Willis River Trail is a 13.3 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Cumberland, 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 but must be kept on leash.

Length13.3 miElevation gain961 ftRoute typePoint to point
Dogs on leashBackpackingCampingHikingNature tripsPaddle sportsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeBlowdownBridge outBugsMuddyOver grown
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SEVERAL PULLOUT PARKING AREAS BY CSF /

CUMBERLAND STATE FOREST CUMBERLAND VA 23040 804-492-4121 H B RADAR P O BOX 35444 BON AIR VA 23235 hbradar@gmail.com

US 60 West from Richmond / Right on RT 622 before Cumberland C.H. / Right 622 & 629 Bear Creek Store

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John Hammers
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HikingBugsOff trail

The trail does not follow the downloaded map. Still a pretty area. Bridge is very sketchy tho

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J E RAYNOR
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Fishing

Hi Floks, The Willis River Trail was layout in the late 70s . It is a project of volunteer (s) , not a county supported. State Forest maintains parking areas. All maintenance is done by a volunteer, at present. WRT is classed as difficult and primitive , horses and bicycles are NOT recommended. not maintained for such. Camping is permitted in Bear Creek State Park. WRT is day use only. Suggest hiking from each parking area both ways , making a good day hike. All of WRT is in hunting territory, act accordingly. Thanks, radar

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Josiah Fernandez
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Thomas custy
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Craig Jarvis
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Hiking

Decent trail kinda boring only went out 7 miles then came back but definitely want to backpack over night and finish!

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Erica Jones
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HikingMuddy

Section E and section F (see below) go down (and back up) to the Willis River. Particularly section F - it IS marked but there are seemingly odd jigs in the trail to avoid boggy areas. So E & F are not great for 'power walking' but very pretty. Both sections follow some old road in places. We did this trail in January so leaves were moderately deep but you could faintly see the 'trail' and easier to see the blazes. *** https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwjU1_X0tJTuAhUuwFkKHblhCtAQFjACegQIAhAD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdof.virginia.gov%2Fstateforest%2Fmaps%2FCumberland-Trails-Map.pdf&usg=AOvVaw1ERuSdwhEKJdSUhWFji9e2

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Kathleen Doswell
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Hiking

Better today than any previous hike.

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Kathleen Doswell
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Hiking

Beautiful near Winston Lake.

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Kathleen Doswell
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Rugged and not well marked in places. Beautiful in a lot of places.

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Kathleen Doswell
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Hiking

Good trail but today it was flooded out at the south end near Kattrel due to bad rain storms in the previous week.

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Nana Asare
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grown
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Chad M.
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOver grown
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Dylan Mink
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grown
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Caleb Young
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Hiking

Trail is poorly marked and there isn’t much to see. The bridge is cool but very run down. This could be a great area if the county put some time and money into it.

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Katreena Clark
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HikingOver grown

Turn off is poorly marked. Sway bridge is dilapidated. Could be a gorgeous spot but overall it’s very neglected.

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Patricia Babbitt
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HikingBugsOver grownScramble

It’s a great trail but the park system has not done ANYTHING to maintain...prepare as if bushwhacking your way through. Lots of trees down ( old wood) so watch for snakes and don’t forget chiggars if straddling over or under, some places you can go around but then you’re bushwhacking your way through. Deer are using the trail and ticks were EVERYWHERE! Spray your clothes and check your dogs and yourself cause you’ll have some on ya! The trail itself is marked great but pay attention or you will find yourself heading wrong direction-if you don’t see the white markings in a “ questionable turn” double back because the trail is marked very well-just a lot “ false trails” ( deer), downed trees, etc...I had to watch out for my friend who was leading the way ( he was clearing all the spider webs

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Carli Martin
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Very Nice

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Elena Tate
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I thought I reviewed this one. It was a long day. I would much rather do five three mile trails.

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Alan Bourne
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Too long. I agree with Danielle about the logged over areas. I will be long gone before those areas recover.

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Elena Tate
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Hiking

The trail was pleasant; just too much of it.

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Alan Bourne
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Hiking

This was the biggie on our last day. No bears, but plenty of smaller animals up to deer.

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