Maps and Trails

Cradled among the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Appalachian Mountains, the George Washington and Jefferson National Forrest, Smyth County is home to many spectacular vistas and amazing hiking trails. From a small, one mile trip to to a week long excursion, there is a trail for everyone!

Hungry Mother State Park
Long a family favorite known for beautiful woodlands and a placid 108-acre lake in the heart of the mountains, Hungry Mother has a sandy beach with bathhouse, boat rentals (fishing, canoe, kayak and paddle), a boat launch and a universally accessible fishing pier. Guests also enjoy its campgrounds, cabins, gift shops, visitor center, six-bedroom family lodge that sleeps 15, hiking and biking trails, and restaurant. Hungry Mother is also home to the Hemlock Haven Conference Center, available for retreats, conferences and special events. Catering is available.
Hungry Mother State Park Trail Guide
Hungry Mother State Park Facilities Guide

Trail Maps (Descriptions and maps used below are from www.alltrails.com)

The Salt Trail
Salt Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located in Saltville, VA that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash
Riverbend Park Map & Riverbend Park Aerial View
Riverbend park is a series of trails, parks, and playgrounds throughout Marion, VA.
Dickey’s Knob Trail
Dickey Knob Trail is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sugar Grove, VA that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, camping, and mountain biking.
Rowland’s Creek Falls
Rowlands Creek Falls Circuit is a 11.7 mile loop trail located near Chilhowie, VA. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking.
Bobby’s Trail
Bobby’s Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sugar Grove, VA that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Hickory Ridge Trail
Hickory Ridge Trail is a 4.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sugar Grove, VA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
First Peak Trail
First Peak Trail is a 7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Troutdale, VA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Jefferson National Forest Trails

Mount Rogers Trail
Mount Rogers Trail is a 10.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Troutdale, VA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from February until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Mount Rogers Spur
Mount Rogers Spur is a 10 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Whitetop, VA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Elk Garden Trail
Elk Garden Trail is a 2.3 mile trail located near Troutdale, Virginia. The trail is primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Comers Creek Falls
Comers Creek Trail is located near Sugar Grove, VA. The trail is primarily used for hiking.
Cliffside Trail
Cliffside Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Troutdale, VA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.
Iron Mountain Trail
Iron Mountain Trail is a 10.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Damascus, VA that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and mountain biking.
Lewis Fork Trail
Lewis Fork Trail is located near Troutdale, VA. The trail is primarily used for hiking.
Helton Creek Trail
Helton Creek Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Whitetop, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October.
Whispering Waters Trail
Whispering Waters Trail is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Trout Dale, VA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Grassy Branch Trail
Grassy Branch Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Troutdale, VA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.
West End Circuit Trail
From wild ponies to majestic mountain top views, this hike traverses some of the most beautiful scenery in the Mount Rogers NRA. Hiking on some of the longest and most popular trails, including the extensive Appalachian Trail, the hiker will experience both high country and the rushing waters along the Virginia Creeper Trail, an old railroad converted Rails-to-Trails.
Rushing Waters Circuit Trail
Located within th Mount Rogers NRA, the 15.25 mile Rushing Waters Circuit Trail travles along portions of the Appalachian Trail and Iron Mountain Trail as well as the Whitetop-Laurel Creek Trail

Appalachian Trail Section Hiking

Whitetop Mountain to Green Cove Creek
Appalachian Trail: Whitetop Mountain to Green Cove Creek is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Whitetop, VA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.
AT and Scales Loop Trail
AT and Scales Loop Trail is a 3.8 mile loop trail (plus 8.2 mile hike on AT to get to the loop) located near Troutdale, VA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail. 
Iron Mountain and Bushy Mountain
Appalachian Trail: Iron Mountain & Brushy Mountain is a 23.1 mile point-to-point trail located near Troutdale, VA. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.
Elk Garden to Mount Rogers
Appalachian Trail: Elk Garden to Mount Rogers is a 8.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Trout Dale, VA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.
Raccoon Branch Wilderness Section
Appalachian Trail: Raccoon Branch Wilderness Section is a 8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sugar Grove, VA that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Damascus to Marion
Appalachian Trail (VA) – Damascus to Marion is a 70.3 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Damascus, VA that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Elk Garden to Buzzard Rock
Elk Garden to Buzzard Rock Via Appalachian Trail is a 6.9 mile loop trail located near Troutdale, VA that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running.

Other Outdoor Maps

Highest Peaks Map
20 of the top 50 highest mountain peaks of Virginia are in or around Smyth County! This map shows their locations.
Mount Rogers Regional Map
A Mount Rogers Regional Initiative highlighting outdoor and recreational activities in the region.
Blue Ridge Highlands Fishing Trail
A guide to eighteen premier fishing destinations within a four county region of Southwest Virginia
Smyth County Birding Loop
Exception birding locations including Whitetop Mountain, the Saltville Well Fields, and Laurel Bed Lake. There is potential to see such species as the Magnolia Warbler, Red Crossbills, Golden-Crowned Kinglet, Virginia Rail, Wilson’s Plover, Great Blue Heron, and many more!

Other Maps and Links

Saltville Town Map
Smyth County Artisan Trail
Discover our kaleidoscope of art, culture, and heritage including the Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts, the Lincoln Theatre, the Downtown Marion Art Walk, the Museum of the Middle Appalachians, and much more!
Back of the Dragon
Thirty two miles and over three hundred curves, the Back of the Dragon is the premier riding road in the nation! Ideal for sports cars or motorcycles, this road offers the most spectacular views you can find in the Appalachians. Crossing three mountains in its course from Marion, Virginia to Tazewell, Virginia, the Back of the Dragon offers knee dragging curves, switchbacks, limited access and elevation changes that no other motorcycle route can offer. After becoming a Dragon Master, stop in a local dive for lunch or dinner and spend some time riding the hundreds of miles of great by ways Tazewell County has to offer!
The Crooked Road
Experience first-hand how  music is woven into the rich tapestry of tradition in Southwest Virginia. The variety is amazing – old-time string bands, a cappella gospel, blues, 300 year old ballads, bluegrass, and more.
Mount Rogers National Recreation Area
Located in southwest Virginia, the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area (NRA) manages approximately 200,000 acres of National Forest land near Mount Rogers.  The area features four Congressionally designated wilderness areas; the Virginia Creeper Trail; the Mount Rogers Scenic Byway which traverses over 50 miles offering views of the National Recreation Area and open rural countryside; the 5000 acre Crest Zone featuring elevations over 4,000 feet, large rock formations, and a mixture of mountain balds and spruce-fir forests; a herd of wild, free-ranging ponies; and the highest elevated road in the state of Virginia leading to the summit of Whitetop Mountain.
Grayson Highlands State Park
Near Mount Rogers and Whitetop Mountain, Virginia’s two highest mountains, Grayson Highlands offers scenic views of alpine-like peaks more than 5,000 feet high. Facilities include a visitor center, campgrounds, and hiking trails leading to waterfalls and overlooks. Scenic horse trails and a horse camping area with electric and water hookups, stables and parking for trailers are available. The park provides year-round access to the Appalachian Trail and the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail

 

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