Grief Hill Day Use Area / Trailhead

Trailhead accesses trail that was an old wagon route built in 1864. It’s steep and treacherous with beautiful vistas. Builder and rancher King Woolsey charged soldiers and civilians two cents per mile for its use in the old days.

Provides access to:



  • No drinking water
  • No garbage service- Please pack it out

At a Glance

Fees: No
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Camp Verde, AZ
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

  • This site has ample parking, with turn-around for trailers and a hitching rack for horses.


From Camp Verde, AZ: Northwest on Hwy 260 to Cherry Rd. (County Rd 75 which is 2.7 miles north of I-17). Left on Cherry Rd. for 2.2 miles. Trailhead is on the left. (Note: Cherry Rd. is only paved for part of the way to the trailhead, but is accessible to passenger vehicles during dry weather.)

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

  • Mountain bikes are allowed to use this trail.

Day Hiking

Horse Riding

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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3,600 feet