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

First part was rough but once you get to the ridge line it’s really easy and beautiful.

The first mile was brutal for an out of shape person like me but it smooths out if you push through. This was one of the most breathtaking hikes I’ve ever been on. Just beautiful. Once you get to the footbridge, you’re just about there. I’ll definitely be returning.

Hiked this trail earlier in the spring. From the parking lot, starts up the road past some camping sites. Just look for the sign. 1st part is a steady uphill climb for about 1 mile then levels off. Nice foot bridge at the end just before the rock outcrop. A bit of scrambling on the rock outcrop. Terrific views at the top. I experienced some traffic on the trail and at the top. Due to the climb, I would hike on a cooler day. Definitely worth doing. Caution, this is an unprotected cliff top view. Hang on to your little hikers.

I thoroughly enjoyed this hike. The initial ascent was challenging, but after you reach the ridgeline it's smooth hiking. The camping availability at Wolf Gap was nice but filled up quickly. I ended up camping on the other side of the road. If you are interested in backpacking, there was plenty of spots to camp along the trail. I am looking forward to doing this one again.

My baby sis and I hiked this BEAUTIFUL trail today, May 12, 2018. The first mile was a bit torturous,

2 months ago

Great views at the top! Definitely recommend the hike.

Great hike with a gorgeous view!

The hike was a little challenging in the beginning and well worth it for the views at the top!

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3 months ago

Nice trail to get out and stretch your legs. Not the best hike in the region but a good change of pace and with it coming in over 10 miles and more than 2000 foot of altitude gain it is more exercise that some of the "hard" hikes on this list despite being described as "moderate." I went clockwise but do not think it makes too much of a difference.

Five stars if you pair it with Tibbet Knob. You get about 8 miles and about 2000 total feet. The hike up Tibbet Knob is the more of a scramble but the views are less impressive. I recommend doing Big Schloss second for the bigger payoff. The best views are to the north and slightly west so in the fall photos remain good even into the afternoon.

paired this with tibbet knob.. totaled about 8 miles . went eith dog, he got a little scared after the bridge but had fun either way. great views all the way

Beautiful views. Great day hike! Just enough uphill to make it a little bit of a workout, but not bad. The rocks twist a little under the boots so have to watch your footing. It was a little of a busy trail...definitely not the busiest we have been on.

Great trail! Went out on St. Patrick’s day for an overnight trip. Saw a good amount of people. Great hike to get some elevation without super strenuous uphills. Excited to come back and do this again.

This was my first big hike. it's special to me because my family settled the areas on both sides of the mountain.. The Bowers family in VA and Heishman family in Trout Run.

So for me, the hike was worth the insane first mile uphill. Once it levels off, you get a bit of a break while you hike the top of the mountain. Lots of great places to stop along the way and see the valleys.

The bridge is really neat, and not something you see much of on trails. I really enjoyed just sitting alone at the summit, enjoying the breeze and taking pics. Believe it or not, you can get 4G up there!

I first went in April 2017. Then did Tibbett Knob later in the year with my daughters.

Be careful of the drive up. Lots of blind curves and a narrow road. People take the curves pretty quick and we had to pull onto the shoulder a couple of times to avoid getting smashed.

First mile is uphill with plenty of rocks. After that it is still rocky but levels off. Great views along the way. Definitely worth dealing with the ascent.

A very nice hike. Too many stream crossings too count. Those crossings are fun and not hard to do (in the winter at least).

Amazing hike! Killer first mile uphill though

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5 months ago

We thought we got there early (around 10) and there were about ten vehicles. we spotted only a few groups on the trail but as we were leaving (around 1300) it got busy. I suggest going earlier or go during a weekday.

The first part is all uphill and is killer but it evens out about halfway up the trail. Views are amazing and worth it!!! So beautiful.

Rocky. Recommend good shoes. Excellent hike with beautiful views.

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6 months ago

Combined Tibbet Knob Trail with Big Schloss Trail for a 7.5 mile hike with 2000 ft elev. gain. A good workout. Highly recommended.

great view from the bridge as well from the rocks at the very end. a great place to overlook 2 valleys!

Great trail. Steep climb for about a mile, then levels off along the ridge. Beautiful views. Trail is pretty rocky - so would only recommend sturdy hiking boots. Looking forward to completing Tibbett Knob next.

It was a beautiful day to wake up at the gap and decide against doing an 18 miler and just do Big Schloss. I left around 8/9am and ran into a few people but it was generally empty. The trail got a bit more crowded as I returned but nothing out of hand. A beautiful hike for sure and a nice breeze when you get to the ridge.

It was a little over crowded and rocky but those views at the overlook make up for that!

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9 months ago

My daughter and I are our dog hiked this trail over Labor Day weekend 2016. It was very hot out but the hike was fantastic - only saw one other person and the view was amazing! Note to fellow dog owners - dogs do NOT need to be kept on leash - per the national forest guidelines, leashes are only required in developed recreation areas and interpretive trails. This trail is neither. https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/gwj/learning/safety-ethics

One of the best hikes in the East !

A great moderate hike with amazing views at the top!

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