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Alleghany County Virginia Hiking Trails

Yaccr's Run Trail


George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

The 2.2 mile Yaccr's Run Trail is a more difficult hike with stream crossings and some short steep climbs.  The well marked trail winds around the recreation area in the hollows and on the small ridgetops. The hollows and ridges provide a great diversity in plant species.   Rhododendron, wildflowers and other moist site species are visible in the hollows, while yellow pines and scarlet oaks are abundant on the ridges.

Yaccr's Run Trail begins with a climb to the top of a small ridge.  It follows along the ridgetop and provides a view of the valley and mountains.  The trail continues up the ridge gaining altitude until it intersects Anthony’s Knob Trail.  From there it turns east and drops down to Blue Suck Branch and the intersection of the Blue Suck Run Trail.  As it continues east the trail crosses Blue Suck Branch.  This is a deep crossing and during wet periods it will be difficult to keep dry.

From Blue Suck Branch the trail climbs to another ridgetop that offers a good view of North Mountain.  From that ridge it winds down into a drain, which the trail follows for a short distance then crosses over to Downy Branch.  This is also a deep and wide stream crossing during wet periods.  After crossing Downy Branch the trail intersects and follows the North mountain Trail on the side of a ridge and down into the recreation area.

Yaccr's Run Trail can be hiked from either direction.  It is a short and enjoyable hike for the entire family with a great diversity in terrain.  This hike should take forty-five minutes to an hour and fifteen minutes to complete the loop.

Longdale Recreation Area is open Memorial Day through Labor Day.  There is a two dollar ($2.00) parking fee for vehicles in the recreation area.


Yaccr’s Run Trail is located in the Longdale Recreation Area.  From I-64 take the Longdale furnace exit and head west on U.S. Route 60.  Turn left into the Longdale Recreation Area .

Parking is available at Longdale Recreation Area.  The first parking area on the right is the best place to park for trailhead access.


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