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Great trail. Going in at the parking area I got closer to 11 miles than what AllTrails says. Great scenery. There are a few stream crossing. Using stones and downed trees its not a problem for an adult with decent balance or someone who doesn't mind getting wet.

hiking
15 hours ago

I agree the trail is poorly marked. I ended up using gps of the trail to stay on track. Very runnable in spots. Quite and peaceful.

hiking
17 hours ago

I like this hike. It’s less than two hours drive from Richmond. If you’re a strong hiker you can do it in a day (7-9 hours), it has vistas, climbs, streams, waterfalls, rock scrambles, App Trail hikers to say hi to, a little bit of everything. And then at the end you can drive an AT through hiker to down to Devil’s Backbone at the base of the hill in exchange for him buying you a beer :)

I would call it difficult not moderate though.

Go in the morning, it's beautiful and quiet. Going all the way down to the base of the falls is worth the effort too.

Good little hike. Johnson’s Farm was interesting but other than that there is not much to see other than forest for remainder of hike. Views are obstructed by trees and the feeling of being on a hike is sort of lost as you hear mowers and work being done on nearby parkway.

hiking
18 hours ago

The trail is definitely more of a mountain biking trail. It’s not very well maintained and it’s so narrow I was paranoid about the idea of encountering other hikers or bikers. The trail is incorrectly described as a loop, as it ends in a weird place, which forces you to cut across a bunch of athletic fields (not a good time when every field is being used for soccer practice).

hiking
20 hours ago

Decent hike. It can be 1.7 miles or 2.7 depending on wether you make it a loop down the Appalachian Trail. Otherwise, just walk up to the summit and back.

Good short moderate trail for leashed dogs and kids.

I’ll visit again.

Pretty tame trail, distance and views are cut in half if you want to jog/run or if you bring dogs, it’s not allowed on much of the trail, but still a beautiful scenic trail, a nice get away from everything hectic around it

Great hike! great view from White Rock, Sand Cave is amazing too

hiking
1 day ago

Easy stroll through the wilderness, well maintained walking path easy for very young kids.

A beautiful taste of spring - violets are blooming.

Great hike with beautiful waterfall, we did the route counterclockwise which we would recommend for trail running as the footing was more stable for the descent. Coming back up Cornelius Creek presented some creek crossing challenges due to the volume of water.

hiking
1 day ago

Great trail to hike! Especially in the morning and it was a quick one too considering how I did this one right before my friend’s wedding in the evening. Took me about 5 hours to and back. The hike to the top consists of about 1.7 miles of uphill climb followed by 0.7 mile of climbing over rocks. Word of caution, there is no cell reception until you get to the top, so it’s advisable to hike with someone for safety.

Myself and 5 of my students did the longer version of this hike. We parked off the parkway at mile post 23 and hiked down mine bank creek trail, then to st Mary’s river trail, then to st Mary’s fall trail. The hike was amazing, exploring the old mine was fun too. It’s very easy to find, the trail runs right through it. We had the first 2 trails to ourselves, but in the falls trail we ran into ~10 other people. All these people came in from the st Mary’s fall trail parking. After exploring the falls we hiked back and camped on the st Mary’s river trail. The next morning we hiked back out, which is a pretty rough, steep hike. However it follows a creek, so plenty of views and water. In total it was probably around 13 miles, but most of it was easy walking. The trail is not marked, but it was easy to find your way. Hiking to the falls up the falls trail is fun with all the creek crossings, but the campsites take away from it beauty. There’s many of them , large, trees smacked with machetes, and toilet paper. I would recommend camping on the river trail, far more secluded. I would do this trail again and look forward to doing it when it’s a bit warmer so we can swim!

Very nice walk with just a bit of incline to get you excited. Probably won’t be a repeat but was still nice. To many areas of buildings and such that came into view.

hiking
2 days ago

Great views from the peak and got there after the last shuttle left to go down so it was not crowded. I enjoyed the steepness of the trail near the top, it gave it that earned feel to the hike. I had to wait a twice for does to move from the trail to keep going. Never had a deer pose for a picture from 6ft away. Next time through I hope to do round top on the other side

Nice walk, wildflowers are not out yet.

A very cool natural wonder.

Hiked on a hot (83F) early spring day before the trees had sprouted leaves. I bet this would get 5 stars from me with improved shade or a slightly cooler temp. Views at the peak are wonderful, plus there's a number of camping spots complete with fire pit and log benches.

