A classic trail in Wythe County that's full of steep, short ridge line climbs and steep, rocky downhills. It can be done as a loop from the campground to the day use area, with a 3 mile road run back to the campground, or vice versa.
As mapped, the trail starts at the campground and ascends, steeply in places, up the ridge. It traverses the ridgeline for around 3 miles before dropping back to the side of the ridge to the road.
Access to the west end of the trail is through Stony Fork Campground. Dogs must be leashed there. Leashes are optional for the rest of the trail but there are sections with steep slopes and loose edges along the trail etc. Use common sense.... The Seven Sisters Trail runs off of a one mile loop nature trail in the campground.
There is no charge to run through the campground to access the trail but there are fees for showers and possibly parking within the campground. Check with the volunteer hosts of park along VA 717 outside the campground.
There is no reliable water source other than the spigots at Stony Fork Campground and the branch of Stony Fork that is next to the eastern end of the trail at the trailhead parking lot where, of course, you'll need to filter the water.
There are limited long range views when leaves are on the trees but there should be some really good views when the leaves are down. Leaf changing season should be spectacular there. Parts of the trail, particularly the mile or so closest to the east end day use parking area are a tunnel of rhododendrons and laurels that were in bloom when we hiked it in the second week of July. They made some great pictures!
Shared By: Mike May