Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Formerly known as “Lovers Leap” Trail, the Cliff Trail is a moderately difficult scenic hike with an exceptional view. Parking is available on the left side of the road at the Hone Quarry Picnic Area.

Trail Open To:

Trail Hiking

At a Glance

Fees No fee
Open Season: Open Year Round
Closest Towns: Briery Branch, VA - ROCKINGHAM COUNTY
Water: Drinking water available.
Restroom: Vault Toilets open seasonally at nearby Hone Quarry picnic area
Operated By: North River Ranger District: (540) 432 - 0187
Information Center: Trail is located on National Geographic/Trails Illustrated Map #791.  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 Harrisonburg, VA: Take SR 42 south for approximately three miles to the intersection with SR 257 at Dayton. Turn right onto SR 257 and proceed until you reach a stop sign. Turn left, still on SR 257, to Briery Branch. Turn right, still on SR 257, and follow to the intersection of SR 257 and FR 62. Turn right onto FR 62 and travel 1.7 miles to the Hone Quarry Recreation Area. The trail begins on the right side of the road across from the picnic area.

General Notes:
  • Trail Length:  2.92 miles
  • Blazes:  Yellow
  • Trail Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Connecting Trails:  FT #428 - Meadow Knob Trail
  • Elevation:  1880 - 3480 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

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