North Valley Trail is a 6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Triangle, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
North Valley Trail is one of the park's longer trails with many opportunities to connect up with other trails and fire roads. These include Burma Road, Lake One Road, Quantico Falls Trail, Cabin Branch Mine Trail, Pyrite Mine Road, and South Valley Trail.
I've run this trail both day/night and wet/dry. From EAST to WEST it runs from the bridge on Pyrite Mine Rd in a NW direction for 3.5mi to the bridge at Burma Rd. 90% of this trail follows the contour of the Quantico Creek and is single track, non-technical. Mostly level elevation with approx 4-5 moderate hill ascents. Trail marking is okay, but can be confusing without a trail map. Lots of exposed tree roots and some muddy portions that cannot be easily bypassed. Some buggy parts, but not as much as you'd expect so close to the creek. A highly recommended easy trail run during dry conditions. Avoid after heavy rains, because trail becomes very slick on the ups and downs.
Finding a nice quiet trail
Just minutes from home is a big plus. We came in from Rt. 234 through the travel trailer park, hooked up with North Valley Trail off Burma Road and went to the Pyrite Mine for a total off around 10 miles. Very little traffic and this on the 4th of July weekend. Very pleasant hike with nice wooded views.
Did this trail as part of a loop with the South Valley and Laurel Trail. Total 9 mi.
There are some hills that are moderately steep but overall a pretty easy hike. Most of the North Valley Trail runs along the Quantico Creek. There are a few trail markers and interpretive trail signs to discuss the history of the area. That was pretty interesting.
There were a few folks walking their dogs at the beginning and ending of the hike but overall solitude factor was pretty high.
Very nice trail running along Quantico Creek. Very nice, tranquil creek views.
This trail is shorter, smoother, and less varied than the longer "South Valley Trail" to its south.