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Wise County Virginia Hiking Trails

Chief Benge Scout Trail

George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

The 15.7 mile Chief Benge Scout Trail starts at High Knob Observation Tower where the hiker can view 5 states.

Chief Benge Scout Trail is rated Strenuous and may be reached by following the signs from High Knob Observation Tower.


The trail has two trailhead parking lots. The upper trailhead is located off FS 238 at High Knob Observation Tower. It can be reached by taking State Route 619 south from Norton, Virginia to FS 238. Turn east on FS 238 and go the intersection of the High Knob Tower road approximately 1/4 mile. Follow the High Knob Tower road to the parking lot. 

The lower trailhead located off Forest Service Road 701 can be reached by following State Route 72 south from Coeburn, Virginia, to State route 664, then turn west on state route 664 for 1 mile to the intersection of FS 700. Follow FS 700 southeast to its intersection with Forest Service 701. Turn south on 701 and go 1 mile to the parking lot.
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