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off road driving
15 days ago

Definitely fun, bumpy, and challenging! This was a lot tougher than I anticipated however. Some puddles and rock structures seemed very intimidating. About 2-3 puddles actually came all the way up to my half doors. I drive a TJ with a 2.5" lift on 285/75r16's for height reference. (Also I went about a day after harsh rain) I would be very hesitant to bring a bone stock vehicle up this trail. From deep puddles, deep ruts, and some helacious rocks to conquer, this would be quite the impossible task. At the bare minimum you NEED upgraded/stronger tires. This trail will devour stock tires. Also a trail buddy is advised, as always. This trail is very secluded and lightly trafficked so if you get stuck or injured, you're pretty much beat. I was fortunate to never get stuck or hung up, but take the extra precaution... So in summary, *If you're looking for an aggressive challenge and have upgraded your jeep's suspension and tires, this is for you*. (Also beware the GPS, it took me down several private driveways where I had no business being, I drove 1.5 hours to get to this trail)

I did well with my 2004 F150 XLT 4wd. No mods, all stock. Only came out with minor marks from leaves in a few spots. Super fun trail and really pretty! Plenty of obstacles and always a way around larger obstacles for the hard out Jeep guys. I'll be hitting it again for sure.

trail is okay but what's the difference between this and big levels

off road driving
1 month ago

Mostly stock friendly, there's a couple rocky areas and mudholes that are not stock friendly. You will have pin stripes at the end. It's a good 3 hour trip. This was my second time out with HMMWVs. Trail is narrow with brush but no trees are in the way.

off road driving
1 month ago

I was out with a group of jeepers For my 1st Ever Jeep trail run. This trail is A-blast. It is challenging but not so much to the point That is frustrating. I was the only Jeep Liberty in a group of Wranglers and had no problem running with them.
On a side note though. Beware the water crossings if it's been rainy they can get rather deep... Fun but deep. Happy trails y'all.

off road driving
3 months ago

the jeep trail was amazing for my first time doing a trail run, lots of fun, and definately stock friendly.

off road driving
3 months ago

Really fun trail, did it for my second time about 2 weeks ago. First time was dry and could go through the whole trail; really fun ride with small puddles and some rocks. Second time was after a lot of rain... most water was easily passable. After rain, most water was up past my bumper. No problems with a 4-inch lift and 33's.
Definitely recommend this trail to first-timers.

off road driving
3 months ago

One of the best trial i’ve tried so far.

off road driving
3 months ago

Did this trail a few years ago, was great. went back last fall. well marked and stil a good place to explore.

off road driving
4 months ago

Our '91 XJ has a 4" lift and 33" tires
This trail was not very challenging for us but we chose it because we were traveling alone (no extra spotters or tow assistance) and had our 7yo kid and two dogs with us. We had a lovely trip and made it through in a 3-4 hours, while taking plenty of time to explore the creeks, puddles, and overlooks. Before we got there, there had been several days of rain, and a massive thunderstorm the night before, so the puddles were quite deep. Our XJ handled them all just fine, but there were a few I would not recommend trying in a stock vehicle; don't go right after it rains unless you have a lift! The 0.8 mile bypass/alternate trail on the north half of Bald Mountain trail was more challenging than the main trail, but not impossible (we were coming down the hill) for stock vehicles with drivers who have been wheeling before.
My husband's AT&T iPhone was able to get at least one bar of cell service for most of the trip, but there's very little connectivity on the way there.
Overall, this would be a fun trip for anyone who's been wheeling before, but probably not engaging enough for experienced drivers who are looking for a real challenge.
Camping at Sherando Lake Recreational Park was a dream, but there are a bunch of (free) campsites with fire pits near the Southern trailhead by the Blue Ridge Parkway where we will camp if we go again. 4/5 stars, will do again. :)

hiking
5 months ago

Parked at head of trail which is on the Sherando side of Coals Run. Went to the top and did a loop around green pond. Great after work hike. One of my other gps apps said it was 8.45mi. Some good views from the rocks that are located just off the trail. Trail is easy to follow. Watch your bearings at the top where the jeep trail crosses, there a few different trails up there.

off road driving
7 months ago

I've rode and hunted on this trail since I was a kid . I have even taken a car up it with minimal trouble on the new trail . the old trail that cuts in and out of the new is the rough one .

off road driving
8 months ago

This is a great trail with anything from rocks to mud. However if you are concerned about scatching your vehicle I would not recommend this trail. As others have mentioned it gets very narrow in places. I have a 2017 Toyota Tacoma and it rubbed on both sides in many places. Didn't bother me since this is what I bought the Off road addition for (and white). One of the few trails in VA available to the public.

off road driving
8 months ago

I went on this trail on December 28th with a frigid temperature of 9 degrees. I enjoyed this trail. The trail is very rocky, I wouldn't recommend bringing a vehicle that is not lifted on this trail. Several areas have mountain laurels growing into the trail. If you care about your paint, don't take this trail. The trail is plenty wide with no tight spots with trees.

Note that the trail is closed from January 1st to March 30th.

