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Sandstone Falls Loop

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Length

1.1 Miles 1.7 Kilometers

100%

Runnable

60%

Singletrack

Elevation

31' 9 m

Ascent

-31' -9 m

Descent

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

1,297' 395 m

High

1,279' 390 m

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A peaceful run through reclaimed farmlands, ending at stunning views of Sandstone Falls.

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Overview

The Sandstone Falls Loop is a short, scenic loop through historic farmland that ends at viewpoints of the dazzling Sandstone Falls.
Features: Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Waterfall
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

Be sure to bring your camera on this run, as Sandstone Falls provides wonderful photo opportunities.

Description

From the Sandstone Falls Boardwalk Parking Area, run along the path a few hundred meters before reaching a junction with the Island Loop Trail. Head north along the Island Loop Trail, traveling clockwise through farmlands undergoing a natural transition back to woodlands.

Upon reaching the junction with the Sandstone Falls Boardwalk, head south across a wooden bridge onto an island situated in the middle of the New River. Follow the boardwalk to its end, at which point visitors can expect fantastic views of Sandstone Falls.

After enjoying the falls, return along the boardwalk to the junction with the Island Loop Trail, heading west to return to the parking area.

History & Background

The area along the Island Loop Trail was originally cut from the surrounding forest to be used as both pasture for livestock and fields for cultivating crops. However, after farming ending on this property, nearby forests began to reclaim this area. Today, reclamation is ongoing, and will continue until the forest reaches maturity.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - New River Gorge

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