Jackson River Scenic Trail

Covington, Virginia

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Waterfalls, river views, rugged rock formations, vibrant fall foliage, and delicate flowers in the spring: these are the sights that put the scenic in Jackson River Scenic Trail. The peaceful rail-trail, nestled in the Allegheny Highlands of western Virginia, traces the route of what was once the Hot Springs Branch of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. It begins in Intervale, just north of Covington, and winds north, hugging the curves of its namesake river. Picnic benches along the water allow you to rest and take in the beautiful surroundings. For added adventure, you can kayak or canoe in the river, and it’s also known as an excellent place for trout fishing.

Jackson River Scenic Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Waterfalls, river views, rugged rock formations, vibrant fall foliage, and delicate flowers in the spring: these are the sights that put the scenic in Jackson River Scenic Trail. The peaceful rail-trail, nestled in the Allegheny Highlands of western Virginia, traces the route of what was once the Hot Springs Branch of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway.

It begins in Intervale, just north of Covington, and winds north, hugging the curves of its namesake river. Picnic benches along the water allow you to rest and take in the beautiful surroundings. For added adventure, you can kayak or canoe in the river, and it’s also known as an excellent place for trout fishing."

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails
Nearby City: Covington
Distance: 10.7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
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Access: Moderate
Season & Limits: Year-round
Local Contacts: jacksonrivertrail.com
Driving Directions: Directions to Jackson River Scenic Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/24/2017
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This is not correct information. Trail actually starts in Covington, Va right at the northern city limits off RT 220 next to the city's water treatment plant. The trail has been expanded and now is 13.5 miles long starting in Covington (parking only) and going north to the Alleghany/Bath county line passing thru the communities of Intervale (public restrooms and parking), Clearwater Park (parking only) Falling Springs (parking and primitive) and Natural Well (parking and primitive). Does use the old Hot Springs branch RR and is relatively flat with a 1-2% grade max. Nice views of the river and farmland and rock formations, and passes thru the back yards of several small subdivisions. My last trip on the newer upper part I watched a Bald Eagle for several minutes flying over the river.



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May 2018