Directions and map not accurate at all.

off road driving
11 months ago

Great trail. A Jeep trail for sure based on width alone. Based on these reviews I picked up some magarmor (Smittybilt) and waxed her the day before, it saved the paint. Highly recommend it unless you don’t mind the scratches. A few sections are rough but not overly so, enough to make it fun without worrying too much. Mud got a little deep in one hole but most of the deep ones have bypasses if you prefer. By the way, if it has a bypass it means that is a deep hole, came to that conclusion on the last deep hole (lol). Wife and I had a good day.

off road driving
11 months ago

Drought restrictions in place in surrounding areas but still came across quite a few puddle crossings. Deepest one up to rock sliders on JKU. Pretty rocky terrain = slow going. Was more challenging than I thought it was going to be but not difficult. Mountain laurel pin striping unavoidable. I drove from entrance off of BRP down to coal road in 3.5 hours with minimal stopping. From Coal Road I proceeded S towards St. Mary's wilderness area and did not complete the published 18.8 mile route that ends in Sherando. Best view of the entire trip is at the halfway point about 5 miles in from the Blue Ridge Parkway at Bald Mountain. I drove it on a Thursday and I only passed two guys on enduros the entire length of the trail. I'd like to go back and drive it from the bottom up next time...

off road driving
11 months ago

Great trail, only it could use some widening. Anything bigger than your little sister’s tricycle and you’re getting your ride scratched up. We did this trail in a ‘17 Taco 4x4 Off Road and it did fantastic! It was a lot of fun trying out different crawl control speeds and the MTS. Take the trail nice and slow and you’ll do fine.

This was our first trail in the jeep, definetly not for beginners. The "alternate" routes are a bit rough on stock suspension. the water was a bit deeper them it looks in some sections almost 1/4 way up the doors. I thoughti was going to need a winch in one "puddle". driving it in a manual transmission was a fun change though. love the trail. upgrade my suspension and I'm going back, I'm doing the whole 10 miles again.

off road driving
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

This trail was a lot of fun! There are some pretty large rocks, and deep water crossings, however. I personally wouldn't recommend it to someone with a stock vehicle or even a wide one.

hiking
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Going do 10 miles Oct

off road driving
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

This was my first adventure in off road driving and it was a definite challenge. My Army surplus 1989 M998 Humvee was more than up to the challenge, but this trail is called a Jeep trail for a reason that is not obvious. It is only wide enough for a Jeep size vehicle to pass through most of it without scraping the mountain laurel that lines both sides of the trail. My Humvee is 7'2" wide so I think we collected enough debris to fill a truck as we scraped our way through the very narrow sections of the trail.

Many areas are also studded with large rock that would destroy an oil pan on any vehicle without high ground clearance. Also, portions of the trail were under water from rain or mountain streams. At a couple of these places we forded 30 inches of water with mud bottom. Really would not have tried it in a Jeep without a fording kit.

The only other people we encountered were bear hunters training their dogs. They had specially built high ground clearance vehicles with dog kennels built-in. They came up the trail from the Blue Ridge Parkway and we had to coordinate our last 3 miles with them to keep from meeting head to head in an area where passing was impossible. They were used to doing this and had radios to coordinate travel.

When we finally finished the 10.5 miles of bone jarring crawling over rocks, splashing through water, and scraping mountain laurel for 3 hours we breathed a great sigh of relief at finally being on a smooth surface. The Humvee is definitely not designed for comfort, but nothing stops it. Transfer case in low and transmission in 2nd and it never broke a sweat. I did, but the Humvee didn't.

Only reason for not giving it 5 stars is the narrow trail not friendly to wide vehicles.

off road driving
Saturday, September 02, 2017

First experience off road and it was quite the introduction! This trail pretty much runs the gamut as far as various terrains you encounter. There's also several different routes you can take along the trail.

It's definitely catered to jeeps as the trail gets narrow in parts, but I brought my taco and had no issues. Saw others on the trail with full size pickups. If you don't mind getting some minor scratches on your vehicle definitely worth checking out.

My only gripe is the trail is pretty long if you take it the whole way from BRP to Coal road. As a first timer, I was getting tired by the end. Plus I'm old.

off road driving
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

very nice trail change every year

off road driving
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Very convenient trail to Wintergreen resort.

Very rocky start, but not in a good way. Rocks as obstacles are cool and fun, but nonstop 6-8" tall rocks just jar anybody not in the drivers seat. My kids (4, 6) hated the first 70% of the trail. 2nd part of the trail has lots of fun water holes.

Opens up to 2 decent views of valleys. Lots of camping spots.

Wouldn't recommend for those with passengers.

I haven't done many other trails in this area, so I'd definitely try them next before this again.

hiking
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Great trail to hike hope to do 10 Miles of it in October

Amazing scenic beginner Jeep trail with gorgeous views. Took us about 4.5 hours in a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with 2.5 lift and 33 inch BFG all-terrains aired down to 15 psi.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Great hiking trail. Top on my list the views were amazing.⛰

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Will do again. views were amazing

off road driving
Friday, July 07, 2017

First time on this trail, in a jeep-no lift and managed just fine, would definitely do it again.

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