Little Stony National Recreation Trail

4:46PM August 18, 2018
Written by Pam Vance

Little Stony National Recreation Trail is located between Coeburn and Dungannon on a narrow gauge railroad bed that was constructed in the early 1900’s for logging. The 2.8 mile trail follows the stream through a 400 foot deep and 1,700 foot wide gorge. Large rock outcrops, ledges, and boulders form the scenic edges along Little Stony Creek, including two waterfalls 8 and 24 ft high. You can also see the large rock outcrop at the Hanging Rock Picnic Area.

It is classified as being medium in degree of difficulty. Much of the trail is wide and barrier free, but there are places where the trail crosses side hollows and goes across Stony Creek where it is necessary to climb over large rocks and boulders. Fishing is also allowed along the streams, the sheer size of the canyon and roaring sound of rushing water gives the hiker an exciting experience.  Some enthusiasts kayak Little Stony, offering the thrill of whitewater adventure and great photo-ops.

The lower segment of the Chief Benge Scout Trail shares the same route with this trail and is contained within the Jefferson National Forest.

From Coeburn VA: From the intersection of Alternate 58 and Highway 72 South, follow 72 south for 3.4 miles. Turn right on SR 664/Corder Town Road and follow for 1.1 miles. Turn left on FR 700 and follow for 1.3 miles, then turn left on FR 701. It is 0.8 miles to the Falls of Little Stony parking lot.

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