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Bath County Virginia Hiking Trails

Cocks Comb Trail

George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

Length:  0.25 miles
Rating: Strenuous

This trail has the most spectacular viewing opportunity on the district.  The quarter mile up hill hike to a rock outcropping is well worth the effort.  The view from the rocks stretches from southeast to north and on clear days it seems as if you can see all the way to the West Virginia State Line.

The trail starts at the pull off from FDR 447.  It climbs eight or more stone steps to the trailhead. From here the trail becomes pretty steep.  It is in good condition through to the end and varies in width from eighteen inches to three feet.  Glimpses of the awaiting view can be seen between the trees along the way.

Once at the top you can see the rich hold wilderness area to the north, Lake Robertson and Little House Mountain to the south and southeast, and I-64 stretching west into the Alleghenies.  Be sure to bring your camera for pictures of the view as well as wildflowers blooming along the trail.


The trail can be accessed in two ways.

One access is to exit I-64 at the Goshen exit and proceed south on FDR 447 about two and one half miles to the trailhead.  It is easy to miss the trailhead from this directions.

Another access is available from Longdale Furnace by taking the Longdale Furnace exit off I-64 and turning onto west U.S. 60.  Then turn left onto State Route 770.  Continue up 770 and turn left onto FDR 447.  The trailhead is about four mile north on the left hand side of the road.  The trailhead is easy to miss.  There is no sign or marking on FDR 447.

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