The trail follows the old Norfolk/Southern Rail-Bed Route for 5.9 miles.  Originally used for hauling coal that was mined near the gorge, the Norfolk/Southern abandoned the rail-bed in 1988 and donated the land to the FS. The ties were removed but the trestles remained. 

Trail Open To:

Trail HikingBicycle Riding

At a Glance

Fees No fee.
Open Season: Open Year Round
Restrictions: No horses allowed.  Hunting, trapping and camping are not allowed.
  • Trail is open to:  Hiking, Bicycling
  • Trail is closed to all motorized vehicles.
Closest Towns: Coeburn, VA
Water: No drinking water available. All water taken from natural sources should be purified before use.
Restroom: Vault Toilet at Parking Lot; Open Year Round.
Operated By: Clinch Ranger District: (276) 679-8370
Information Center: Trail is located on National Geographic/Trails Illustrated Map #793.  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 Coeburn VA:  Follow Highway 72 south for 2.2 miles.  The entrance for Guest River Gorge parking lot is on the left just past Flatwoods Group Picnic Area.

General Notes:
  • Trail Length:  5.9 miles
  • Blazes:  None
  • Trail Difficulty:  Easy
  • Connecting Trails:  None
  • Elevation:  1410 feet to 1900 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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