Explore the most popular trails near Coeburn with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Coeburn, Virginia Map
3 months ago

This is a beautiful and easy quick 12 miles! It’s mostly shaded and follows the river the entire length. This was our second trip and it was totally worth it again.

We only walked about 6 miles on the trail due to it getting late. Despite the trail not being heavily traveled it is very well marked and easy to see.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Beautiful scenery on this trail!

Decent little trail with a lot of scenery, with a cave along the way. I wouldn't go hours out of my way for to do this trail. But maybe if in area swing by & check it out.

Have walked this trail numerous times since I was a teenager. Very easy & is graveled the entire way. This is actually an old railway that was converted into a trail. Has an old railroad tunnel & trussell that is now a foot bridge. Probably the widest trail I have ever been on. It is great for hiking, biking, & walking the dog. Also has several popular swimming holes along the way. Overall a very nice trail.

Myself and a couple buddies hiked the first leg of this amazing trail last February mid-winter be it. The water crossings were kind of a pain, was not expecting so many, and with the water levels being up we had to resort to making rock bridges to keep our feet from getting soaked. Roughly 3.4 miles from coming out at Bark camp lake you'll follow around a mile or so of a rocky cobblestone path along the trail which made for somewhat rough going to be honest. We only hiked the first 11.4 miles from High Knob Tower to Bark Camp Lake but this spring i'm intending on doing the entire trek solo and planning on filming the entire trip. Here's a link to our first experience of the famous Chief Benge Trail. Check out the strange find we encountered near edith gap. To clear things up the trail is actually around 20+ miles, not 16, of moderate to strenuous hiking.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

It was a cool Sunday morning for August, upper forties as Boy Scout Troop 86 started out on a 20 mile hike to complete the hiking merit badge. We started at High Knob tower on our journey. The sun was shining bright across the distant mountains with hints of fog in the low valleys. You could feel it was a great day for a hike.
By the the end of the first half mile it was time to shed the light jacket. At mile one was the flat still water of High Knob Lake surrounded with mountain laurel. The overlook at the dam is a great backdrop for pictures. From this point on it was a fast pace to Mountain Fork. We stoped for a quick break and a snack. The trail to this point was well marked, and a down hill grade was making for a fast hike. The first five miles went quick. However at about mile six we turned to a uphill grade not bad but still uphill. Then the cobblestone type rock started for the next two miles. It made for a little harder hike. But still a great day to be in the woods. As we neared Edith Gap we ran into a horse trail blazed with orange paint. It was better marked than Chief Benge Trail. Some of the orange had faded almost looking yellow. This almost caused a wrong turn for us on the trail. At Edith Gap we took our next stop and ate a light lunch.
After lunch it was back to a quick pace on our way to Bark Camp Lake. From this point on it was back to a downhill grade for the most part. It was a welcomed site to see the long foot bridge of the backwaters of Bark Camp Lake. We knew we were over half way through. As we rounded the lake it was obviously low on water. We made it up to the dam and found out why. The Lake was drawn down to make repairs to the dam. We ran into signs saying Trail closed for construction. At this point we were not turning around and going back, so across the fresh graded soil we went. We seen several critter tracks in the damp ground, one of witch was a black bear paw print. It was as big as my hand, quite impressive I must say. At Bark Camp we made a quick stop to rest some tired feet before continuing on to Stoney Falls.
As we started back on the trail it was back through the dam construction. This made it harder to locate how the trail progressed below the dam. But yellow blazing was found and on to Stoney Falls we hiked. Still on the downhill grade it made for easygoing. When we arrived at the falls it was obvious it was a popular place to visit. Over ten vehicles in the parking area and several families out enjoying the day. From the falls on it is a beautiful three miles to Hanging Rock where our ride awaited us.
All in all it was a great hike with a total of fifty nine stream crossings. I would do it agin if I have the opportunity. But it does make for some tired Boy Scouts.

Friday, August 25, 2017

I enjoy this walking trail!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

great views easy walk.

This is an incredible trail and my favorite to date. Beautiful scenery. Tiny waterfalls, and amazing native brook trout streams along the way, all leading to the High Knob tower or to Little Stony falls depending on where you begin the trip. I recommend starting at the tower because Little Stony is a marvelous destination. It is very well marked and there are lots of water crossings so plan accordingly. I have completed a 2 day hike and a thru hike (8 or so hours) on this trail. I would consider myself an experienced hiker and would rate this trail as hard but not treacherous by any means. Plenty of access to water that can be filtered or boiled almost the entire trip.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Nice easy trail !!!

trail running
Tuesday, January 03, 2017

This was my first time on this trail. I loved every minute of it. Beautiful trail as it winds with the river below. The tunnel is very cool to go through. It is easy running and I can't wait to go back.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Great place to take a leisurely hike. Very peaceful and easy.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Nice, easy, well maintained gravel road for hiking or biking. Its very scenic with the Cliffs on one side and the river on the other.

road biking
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Nice easy ride for me and the wife

Thursday, April 25, 2013

An easy trail to navigate as it is a rails to trails path. The grade into the gorge is very gradual. There are a few waterfalls along the way, and a little shady picnic area about halfway into the gorge. Plan on about half day if you walk entire 11.6 miles.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Worth the trip - nice short day hike...what's not to like?

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mountain biking
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

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