The hike to the top goes by quickly. With frequent breaks (every 7-10 minutes), we reached the top in about 75 minutes. Plan to hang out at the peak for a while.

Where do I start. This hike is absolutely beautiful. Breathtaking views of many waterfalls! You can even climb a few rocks to get right up close to a few of the falls. Unfortunately we were not prepared for what was to come. The hike up was pretty tough. Once we got up to where you take the fire road to Cedar Run trail we took the wrong path (both have yellow blazes) we ended up hiking about a mile or so in the wrong direction and that’s when the fog rolled in. Temps dropped about 20 degrees and it began to POUR down rain. Needless to say once we started our decent down Cedar Run everything was soaked and muddy and it’s VERY steep. We were slipping and sliding all over the place and much of the trail down is nearly impassable by fallen trees and things. We hiked the trail counterclockwise which under normal weather conditions would’ve been much easier. This loop is definitely not for beginners. You will absolutely be sore the next day and your feet will most definitely get wet because there are several river crossings. Most of the way UP is well.....UP....steep and you will need to take breaks to catch your breath. This loop is a beast. Can’t wait to tackle it again in better weather.

Great for a toddler in the Spring.

So after my last review, I decided that I was going to go all the way to the end of the trail even though we couldn't find the blazes the last time. we ended up veering to our left after the 3rd stream crossing, and when the forest opened up. look for a blaze next to a rhodedendron then travel directly west (you'll go uphill a bit) until you see a log sawed in half. after that, you can see the trail. Be warned though, there are some very long and steep climbs in the near future. the trail is actually 5.0 exactly from the trail head to High Butte. so make sure to pack enough water and snacks (also a small trash bag because you dont want to litter). there is no stream once you cross it the 3rd time so I cant stress enough to bring a good amount of water. I brought a 2L bladder and almost went through it all.

the overlook is mesmerizing, though. well worth the hike. I would give this hike a hard rating, though because it is definitely not for the faint of heart. be prepared to climb over some tree and twist your ankles through an old dried up creek bed.

What an absolutely beautiful hike! I expected it to be hard but I had no idea how hard it was really going to be. I’m not sure about the mileage because my phone said 8.4 miles when all is said and done and my watch said 9.6 miles. This is not for a novice hiker! We took this hike counterclockwise. We had met some other people on the hike that said that clockwise disease year. But I believe there is no easy way to do this hike. I really had to keep pushing myself. We got down to the bottom of the canyon and I was starting to feel tired. The hike downhill was strenuous. But the hike up was a test! With an elevation gain of 2200 feet on the way up it really testing me. The fire road itself was difficult as we were exhausted by the time we got to the fire and the fire is completely uphill. But I’m happy to say that I finished it!

Definitely not a hike for a quitter but totally worth the effort!

I love these trails. They are our "go to" trails for our Sunday guy's rides. Would encourage all mountain bikers to check these trails out. But as some others have said, these trails have climbs and some technical spots. I'm 49 and no mountain biking savant, but in decent shape and have been mountain biking for 30+ years. None of our wives will go on these trails. Some older teens have enjoyed, but younger teens not so much. Check out some sections, give yourself time, HAVE FUN!

We camped at the campsite and enjoyed this hike the climb up was a challenge in a good way. There was a few trees on the trail but nothing that hindered the experience. I will say the trail markings are all the same color and it appears to be off shoots of the main trail, we didn’t go down any of them but could be very confusing.

Quick morning hike with great views. Easy for everyone. One or two spots are tricky due to down trees, and eroded trail.

walking
3 days ago

Nice neighborhood park, good for taking your dog for a short walk.

This was my first hike and a solo one at that. It was awesome!!! The rock scramble did not disappoint this first timer. I’m short (4’11”) and was able to this. Some review said it might be difficult and they were but other hikers were there to help if needed. I did this counter clockwise. Went up the fire road first then hit the scramble. That helped I’m sure as I was able to slide down a lot of the boulders. So if you’re in decent shape and want an exciting solo hike.....THIS WAS GREAT.

hiking
4 days ago

Moderate ascent to first view of valley to north. As progress to Buzzard Rock, trail rocky and narrows. Great mountain views to both east and west when no foliage; otherwise west side has the views. Easy access to trail.

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