Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The trail intersects with the Overflow Camping Area Paved Road which it follows to the bathrooms located in the Overflow Camping area.  This short easy trail loops along the west side of the campground, suitable for casual strolls and easy mountain biking.  There is nearly no elevation change.  The tread at the south end is compacted sand. After leaving the compacted sand surface, the trail continues straight ahead following a grassy cut through the forest to a brief access drive for a service building.  At this access you may turn right and head back to the Camping area or turn left to the Overflow Camping Area Paved Road.  Turn left to the Visitor Center and a walkway down to an overlook of the dam with seating.  The views of fjord-like Lake Moomaw and the massive earth-fill dam are impressive.  A good idea of the depth of the lake can be seen from looking downstream at the clear, rock-strewn Jackson River.

Trail Open To:

Trail HikingBicycle Riding

At a Glance

Current Conditions: undefined
Fees No fee.
Open Season: Open Year Round - undefined
Closest Towns: Falling Spring, VA - ALLEGHANY COUNTY
Water: No drinking water available. All water taken from natural sources should be purified before use.
Restroom: Flush Toilet at Trailhead in Campground; Seasonally.
Operated By: James River Ranger District: (540) 962 - 2214
Information Center: Trail is located on National Geographic/Trails Illustrated Map #788.  It is recommended that all trail users carry a reliable map at all times.  Maps may be purchased at some local District Ranger Stations, at outdoor retail locations or by visiting the National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated website.

General Information


From I-64:  Take exit 16A or 16B to Highway 220. Go north on Highway 220 for 5.6 miles and turn left onto State Route 687.  Go 3.2 miles and turn left onto State Route 641/666.  Travel north for 4.2 miles until you reach a three-way intersection.  Turn right onto State Route 605 and follow it to the Morris Hill Campground. 

General Notes:
  • Trail Length:  1.04 miles
  • Blazes:  Teal
  • Trail Difficulty:  Easy
  • Connecting Trails:  None
  • Elevation:  1770 feet to 2040 feet
  • Trail Access Points (Approximate LAT/LONG):
  • Trail Etiquette:  Trail etiquette for multiple use trails calls for horses to have the right-of-way.  Hikers should yield to horses.  Bicyclists should yield to horses and hikers.  Horse riders are responsible for the control of their horse at all times.

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  Area/Length : 
1.04 miles

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  Elevation : 
1770 feet - 2040 feet