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Wise County Virginia Hiking Trails

Phillips Creek Loop Trail

George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

The 1.3 mile Phillips Creek Loop Trail is a self guided trail that requires only a narrative trail brochure, and is rated Easy. There are stops on the trail, the first in a wildlife clearing for deer, turkey and other wild game. Next you will pass an old homestead, and traces of the house may still be found. There is a White Pine stand that was planted in the 1950's. At the next stop is an Eastern Hemlock log to count the annual rings. Across the creek you can see the remnants of an old moonshine still. 

The next stop is a very pretty waterfall along a high sandstone cliff. Proceed on to an old Indian hunting camp. As you start down the trail back to the parking lot you will be on an old railroad grade used in the late 1890's and 1900's to haul logs.

Trailhead is on far end of picnic area. Cross footbridge and follow signs on trail.


Take US 23 toward Pound, turn west on VA 671. Follow VA 671 5.5. miles to Phillips Creek Recreation Area.

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