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Trayfoot Mountain Trail is a 9.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Grottoes, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 9.9 mi Elevation gain 2,299 ft Route type Loop

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Shannon Cash
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HikingOver grownRocky

I recommend counterclockwise on this trail, the beginning is a climb, the descent is smoother from this direction as it is more gradual. Trail is overgrown in places but for the most part can be easily seen. Great 10 mile trail.

Bush Bell
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Josh Billings
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BackpackingBugsOver grownRocky

First mile and a half on the AT is an intense uphill but the views at Blackrock summit were worth it! Trayfoot Mtn Trail was mildly overgrown and there were lots of bugs; I pulled three ticks off of me. But it was easy to navigate and very peaceful. I didn't see anyone on this trail and it looked like it hadn't been used for a while. Paine's Run Trail was in great shape. Plenty of access to water and a great campsite shortly after turning onto the train from Trayfoot. The only time I saw other people was in the early morning. Uphill to get back to Blackrock Gap wasn't as bad as the uphill to get to Blackrock summit; much more gradual.

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Tiffany Mongold
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Hiking

Awesome hike up to blackrock summit we started at the bottom of Payne run trail and went counter clockwise up the took Trayfoot Mtn trail back down. Trayfoot trail is very over grown so make sure you have good tick repellent we use Ultrathon spray and lotion and not a tick at all.

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Terra Gatti
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HikingBugsOver grownScramble
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Vincent Carden
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HikingBugsMuddy

Have been reading reviews for awhile now on this hike. Decided this would be my “coming out of Quarantine” hike. Great start out of BR Summit parking lot. We hiked it CCW from BlackRocks down to the creek and out. Nice grade up leaving BR to Trayfoot Mtn Summit. Decent views I was surprised. Long ridge run down to the creek. The Mountain Laurel was busting it big time after the rains from the last few weeks. Incredible. The rock formations were neat on the way down to the creek. Decent camp sites at Creek it was flowing really good. Clean water. Heading down Paine Run is great. Creek switches back and forth across the path. You will need to ford about a dozen creeks some small, one big shallow one. (Water felt great). Coming up and out of the creek is not fun up to the parking lot that meets the AT. About 8 gnarly switchbacks not bad grade but will wake you up. After the parking lot you’ll get a butt whuppin heading back up NOBO on the AT to complete loop at BR Summit. Would be an outstanding hike for Boy Scouts where you overnight at the creek then finish the next day. Pretty trail that’s under rated.

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Peter Kehr
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Hiking

Did this as a trail run. Easy to follow route with some good scenery and elevation gain. Trayfoot mountain isn’t actually that impressive, it’s got tons of trees at the top so you don’t have that great of a view; for views, keep hiking on the trail to Black Rock Gap. If I were hiking this I’d probably want to do something different for the amount of time it would take and the elevation you have to gain. However, if you want solitude and nature, this is a great option.

Emi Ly
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Hannah T.
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HikingFloodedMuddy

Great trail with multiple stream crossings. Use caution of going out after a rain. It is do-able but requires extra caution and would be made easier with gators and hiking poles. I took my dog out and we had a great time. Definitely worth stopping at Blackrock mountains. That view is amazing.

ML Mzc
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HikingRocky

Going counter-clockwise in the late fall was pretty nice since you can pretty much see out and across the neighboring mountains through the trees as you walk along the ridge the whole way. Nice view from rocky outcrop at the top of the initial switchback as well before continuing on the long gradual ascent. Didn't find the trail to be very rocky after the 1st switchbacks and was able to move rather quickly the rest of the way up. No views from the summit of the mountain, but once taking the .7 mile trail across to Black Rock overlook, wow! Super awesome views from multiple sides with so many rock formations around to climb on. The 3.4 mile segment back down is easy and makes for nice return trip, though there are some portions that are so long and straight it seems like you aren't actually making any progress to the end.

Joe Urbanski
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Hiking

This is an excellent hike. It’s one of my favorite trail runs. Just keep in mind that after Blackrock you’ll be returning on Paine Run Trail. The shelter/spring is worth checking out.

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Joe Urbanski
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Hiking

It was an awesome trail!

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phil schulte
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Running

Great spot for a trail run. The weather was perfect in late October and the trail was clear! We went clockwise which included about 4-5 miles of a good climb and then 4-5 of a good downhill run. All around good training run with some good elevation.

Matthew Blystone
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HikingRocky

Perfect trail for an overnight as there is a campsite and stream halfway through. It could be completed in one day if you're in great shape and get an early start although I wouldn't recommend it. Many sections of the trail are challenging, rocky and uphill at a decent grade. After the campsite its pretty much uphill the whole way back to the Blackrock Summit parking area, which is where I started from. You can start closer to the loop, which I wish I would have done! I recommend trekking poles to help. Wear hiking shoes or boots as the trail is very rocky throughout. For reference I wore Merrill's MQM Flex and they performed well. Make sure your shoes are WELL BROKEN IN before this trail. If you're doing an overnight I recommend mid October. Cool and breezy during the day and not too cold at night. My 30 degree bag was sufficient. Others brought hammocks and 0 degree bags and were comfortable. Enjoy.

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Alan Good
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HikingBugsOver grownRockyScramble

Hiked solo clockwise from Horsehead Rd, took a few detours so 11.1 miles total, took 4 hrs 10 min excluding stops. Would definitely recommend going this way to get the hardest hiking and elevation gain done early! As other reviewers have mentioned, foliage blocks most of the views on the way up except at Blackrock Summit so maybe leave this hike for early spring or late fall. Also, the bugs in the forest on the way back down were pretty bad! I didn’t have any issues navigating the part at Blackrock Gap, just cross Skyline Dr and go through the parking lot and you’re good to go!

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Bas Oprins
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Hiking

Just finished this great hike: loved it. We hiked clockwise, which was good for us. It took us 3,5 hours, with two short stops. After the Trayfoot Summit, follow the Black Rock Summit and from there follow the Appalachian Trail South. At the parking of Black Rock Gap you leave the Appalachian and get back on the Trayfoot Trail, which leave from the car park. We also saw a bear after leaving the car park. Perfect hike.

Tiffany Mongold
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HikingRocky

Great afternoon hike I rate easy crossed creek twice.

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Christian Koval
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HikingOver grownScramble

It was a wonderful day for this hike. I decided to hike this trail counter clockwise and found it a nice hike. The top of Black Rock is one huge rock scramble with a 360 degree view, well worth it. Trayfoot mountain trail was a nice descend, but was very over grown. The only water sources are at the begin of the trail, so bring water.

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