - bring water shoes or prepare to get wet!
Entire trail in the woods, about 1/3 in dense growth (like walking through a tunnel), rest open enough that you can see around you.
A little tricky to find the trail head, and parking is not necessarily at the trail head - we had to walk up the road a bit to get to it.
Trail shared with bikers and horses so stay alert.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a great hike for families with kids. My family loved playing in the water. Wear shoes with the expectation of getting wet. This is an easy hike in my opinion with very little elevation change.

hiking
4 months ago

Fun to wade through the water as we crossed to follow the trail. A bit buggy with the standing water pools but overall fun and moderate hike with baby in a backpack. We took a nice dip at the end.

hiking
Monday, September 11, 2017

This is a very easy trail to hike. The trail runs along side the river and offers a lot of swimming holes. My kids love crossing the swinging bridge. There isn't much parking next to the train entrance so you have to walk to get to the trail.

hiking
Friday, April 14, 2017

This was a great last minute hiking trip I decided to take with my 10 year old. We only did about four miles as we had a late start, but it was easier than we thought and the constant sound and sight of the river was wonderful. We even found a little "stone island" about 1.7 miles in that we stopped and crossed to for a snack without much trouble. We would love to come back to finish the whole thing. Only issue I had was parking. It would be nice if there was more direction for this as the trail is not clearly labeled as the one we wanted to take. Parking was slightly up the road and we had to walk down to get to the trail and use a failing GPS to find the right start point. This wasted some time we could have spent hiking.

hiking
Tuesday, November 08, 2016

I love playing back through there it feels so far away but yet it's so close by

hiking
Sunday, August 17, 2014

Very easy with many stream crossings. The water was running very low when I went (August) so I crossed without even getting my boots wet. It definitely took the magic out of it and just turned it into a 4 mile walk next to a dry creek.

hiking
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Very easy trail, as mentioned before there are several river crossings so bring the right gear. There are a few places to camp along the trail if you desire to just get away for a night. I am pretty sure they use the trail with horses so look out for droppings.

mountain biking
Friday, September 16, 2011

Easy trail, but with several river crossings. Lovely river views

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
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3 months ago

recorded North River Gorge ~

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
Thursday, October 12, 2017

recorded North River Gorge Trail

hiking
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

hiking
Sunday, March 27, 2016

Monday, September 07, 2015

hiking
Friday, March 15, 2013