Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Piney Ridge Trail starts off from Forest Road (FR) 54 (Peters Creek Road) and heads up a finger ridge leading to Piney Ridge.  As the trail begins to reach the summit of Piney Ridge it enters the James River Face Wilderness.  The trail then continues through woods of pine, hemlock, and laurel to ascend to Piney Ridge and beyond until it intersects with FT #3001, Sulphur Springs Trail and FT #1, Appalachian Trail. 

Trail Open To:

Trail HikingBicycle RidingHorse Riding

At a Glance

Fees No fee.
Open Season: Open Year Round
Restrictions: A portion of this trail is in the James River Face Wilderness.  Group size is limited to no more than 10 people on these sections. 
  • Trail is open to:  Hiking, Bicycling, Horse Riding.
  • Trail is closed to all motorized vehicles.
Water: No drinking water available. All water taken from natural sources should be purified before use.
Restroom: None
Operated By: Glenwood & Pedlar Ranger Districts: (540) 291-2188
Information Center: Trail is located on National Geographic/Trails Illustrated Map #789.  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


Trailhead on Forest Road 54 (Peters Creek Road):  From US 501, approximately 1.5 miles from the James River crossing, turn onto FR 54 (state signed as Hunt Club Road).  Continue on this narrow gravel road past the Big Island Hunt and Fish Club Building.  Approximately 0.5 miles past the Club Building, bear right (uphill) to the parking area. 

General Notes:
  • Trail Length:  3.15 miles
  • Blazes:  None
  • Trail Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Connecting Trails:  FT #3001 - Sulphur Springs Trail, FT #1 - Appalachian Trail
  • Elevation:  Beginning at an elevation of 840 feet at the trailhead parking and climbing to 2,440 feet where the trail intersects FT #3001 (Sulphur Springs Trail).
  • 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 : 
3.15 miles

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  Elevation : 
840 feet - 2240 feet