Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Blue Suck Run Trail is an easy hike with many stream crossings.  It begins at the southern gate in Longdale Recreation Area and follows Blue Suck Branch upstream to the intersection of FR 271A.  The trail is an old roadbed with a grassy tread that gains altitude as it approaches FR 271A.  Once past the first stream crossing, there are steep ridges on either side of the trail.  Note: during the spring when the water is up, it may be difficult to cross without getting wet.  There are signs of wildlife and a wide variety of wildflowers along the trail.  The Rhododendron is thick in places along the stream which provides for a spectacular springtime show.  

Trail Open To:

Trail HikingBicycle RidingHorse Riding

At a Glance

Fees No fee.
Open Season: Open Year Round
Closest Towns: Longdale Furnace, VA - ALLEGHANY COUNTY
Water: No drinking water available. All water taken from natural sources should be purified before use.
Restroom: None
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 35 and travel west on SR 60 for approximately 2.1 miles.  Turn left into Longdale Recreation Area and continue to the last parking area on the right.

General Notes:
  • Trail Length:  1.70 miles
  • Blazes:  None
  • Trail Difficulty:  Easy
  • Connecting Trails:  FT #468 - Cove Trail
  • Elevation:  1320 to 1600 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.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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