Guest River Gorge Trail (Forest Trail #216)

Area Status: Open

The Guest River Gorge trail is an accessible out-and-back trail that follows the old Norfolk/Southern railroad bed for 5.9 miles. This flat and paved trail has great views of tall cliffs, waterfalls, and goes through an old railroad tunnel. The original railroad was used for hauling coal mined near the gorge. Though the ties were removed, its trestles and tunnel remain. This trail is popular all year round.

Trail Open To:

Trail HikingBicycle Riding

At a Glance

Open Season: Trail is open all year.
Restrictions: Camping is not permitted in the Guest River Gorge Day Use area and trailhead. When recreating on Forest Service Lands, follow the Forest Rules for Visitors and Forest Supervisor’s Orders.  Motorized use, including e-bikes, is prohibited. This trail is open to hiking and biking. This trail is not appropriate for horses. 

All visitors should follow Tread Lightly and Leave No Trace guidelines.     
Closest Towns: Coeburn, VA
Water: No drinking water available. All water taken from natural sources should be purified before use.
Restroom: There is a vault toilet at the trailhead parking lot open year round.
Operated By: Clinch Ranger District: (276) 679-8370
Information Center: For more information contact: Clinch Ranger District 1700 Park Avenue SW, Norton, VA 24273. 276-679-8370 Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 12:00 and 12:30 - 4:30 Current weather conditions for Coeburn, VA:

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:
  • (Approximate LAT/LONG):
    • LAT 36.92 LONG -82.45

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  Area/Length : 
5.9 miles

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  Elevation : 
1410 feet - 1900 feet