South Valley Trail
ElevationAscent: 197' 60 m
Descent: -517' -158 m
High: 375' 114 m
Low: 55' 17 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“An iconic trail amidst dense hardwood forests and babbling mountain streams in the heart of Prince William Forest Park.”— Hunter R
Starting from the trailhead near the Oak Ridge Campground, follow the trail southwest as it begins a long journey through deciduous forests. On this section of the trail, keep your eyes peeled for signs of fire damage on local flora. Back in 2006, a voracious forest fire ripped through this area, burning over 300 acres of the surrounding forest. Impressively, the blaze was curtailed thanks to the courageous efforts of numerous wildland firefighter teams.
After enjoying this section of trail, continue south to pass through more gorgeous forests on your way to reach the Camp 5 Dam and the cabin camps across the water. Wave to your fellow recreators before continuing on through similar forested terrain nestled between the bends of the South Fork Quantico Creek.
From here on out, this trail maintains a similar character as it navigates through junctions with the High Meadows Trail, various road crossings, and the Turkey Run Ridge Trail before reaching its end at a junction with the North Valley Trail.
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Land Manager: NPS - Prince William Forest Park