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Story of the Forest Trail

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Story of the Forest Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Syria, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until October.

Distance: 1.8 miles Elevation Gain: 173 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

Not much to say. Just a walk through the woods.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail was a great one to do with young kids. We went in the evening and it was cool and breezy. We saw lots of deer and had a close encounter with a black bear. We never found the part of the trail that connected back to the road. We were about to look at a trail marker when we noticed the black bear in the brush to the left of the trail no more than 10 feet away. We picked up our pace and headed straight through some campsites to the campground road. I think the intended path back to the road would have taken us right toward the bear, so it is probably better that we detoured.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice, easy, relaxing walk through nature.

hiking
5 months ago

Very short and easy trail. Pretty flat. If you like a nice calm walk in nature, this is perfect for you. Didn’t take us long to complete at all.

6 months ago

Not really worth the effort. Not particularly interesting. Half the hike on the road or sidewalk.

This is a quiet, easy, beautiful walk through nature, starting at the Big Meadows Campground. Deer and songbirds were plentiful, and we heard (but did not see) a nearby barred owl calling “Who cooks for you.”

hiking
Mon Nov 05 2018

After HIKING a full day in fog and rain we were happy to get to the Big Meadows Campground. On day two, we started out HIKING two trails that were in the same location. With the sun being out the Dark Hollow Falls trail ( To The Right ) was super crowded. If you park at the Big Meadows parking lot you can hike both trails. The Falls lot was full. The Story of The Forest is a super easy nature trail and it was the only area we saw deer. The deer never even moved or acted afraid. They were in a marshy area and some sections were muddy due to it raining the night before.

hiking
Thu Oct 05 2017

Fun little jaunt with our toddler, and very friendly deer. But if it was just me, I'd go elsewhere. A nice short hike, but nothing spectacular that made it stand out. Lots of road noise at certain parts too.

Sun Jul 30 2017

This one was a nice hike to do with young kids. My 2 year old daughter was able to do large portions of it as it's flat and the trail well-marked. We went out and back instead of the full loop to avoid walking alongside the road.

walking
Sat Jun 24 2017

Great walk.

Mon Jun 19 2017

Very nice trail. Very easy

Fri May 26 2017

Great wildlife views! The deer practically walk right up to you. Easy trail. I would take this trail from Big Meadows campground to the visitor center & on to Big Meadow.

Wed Mar 29 2017

Nice trail to get from the campground to the meadow

Tue Oct 04 2016

Really nice family trail for the first half. I agree with previous reviewer about second half, paved trail that doesn't offer as much.

hiking
Mon Mar 23 2015

This was the perfect walk if you have small children! It wasn't completely flat but not too hilly for the toddlers. There was lots of interesting stuff for them to see and a small stream that runs through. My only suggestion and a change that we will make next time is that when you reach the Story of the Forest/Big Meadows junction (where the picnic table is) I recommend turning around and back-tracking. Otherwise the trail takes you to a paved path next to the road that is boring and not good for kids. Also, I noticed that someone has put waterfall pictures on here, that is only if you take this trail down to Dark Hollow Falls and isn't actually part of this trail.

hiking
Sun Mar 01 2015

I parked at Dark Hollow and took the trail up to the amphitheater. The roads closer to the camp grounds and amphitheater were closed. Most of the trial was snow covered...probably 6-12". Made for a good leg workout. I'm sure this is cake normally.

hiking
Fri Jul 05 2013

This one was too easy after some of the hiking we did up here. Very nice hike. I would like to do the ranger guided hike some time.

hiking
Thu Jul 04 2013

An easy nature trail at Big Meadows. Although it is named Story of the Forest, part of it is open. Lots of wildlife. It was mobbed with people today because of the 4th of July holiday.

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recorded Recording - Sep 22, 12:56

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recorded Recording - Sep 17, 12:29

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