Pine Mountain Trail

Pound, Virginia

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Pine Mountain Trail traces a razor’s edge along the Virginia-Kentucky border. You’re walking a geological fault line known as an overthrust plate—a chunk of the earth’s crust that buckled, broke, and ramped up over another chunk hundreds of millions of years ago. The resulting terrain slopes gently east to Virginia, while to the west, sheer drops of 500 feet or more fall away into Kentucky. The stunning views, combined with the rugged terrain make this one of Virginia’s most dramatic and scenic trails. The length of the trail and its remoteness make it one of the most challenging as well.
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Hiking Virginia

by Bill and Mary Burnham (Falcon Guides)

Pine Mountain Trail traces a razor’s edge along the Virginia-Kentucky border. You’re walking a geological fault line known as an overthrust plate—a chunk of the earth’s crust that buckled, broke, and ramped up over another chunk hundreds of millions of years ago.

The resulting terrain slopes gently east to Virginia, while to the west, sheer drops of 500 feet or more fall away into Kentucky. The stunning views, combined with the rugged terrain make this one of Virginia’s most dramatic and scenic trails.
The length of the trail and its remoteness make it one of the most challenging as well.

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

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Pound
Distance: 15.7
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 8-10 hours
Season: Year round; deer hunting season from October to January
Additional Use: Hunting
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Clinch Ranger District, Wise (276) 328-2931; www.fs.usda.gov/gwj Pine Mountain Trail Conference, PO Box 784, Whitesburg, KY 41858; (606) 633-2362 www.pinemountaintrail.com
Local Maps: USGS Jenkins West, Jenkins East, Clintwood, Hellier, Elkhorn City
Driving Directions: Directions to Pine Mountain Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/27/2012
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If this ridge walk is on your to-do list, then you might want to reconsider. Except for about 8 miles of mostly single track between Birch Knob and north to Goldfish Pond, this 27 mile hike does not offer much more than a fancy web presence and a deceivingly simple web site trail map. The trail is poorly marked, or not marked at all, strewn with litter, has long stretches without water and is utterly confusing to navigate. During my three-day backpacking trip I treaded on miles of rocky, eroded, steep forest roads and weaved my way through a warrens of intersecting, unmarked junctions. Granted there are some views to be had and great work is being done by a group of dedicated volunteers from the Pine Mountain Trail Conference, but in my opinion, this trail is not yet ready for the hype it has received. Improvements are underway. A new shelter (the only one on this section) was under construction at Birch Knob during my trip.



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