Guest River Gorge Trail

Jefferson National Forest, Virginia

Distance5.5mi
Elevation Gain1,854ft
Trailhead Elevation1,961ft
Top2,049ft
Elevation Min/Max1388/2049ft
Elevation Start/End1961/1961ft

Guest River Gorge Trail

Guest River Gorge Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Russell County, Scott County, and Wise County, Virginia. It is within Jefferson National Forest. It is 5.5 miles long and begins at 1,961 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,854 feet.

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Hiking through History Virginia (Falcon Guides)
Johnny Molloy
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"This hike combines history and natural beauty in the rugged mountains of southwest Virginia. Here in the Jefferson National Forest, you will hike a trail that was once a railroad grade. First pass through the Swede Tunnel, then cross the Guest River—a Virginia State Scenic River—on a high bridge. Continue down the cliff- and bluffrimmed canyon, viewing giant streamside boulders. Pass your first waterfall, then come to a stair-step cascade set in a rock-rimmed glen before turning around. The Guest River Gorge Trail, like many rail trails, took a while to come into being. Fortunately, the Jefferson National Forest saw an opportunity when this leg of the Interstate Line was abandoned. After hiking this rail-turned-trail, you will see why the term “gorge” is used when describing the valley of the Guest River." Read more

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7/22/2009
Great trail for walking or biking. Nice scenery with a nice wide trail. Coming back out of the trail is quite a climb though. most of it is uphill.
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6/25/2009
This is a very beautiful trail. I went down the trail on a Thursday and only saw a few folks. One down side, I know that four-wheelers are banned but there was evidence that this ban is being violated. There are several small water falls along the trail that adds to the overall enjoyment. I would recommend this trail for families and walkers, the tunnel is very cool.
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8/10/2008
This trail is well worth the diversion as you do the crooked road music trail. The summer wildflowers were amazing in the warmth and damp of August. Once you get a mile in to the walk, you should be very much by yourself to enjoy the silence of this remote setting.
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Trail Information

Jefferson National Forest
Nearby City
Jefferson National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
Boating, Fishing
Additional Use
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Dec 2018