Huckleberry Loop

Pembroke, Virginia

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Two of Virginia’s long trails, the Appalachian Trail and the Allegheny Trail, pass through Peters Mountain Wilderness, a patch of forestland on the steep ridge that constitutes the Virginia–West Virginia border. But neither well-traveled trail quite captures what it means for a forest to turn wild as well as the Huckleberry Loop. The trail down Dismal Creek on the eastern slope of Peters Mountain is as rough as they come, overrun with rhododendron, blocked by blowdowns, and often lost altogether in the streambed. There are car-size boulders en route, and rotted logs litter the creek bed. This trail sums up everything a wilderness should be: beautiful, difficult, and, in the end, extremely satisfying.
Hiking Virginia

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Hiking Virginia

by Bill and Mary Burnham (Falcon Guides)

Two of Virginia’s long trails, the Appalachian Trail and the Allegheny Trail, pass through Peters Mountain Wilderness, a patch of forestland on the steep ridge that constitutes the Virginia–West Virginia border. But neither well-traveled trail quite captures what it means for a forest to turn wild as well as the Huckleberry Loop.

The trail down Dismal Creek on the eastern slope of Peters Mountain is as rough as they come, overrun with rhododendron, blocked by blowdowns, and often lost altogether in the streambed. There are car-size boulders en route, and rotted logs litter the creek bed. This trail sums up everything a wilderness should be: beautiful, difficult, and, in the end, extremely satisfying.

© 2013 Bill and Mary Burnham/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Pembroke
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year round; hunting season busiest from November through January
Additional Use: Hunting
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Eastern Divide Ranger District, Blacksburg (540) 552-4641
Local Maps: USGS Interior
Driving Directions: Directions to Huckleberry Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

4/16/2008
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Beautiful trail, much of it under the canopy of rhododendrons. It would be an unbelievable hike when they are in bloom. No signs of any other hikers. Save for a single cable on the first river crossing, all other river crossings were to be negotiated without assistance.


3/24/2007
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Great trail, partially through Peter's Mountain Wilderness. This has something for everyone. The 3 major Creek crossings proved to be tough (bridges out, etc.) but after that, It wasn't so hard. Thick Rhododendron cover for a while makes it hard to follow, and the section listed difficult (downhill following Dismal Branch) was the most exciting part of the trip. Make sure to keep an eye out for the yellow blaze, which are non-existent in some sections. Ultimately, a beautiful hike and rewarding for all the effort.


9/26/2006
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I did this on a wet day. Actually, the rain turned to driving as we started on the toughest section of the trail as it heads downhill along (well, through) the stream. This is the highlight and makes this trail come in as pretty difficult. The blazes disappear in this section, but don't sweat it. Just do some rock-hopping down the stream and concede wet feet. The blazes reappear where it levels off. Some beautiful forest and a bunch of good stream crossings.


5/17/2003
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It was overcast and i was wet and cold, but overall, the trail was beautiful. It was peaceful and it had beautiful vegetation. A good run everytime i go there.



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Apr 2018