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Bedford County Virginia Hiking Trails

Sulphur Spring Trail

Length:  6.6 miles
Rating:  Moderate
Elevation change 1425 feet to 2600 feet.

The trail ascends on an old roadbed. At 160 feet, enter James River Face Wilderness. At 0.25 mile pass Sulphur Spring on left of trail. At 2.9 miles cross Appalachian Trail and intersection (on right) with old road. About 0.2 mile up old road is seasonal water hole (on left) for horses. About 125 feet further on Sulphur Spring Trail the Piney Ridge Trail intersects on the right.

Easier grade along next section of trail. At about 5 miles, good views of James River Gorge. At 5.2 miles, cross Appalachian Trail. Grade generally descending on balance of trail. At 6.6 miles, Sulphur Spring Trail ends with end of old roadbed and Balcony Falls Trail begins.


From VA Route 130 at Natural Bridge Station, turn south on VA Route 759. Go 3.2 miles and turn east (left) on VA Route 781. (At 1.5 miles pavement ends and at 1.8 miles road designation changes to FS Road 35). Go 3.2 miles to trail head - room for parking 2 or 4 cars.

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