Staunton Reservoir to Hanley Mountain Road and North River Gorge

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Staunton Reservoir to Hanley Mountain Road and North River Gorge is a 17.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stokesville, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
17.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,673 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
1 month ago

This trail would be really awesome... if the majority of it weren't along the road. We supplemented the lack of mapping on this trail with the map at the parking lot (the first one when you enter this section of national forest) - it seemed super clear until we got to the trail that the majority of the route was supposed to follow ended up being the road for about 4 miles. We decided to keep following the track, made it up to the beautiful dam, and decided to take Hanley Mountain Road up to the Ridge trail and follow that back to the parking lot. Hanley Mountain Road is an adventure... I have no idea why you would just go up it and back down it consecutively without any other gain than adding the miles and elevation change?? Skip the retracing and just take the Wild Oak (716) Trail back to the parking lot.