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Lovely trail! It’s fairly easy, with a couple rock scrambles and inclines to keep things interesting but easy stretches in between. Definitely doable for a beginner, there were all skill levels hiking when I was there. Gorgeous overlooks onto the river, and plenty of historial interest. Only drawback was that it was too populated for any of the wildlife to be out and about, but this trail is more about the scenery.

So beautiful but very busy. Look out for bikers. They will run you over.

15 hours ago

Loved this hike. Mostly flat but very rough in spots, 12 creek crossings. You will get your feet wet. The bathtub is unique and quite beautiful. Went early and avoided the absolutely insane amount of people that came later. They park all along the entrance road making it difficult to get out. The hike and scenery made it worth it, the crowds not so much. GO EARLY.

It was a surprisingly great trail that has a rock scramble that allows for a bit longer and less traversed hike to meet back with Trayfoot trail. Took three kids and a dog, all loved it and it was pretty easy. Hawskbill is my favorite Skyline Drive hike but this is a close second.

Started out on the trail around 825am. I chose to hike this loop the clockwise route, seemed to me, after completing this hike, that it was the best choice. The Ewing Trail makes its way up to the ridge line and crosses over into Kentucky at around 3.7 miles. This trail continues for another half mile and intersects with the Ridge Trail. Around a quarter of a mile downhill you will come to the Sand Cave Spur Trail which leads you another quarter mile downhill to the cave. The waterfall was flowing good today and the sands were cold. Yes, why walk in sand with your shoes on? After exploring the cave which I had all to myself, I continued towards White Rocks. I was very surprised that the trail was fairly level. At around 6.3 miles, I was at the junction of the short cut and then at 6.9 miles I was on top of White Rocks a little further past the first overlook area enjoying the views. On my trek down I took the short cut to complete the loop and then back down the Ewing Trail 2.5 miles back to the parking area. With minimal breaks and sock changes, I completed this hike in 4 hours and 45 minutes, logging 9.9 miles.

Hiked it this weekend. Great river fordes!

mountain biking
17 hours ago

It is a little over 3 miles. The first mile is littered with man-made mounds which will test your skill level. The second mile is along the lake with several small streams to cross. The last mile is the home stretch along the Bell lap trail.

19 hours ago

It was okay lot of people though

Two amazing views, a mostly uphill experience. -1 star for the length of road at the end. Gravel is not my favorite. Spent 8 hours on the whole trail including time for pictures.

scenic driving
21 hours ago

Beautiful, quick drive around the island

21 hours ago

My son and I did this loop 10 years ago. This time it seemed a lot more challenging than last time. This is not a trip for beginners. The uphill climb to Little bald Knob took a bit longer than anticipated and experienced a sleet storm while we ascended. Yes, crazy Virginia weather. When we got to the stream we had had to cross, the current was stronger than we anticipated so we made a decision to backtrack and cut our trip short instead crossing the stream with our dog. On a positive note, the views and the hike were excellent. It was colder than anticipated and we saw very little wildlife. Still not bad hiking if you like a challenge.

Love this trail. Great for the dogs. Some river crossing but enjoyable.

Visited this lovely hike this morning. The hike starts out easy by the river and then progresses and gets harder as the hike continues. The climb to Bear Church Rock was a heart thumper but the view was beautiful making the pain all worth it! Loved the tree canopy on the way up as well, very beautiful scenery. The hike is almost by the river the entire way! We got there around 0930, lots of parking left but when we left around 1400 the lot was basically full. On the way up it was just my husband and I but as we made the decent we ran into more and more people doing the hike. Definitely one we will visit again!

A very well maintained trail to one of the most photographed spots on the AT. If you know the night is clear & can pull yourself out of bed, wake up early & do this as a sunrise hike. A 270 degree view facing east makes it absolutely stunning. There’s a fire road to make the hike easier if you want which many do when hiking at night for the sunrise.

Great park and people. Look at my recording for the real description that I accidentally put their instead of here.

Great walk with nice views! Easy trails. Perfect distance for the dog who loved it!

1 day ago

Great trail. Not too too difficult. The views from the top are excellent. Well worth the hike.

trail running
1 day ago

Great running trail! Awesome trees!

The caves with the waterfall and white pebbles in the steam made the hike unique. Its worth the extra hike to the white rocks.

A fun hike. I don't think I'd classify as "Hard" but there's a bit of rock hopping. It does have a pretty unique summit. Fun for pretty much the whole fam. Littles may need to be carried for 1/3 or more of the hike.

1 day ago

Nice long walk

Dog walk

It’s a nice trail but dear lord does it smell like sewage.

on Quantico Trail

1 day ago

Great exercise trail for walking, biking, or running. Would be five stars but there are no great views, just streams and woods. There are steep hills for a strenuous run, but with a good plan you can walk for a couple of miles without overworking it.

Very scenic trail with at least a dozen stream crossings. So do not recommend after a heavy rain, the high water makes navigating across some spots a little difficult. But on normal does u can step stones across most places. The trail it's self isn't to hard my 8 year old daughter made the hike. When you reach the Devil's bathtub it is beautiful and offers a good size water hole below it, which is good for cooling off on a hot day. So pack a swim suit.

2 days ago

Did Little Sluice as a 13 mile circuit and overnight trip several years ago. Camped on the summit on a near freezing January weekend but the sunrise and sunset were fantastic. The views were probably better due to the trees being bare at that time of year. Definitely check out the rock scramble.

Easy, fun little hike. Gorgeous views!

Went with my wife and two dogs. Beautiful short moderate hike.

2 days ago

This is a oasis park that I typically hike to from my home. Each visit represents to get away from the norms of life’s challenges. The opportunity to hike along the James River is amazing.

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