Jefferson National Park
July 26, 2010
Near: Coeburn, VA
Route: Chief Benge Scout Trail, Guest River Gorge Trail
Type: Out and back
Distance: 10 miles
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Impression: My initial intention was to go to High Knob and see the fire tower that was supposed to be up there...though the map shows there to be one, there isn't...i heard afterward that it was burned down by arsonists a few years ago and the maps are just out-dated...so, for those looking into going to High Knob Fire Tower in Jefferson National Forest, don't, you will be disappointed...from there i decided to try and check out Little Stony Falls...
Little Stony Falls is off the Chief Benge Scout Trail and is accessed from Hanging Rock camping area...unfortunately, after about 1.5 miles or so, the trail is closed due to fallen trees...i tried to take the creek the rest of the way, but there still were too many downed trees bisecting the water, making it impossible for me and my dog to continue...the woods in this area are really nice, so although i couldn't make it to the falls, there was plenty to explore and enjoy...the dog loved the stream and the weather was perfect for getting my feet wet...this is a great trail for summer...
I still had a bit of exploration left in me and headed toward the Guest River Gorge Trail (last 3 photos)...this is an old railroad path that they've converted to a rails-to-trails bike path...really nicely maintained and flat, this would be a fun trip for people who like to do easy bike riding...it's only 8 miles total in length, so it's not as long as some others, but the scenery surrounding it is pretty and is worth the visit...
Directions to Trailhead:
From Damascus, VA, take Hwy 58 east almost 6 miles...the trailhead's parking lot is on the right-hand (south) side of 58, about .25 miles from the Beartree Campground entrance...it's kind of hard to see, so be on the lookout!