Pyrite Mine Loop Trail

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Pyrite Mine Loop Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Triangle, Virginia that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.0 miles Elevation Gain: 547 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

partially paved

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

Explore the Pyrite Mine ruins and catch some terrific waterfalls, wildlife, and a good hike. Not into hiking? Put on the bathing suit and bring an innertube and float away on the river (nice and slow). The trail starts out with small steep sections, and plenty of bridged water crossings. The trail gets muddy after rains, so bring a hiking stick as necessary, and bug spray. Most of the hike is along a river or stream. Along the Pyrite mine section of the trail, you can see and explore ruins with interpretive signs.

hiking
2 months ago

easy trail to get in shape

hiking
2 months ago

Parts of Pyrite Mine trail aren't as well maintained as others, but overall this is a nice easy to moderate level hike. The "overlook" isnt much to loom at, but there are plenty of sites where you can see the foundations of historic mining sites.

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bugs
over grown
2 months ago

Went here about a month ago. Parts of this trail are very overgrown and hard to even access. There was like no wildlife really at all until we reached the turning point then we saw some turtles. Also this trail is pretty much owned by the insect mafia and they will come for you, all of them.. at once. Be warned. Also chiggers.

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bugs
muddy
3 months ago

5-stars in the sense that it was a great trail; however it was really poorly marked. Without the use of the AllTrails map I would have gotten lost. Lots and lots of twists and turns. Half the hike you're walking along a river; there is a part where you're on a board walk; and others are navigated with the helpful use of boards over the mud. About 97% of the hike is in the shade so sun was not a problem at all. This trail is extremely well taken care of. Fairly easy with a few uphill ascents/descents around the middle point. There is plenty of signage indicating that bikes are not allowed on certain portions of the trail, however that didn't stop bikes from being on those portions of the trail so heads up! Fairly crowded, but not unexpected for an early Saturday morning hike in August. Would definitely do again.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Went earlier in the day to avoid the heat and really enjoyed the paths! There are many options to extend or shorten your hike and overall was a well taken care of area.

running
4 months ago

Not a very technical trail but has good views and some nice elevation gains. Plenty of wildlife. Some areas heavily trafficked but others very few trail visitors. Great area to visit. Parking pass good for 7 days.

hiking
6 months ago

There is no Pyrite Mine Trail, it’s actually a combination of serval sections of other trails to make a nice loop. The trails are really well blazed and maintained The first third or so that follows the creek was the best section. Because of that I think there are better trails to stick to for a more scenic hike of roughly the same area than this combo.

hiking
6 months ago

Great loop for a pleasant Sunday morning hike. Not crowded at all (like many others around DC this time of year) and has lots of shade and water. The Pyrite Mine site was very cool, especially the before/after restoration pictures.

hiking
6 months ago

I got more solitude than I was expecting, which was quite nice. Flat for the most part and nice elevation in some spots. Not hard to follow with this app to be honest. It’s nice long distance challenge with rewarding stream and small cascades. Highly recommend it!

hiking
7 months ago

A great trail, good things to see, and long. We found pyrite on this trail, too, which was fun for the kids. Bring plenty of water!

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muddy
9 months ago

All in all long trail, some of it was narrow and some areas was really muddy but good trail

Sun Nov 25 2018

Easy in terms of elevation, but great hike which makes up for it in distance. From car back to car we clocked 8.57 miles and i think we deviated from this exact loop very insignificantly, but if you’re looking to stretch your legs this is a great hike. We did it in 3.5 hours with a dog and maybe 30 minutes in hanging out at the cascades. Gets very muddy and wet in the lower lying areas. If you’re not into mud, this might not be the trail for you.

hiking
Sun Sep 23 2018

My wife and I found this trail enjoyable. The trail was well maintained and there was a lot to see and take in. Not to challenging but has some areas that definitely will increase your heart rate. The only negative was that the trail is not a dedicated loop as the name implies. There are many different and co-mingling trails in this area and the signage left much to desire, making navigation somewhat of a challenge.

hiking
Wed Jul 18 2018

Not a crowded park - great for peaceful walks with the dog.

hiking
Sun Jun 17 2018

Easy hike with lots of water points at campgrounds along the trail.

hiking
Sat Jun 03 2017

Well maintained for a nice and easy hike. Lots of shades.

