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Nice loop. If you do the loop counter clockwise you get the water crossing more toward the end of the trail... ...there are a lot of them. The water was deep today so that added to the challenge if getting myself and my dog across. There is a section on gravel road where you can really haul ass down hill. Only one really pretty look out area though ...at least until maybe the leaves start coming down.

This trail would be really awesome... if the majority of it weren't along the road. We supplemented the lack of mapping on this trail with the map at the parking lot (the first one when you enter this section of national forest) - it seemed super clear until we got to the trail that the majority of the route was supposed to follow ended up being the road for about 4 miles. We decided to keep following the track, made it up to the beautiful dam, and decided to take Hanley Mountain Road up to the Ridge trail and follow that back to the parking lot. Hanley Mountain Road is an adventure... I have no idea why you would just go up it and back down it consecutively without any other gain than adding the miles and elevation change?? Skip the retracing and just take the Wild Oak (716) Trail back to the parking lot.

5 months 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.

Great campsites. Few people.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Old forest road. Kind of difficult to find. It leads to many other trails though. Just know that there's not a lot to see. Mountain biking is popular here.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Not a bad trail. There are not many choices for water on the trail. Especially on the first 10 miles if hiking counter-clockwise. The first 7 miles are pretty tough, all uphill. After that it is not bad. There's also not many choices for good tent camping spots. If you have a hammock I suggest using that. Also, I suggest finding a good map online before going because they didn't have any maps when I went at the Trailhead.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Excellent trail...there is virtually no water supply with the exception of of a nasty pond on the last leg of the trail. Thanks to the Guardian water purifier I enjoyed 4 liters of the best tasting "pond scum" ever!!!

4 months ago

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Monday, September 07, 2015