Lick Branch Loop

New Castle, Virginia 24127

Lick Branch Loop

Lick Branch Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This circuit hike is long on solitude. The woodsy walk leads up a slender hollow then climbs Lick Mountain before dropping to Lick Branch. Descend narrow Lick Branch valley, making seemingly innumerable crossings of the oft-dry upper creek, then delve deep into the lower perennial segment, crossing more. Pass a couple of wetweather waterfalls. Leave the stream at an alternate trailhead, and return to the trailhead via a gravel forest road.

This a low-elevation mountain hike, good for when the high country is excessively cold yet you want to be in the mountains. It is good for solitude as well, as the circuit is off the beaten path and doesn’t have any specific highlights, rather a constant level of beauty expected in the Appalachian Mountains of the Old Dominion. However, this is not a recommended hike after heavy rains. The hollows that you will be heading up and down require more than several bridgeless crossings, and the hiking could be tough if the streams are up. A good way to gauge the level of Lick Creek and the other unnamed tributary along which you hike is checking the unnamed tributary at the Ferrier Trail trailhead."

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Trail Information

New Castle
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
3.5 hours
1,340 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,080 feet
Top Elevation
George Washington & Jefferson National Forests, Eastern Divide Ranger District, 110 Southpark Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24060; 540-552-4641,
Local Contacts
National Geographic #788, Covington/Alleghany Highlands; USGS Catawba
Local Maps

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Dec 2018