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Sprouts Run Wilson Mountain Loop Trail

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Buchanan, Virginia

Sprouts Run Wilson Mountain Loop Trail is a 7.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Buchanan, Virginia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 7.5 mi Elevation gain 1,578 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bridge out

Bugs

Muddy

Over grown

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Getting There

This hike combines the Sprouts Run Trail and the Wilson Mountain Trail in a loop with a .9 mile connection on a Forest Service Road . The beginning of the trail runs through private property, so please be respectful and stay on the trail right-of-way. Sprouts Run Trail offers creekside walking with little elevation gain until the last 3/4 mile in its approach to Hoop Pole Gap. This is a beautiful trail ignored by most but it offers several nice cascading waterfalls, pools of water and some cliffs and huge trees of various species. There are several rock hops back and forth across the creek, and when the water is running high in the spring, the rocks will be covered. Wilson Mountain is mainly ridge walking with its descent back down to the beginning of Sprouts Run Trail. There are some views of the James River, Solitude valley and mountains in the distance, especially during leaf-off.

There is no parking to speak of at the trail head. Pull off the road as best as you can.

From I-81 take Exit 168 and head south on VA614 Arcadia Rd towards Arcadia. At 2.8 miles, take a left onto VA622 Solitude Rd. It is a single lane gravel road. Continue on Solitude Rd. for 2.2 miles. The trail head is not well marked. The trail is yellow blazed, and there is a raised stile to get over the fence at the trail head.

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Morgan Langton
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HikingWashed out

The trail was beautiful and definitely a good challenge. Took us about 3.5 hours moving at a steady pace the whole time. The creek was still high at points and our feet got wet crossing on multiple occasions so either wear water shoes or bring extra socks! The trail was very clearly marked the whole way through even though it is not a heavily used trail. There were 2 or 3 spots towards the end of sprouts run before getting to the fire road that looked to be pretty freshly washed out and we had to navigate around to find the trail again. I love trails that are secluded and this was perfect - we did not run into any other people while we were hiking! On the Wilson mountain side there were areas that were completely covered in leaves so be careful if going after it rains it would be very slick! Overall great loop!

Cooper Graham
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Hiking

Very pretty hike on the Sprouts Run side with at least 14 creek crossings. The flow was heavy and not crossable without removing my shoes on 5 of them. I would recommend water shoes for this portion to save time. After heading to the left on state road and then down the Wilson Mtn the trip was steady if not unremarkable.

Kay Davenport
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Hiking

We did the whole loop but honestly the Sprouts Run side was much prettier and more interesting to me, so next time I would just as soon do it as an out-and-back. Lots of creek crossings, so I recommend waterproof shoes of some kind and hiking poles. The Wilson Mountain side was nice, but parts of it were very narrow on the hillside and piled high with old leaves that made it slippery. Not much view to make up for the difficult footing.

Jason Overstreet
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HikingOver grownPrivate propertyWashed out

This is a quite trail with some nice views of cascading water. It does require you to cross the stream at least 15 times with a couple of those spots not really offering you a good way to cross. There is some good views from the top of the mountain but with everything in full bloom you can't see much of it. There is one spot left that is completely washed out if you head straight and cross the stream you will pickup the trail again. The parking for this spot is on the left before you cross a single lane bridge. and you have to climb a fence to start.

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Shannon Stone
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HikingOff trailOver grownPrivate propertyRocky

As this trail was rated moderate and we had taken moderate trails before with the kids, we chose to take this with them. the reviews didnt give us any reason to think it was a bad idea. but it was. the description says several stream crossings. more like 30. none of which had a good place to cross so we had to walk a good ways off path to find a good way over. we started on the sprouts run trail and it connected at the top to the Wilson top trail. we are pretty certain we didnt miss a marker, but the trail just ended and we never met up with the sprouts run trail again. we ended up having to cut through someone's private property and walk almost 2 miles to where we left the car. I would rate this trail hard over moderate and recommend if you take children that they be 14 or older. our 7 year old couldnt keep up and we ended up having to carry her a good bit of it. all in all, it was a fun trail, but definitely one to take plenty of provisions with and possibly camp out for the night at the top of the trail and hike back down in the morning.

Jake Thornton
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Hiking

Have to cross private property to get to trail head, it’s legal to do so. Trails aren’t occupied as much as others which is great for a private hike but do not expect pristine trails. Great place for long exposure pictures along the creek.

Amber Boothe
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Hiking

nice trail, a little rocky in places and the no trespassing signs and beware of dog signs are a little intimidating, lol but do it anyway. we only went 1.58 miles, to the top of the mountain, we went left, on the wilson mountain trail portion.

Maria S
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Kelly Cassell
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Backpacking

Sprouts run is gorgeous!! truly. the river crossings didnt seem to be at ideal spots but the scenery makes up for the wet feet! Take extra socks for the way back down Wilson's mtn. Pretty views of the James but not sure it was worth the uphill climb and mtn goat path on the way down. I would turn around and go back Sprouts run. Add extra time for the logging road that connects the 2 when planning your trip and pack a picnic as there are several spots to sit back and enjoy nature. Will def do the run again!

John Wang
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Hiking

trip report: https://travel2walk.com/2018/03/08/virginia-hikes-wilson-mountain-trail-sprouts-run-trail-loop-march-4-2018/

Jacinda Williams
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Hiking

I only hiked in 2.5 miles following Sprouts Run. It was beautiful. This morning my son and husband complained of itching. They were covered with tiny ticks. I had to pull hundreds from them. So, please make sure you have LOTS of bug spray on you.

Lauren Jones
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Hiking

I made it about a mile and a half in I think. It was wonderful, until a bear crossed the trail. I was by myself and when it went back to the other side across the water, I turned around. I'll have to come back and finish it with a partner. It was my first and last solo hike!

edmund waller
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Trail is beautiful. Not great for running. Lots of stream fords. Very isolated. Didn't see another soul. One deer. No bears.

Sam Clark
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Ended up just doing Wilson mountain trail due to an unexpected late start and thunder storm. Very secluded and beautiful! Can't wait to go back and do the whole loop. And be careful-it was tick city! Had a few try to latch on

Phillip Martin
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Warning: this easily turns into 11 miles if you do the Sprouts Run and Wilson Mountain loop

Jill Pennington
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Hiking

Sprouts Run is another of my favorite trails. Wilson Mountain -- not as much, but I prefer a loop to an out-and-back most days. Overall, the hike is pretty easy as long as you don't go when the water is high. I ended up wet to my armpits during spring runoff. The creek isn't that high, but it does run fast, and there is a lot of force during high water. There are lots of photo ops and places for water-loving dogs to splash on the Sprouts Run trail. I suggest walking upstream on Sprouts Run so you can enjoy the cascades, and return via Wilson Mountain.

Livia Drechsler
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Marie Wolfe
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Kay Davenport
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Kay Davenport
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Allison Rowell
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Lisi Marie
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