Piney Branch Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Piney Branch Trail is a 8.5 mile out and back trail located near Rileyville, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1643 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

beach

waterfall

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail. A little rough on the feet at points due to small rocks, but overall enjoyable. Elevation is fine and doesn’t feel overly steep at any one point. Serene trail. Easy to hook up to other trails / pop up to skyline drive overlook spots. My dog loved it too.

hiking
3 months ago

Like J Burt, we did a good portion of this as part of a 9.5 mile Little Devil's, Pole Bridge, Piney Branch, Hogback, Kaiser Run loop. It was nice and serene. Not terribly exciting, but not everything needs to be :)

fishing
4 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes. I love to fly fish and this stream has some of the best brook trout in the park. I uploaded a few pictures of the things you may see on this trail. There are also some nice waterfalls along the trail.

hiking
Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Hikining in this route in early November is just exercise because nothing available to enjoy, small falls available and walking with stream is only a good time but that is only half of the trail.
Fork Mt trail if we do circle than this trail must be little more to enjoy.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

We hiked a good portion of this trail as a part of the roughly 10 mile loop up Little Devil Stairs, across Pole Bridge, down Piney Branch, and finished with Hogback over to the Kaiser Run Fire Road.

Overall the hike follows water most of the way up and back down, so there are quite a few water crossings and falls to check out along the way (bring extra socks haha). It was beautiful late October. LDS took a good bit of time and energy to ascend so the easier hike down Piney Branch was a really nice follow up.

Fire road hikes always sound boring to me, so if you have the time and energy to do the longer route I definitely think it was worth it.

hiking
Monday, April 23, 2012

Did part of this as part of the Keyser Fire Road - Little Devils Stairs - Piney Branch Trail - Sugar Loaf Trail - AT - Hogback loop.

Started at the KFR lot, took LDS down, KFR to PBT then S:T to AT & Hogback to the lot.

The hardest part [on the knees] was LDS. Otherwise was a pretty moderate but challenging hike. Was a pretty warm spring day...probably 70s and somewhat sunny.

Passed several groups of hikers who were going up LDS and at one point on PBT one of those groups. There were a few on the Hogback trail but otherwise had the trails to myself.

hiking
Saturday, March 25, 2017

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

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Saturday, November 05, 2016

backpacking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, November 05, 2013