Sun Feb 26 2017

Easy trail with awesome creekside stretches. Perfect for pups. Decently crowded even in winter months.

hiking
Wed Feb 22 2017

I loved this trail and will be going back. Despite this National Park being almost in my backyard, I have never been here before and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. One thing you should know is that the Prince William Forest Park has a lot of trails in it. Korie (below) is right - it's really a series of trails that make up the Pyrite Mine Trail Loop. The trails are well maintained and are a mix of flats and moderate hills. Trail markers are a combination of typical color markings on trees and at trail intersections there are [sometimes] easy to read indications as to which direction to go on. It's easy to get turned around and on the wrong trail so I would highly recommend stopping at the visitor center and getting one of the good trail maps they have. The Pyrite Mine placards were very informative and reveal quite a bit of history about the area that I was completely ignorant of. It was fascinating to see a new forest grown over what had been an environmental blight. But the mine served its purpose and with help from mankind the forest has reclaimed the area. The Visitor Center was great and there are some excellent displays of local wildlife, a relief map (which was very cool) and some supplies and t-shirts and such to buy. The Ranger we met there was super-informed, very friendly and really seemed to know what she was doing. BTW - if you're interested in orienteering, there's an orienteering kit you can get at the Visitor Center and a log-book so you can record your tracks. I would definitely recommend this and will be going back again. Great trails.

Mon Dec 05 2016

Perfect for a fairly flat relaxing hike

hiking
Tue Sep 06 2016

Two important things to know about this trail: 1. It is within a National Park (Prince William Forest Park) and includes a $7 fee per car, and 2. There is no actual Pyrite Mine Trail Loop. PMTL is a cluster of trails , which grouped together, make up this loop. They call this larger loop made up of trails, PMTL to honor the former mine that was shutdown in the 20s and underwent natural restoration by FDR. There are a number of sites along the trail providing history and certain aspects about the former mine. Make sure to go to the info center to have the park rangers highlight the trails/loop that make-up PMTL. Also, be sure to take a map with you. The paint markings on the trees are for the most part helpful to guide the way; however, there are a few confusing patches where trees don't have markers, and we found the map to be a bit of a lifeline for navigation.The loop itself is delightful. It is entirely covered by a canopy of trees. The forest is lush and green. This is a moderate trail with a number of challenging patches, but completely doable. So far, this has been the best hike we have done. I recommend it to those looking for a bit of a challenge (not major) and who love dogs (tons of people bring their pups out on a hike or run.) Have fun!

hiking
Sat Jul 02 2016

This is a very nice park for the DC area. It wasn't crowded even on the main trail on a holiday weekend. Normally, you feel like you're in a shopping mall the trails are so crowded. There are a bunch of others that are more remote that we are going to go back to hike. There is also tent and car camping areas we will check out. The visitors center is nice and the rangers are helpful in planning your hike. Lots of creek for your dogs to cool off in with a few spots deep enough for swimming. It isn't the most challenging hike and there are no amazing vistas, but in the DC area finding a place that doesn't feel overwhelmed with humanity is truly amazing.

Sun Mar 27 2016

We enjoyed this park/trail. Not a lot of people which makes it very peaceful.

Sun Jan 03 2016

I couldn't find any of the attractions

cross country skiing
Tue Jun 23 2015

Interesting terrain, good workout.

hiking
Fri Feb 27 2015

This is one of the most interesting trails in PW Nat'l Forrest--with many off-shoots that will catch your interest. I usually access the trail from the 1.5mi. road leading in from the parking lot near the bike trail. You can custom fit this trail to your fancy very easily. The trail from the Laurel Loop through the Pyrite Mine is my favorite way to go. It's a great way to check out the origins of some the area's industries from days gone by. On the lower-end of the moderate spectrum. A real beaut!

hiking
Fri Jul 11 2014

Had many trails that could be taken to lengthen or shorten the hike but it offered well shaded paths, nice scenery, clear trails, some wild life spotting, some challenges (for you adventure types), and there's a paved bike trail as well. You will need a map to assist in navigating the routes you want, but that is obtained at the ranger station near the visitors center.

hiking
Fri Apr 25 2014

My son and I actually started out on this trail (Pyrite) then branched off. There are many trails within Prince William Forest Park and we did a bit over 20 miles one day over Spring Break. You can hike from Pyrite Mine Loop up to Laurel Loop, South Valley Trail, North Valley Trail and further to reach the falls and many areas go from quite easy to very hard climbing. The trails were all well marked and not very busy at all. The entire area can definitely be customized to fit the hike you want that day from easy to hard.

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