Salt Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Glade Spring, Virginia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 183 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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mountain biking

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bird watching

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Rails to Trails running from Saltville, VA to Glade Spring, VA. Starting at the Glade Spring trail end, the useable trail is 6.0 miles one way. The useable portion of the trail ends about a 1/10 of a mile past the tallest/longest trestle on the trail. If wanting to continue on into Saltville you would have to use about 1 to 1 1/2 miles of the new road that was cut through portions of the railroad bed. Trail can be muddy at times. Parking at the Glade Spring end is 1/10 mile past the trail end on Old Mill Road just off of Hwy 91, which is exit 29 on I-81.

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1 month ago

The trail head is not well marked and the trail is not well maintained. The bridges have been repaired but the trail does not drain well and is very muddy in areas. It’s fine to walk on if you’re local but not as well suited for biking as other nearby trails. If you decide to go on the road and continue into Saltville be advised that there are strenuous hill climbs.

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9 months ago

I wanted to give this trail a five star rating but there are a few reasons that I will explain after my description of the trail itself. A round trip hike from the Glade Spring parking area to the dead end after the Key Wood Branch - Old Mill Road Trestle was 9.84 miles. I have hiked this trail a few times and biked it once. It's a hidden gem and has potential to be so much more. With that I will explain my reasons for not giving it a five star rating. While the trail itself is in good shape the many rotting railroad ties are an eyesore. The bridges are rotting and need maintenance. Towards the Saltville side of the trail the owners of the set of houses on Santa Cruz Drive and Old Saltworks Road have created a disgusting and pathetic eye sore of broken glass, trash, and litter that has made that area filthy looking and dangerous for foot travel. These people need to be given an order to clean the area between their homes and the trail. I do wish the trail continued on into Saltville without using the main road for a section where the railroad bed was cut out for the new road.

hiking
10 months ago

All Trails Trail Head is incorrect, as earlier reviewer noted. His coordinates were correct. Not well marked ... look for gravel parking area on left with small white “exit” and “entrance” signs.

Fri May 24 2019

Nice trail. Well kept.

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Sat May 18 2019

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Mon Feb 11 2019

Great trail!! Had a wonderful time! Pack a lunch!

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Thu Jan 24 2019

Easy trail for all ages and dogs. The trail head parking lot is at 36.8045518, -81.7879236 not the location the All Trails map will bring you to. it was a little muddy, but it has been raining a lot lately.

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Tue Jun 26 2018

This is a nice trail to walk on and look at nature. I bring my dogs with me and everyone is very friendly!

hiking
Sun Jun 04 2017

Great place to walk with a dog with very little traffic

Fri May 19 2017

This is one of those rails to trails that is under appreciated. it follows the old mathieson Alkali works rail spur into Saltville. the listed mileage is actually incorrect as the actual mileage is 8.5 miles. This is an interesting Trail as it passes through dense woodlands and open pastures most of it's length.

hiking
Tue Jan 31 2017

Glade Spring, VA derives from the Indian word Passawatami which means "this is the place,"but I couldn't find it ! There wasn't any historical markers present on the main road headed West on Marble Rd. Or VA 91, Public Information signs, we're missing at two y intersections which made you leaving to guess. I did find the trail head, but it passes 200 feet from someones home, and I did not feel comfortable walking through a home owners yard. Even so, 100 yards out was a big fence with the gate closed. A walk to find the Salt Trail netted me 4.8 miles and it was a really nice day to be outside. Most of the locals know the first permanent settlers were the Porterfield family in 1760, they were not relatives to the Hatfield Family. A post office had moved back in a day, from Old Glade to Glade Spring Depot in 1856, due to the arrival of the railroad. During this time Civil War broke out about "Individual Rights." The local men made up their own military unit called "The Glade Spring Rifles." After the war, with the railroad access, Glade Spring turned into a prime shipping yard for produce, livestock and other local goods. The town incorporated in 1875, with 31 houses (three were brick), six stores, two hotels, and a Masonic Hall. However, in 1892 the passenger train service discontinued. In remembrance, the train tracks of the 8.91 "Saltville Branch", have transformed into a hiking and biking trail called the "Salt Trail". This was the type of passenger locomotive used in the era; a Ps-4 no. 1401 on display at the Smithsonian Institution.

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