Mercy Branch Trail
ElevationAscent: 438' 134 m
Descent: -29' -9 m
High: 3,552' 1,083 m
Low: 3,114' 949 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)
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“A mellow, graded steady uphill on a bed of pine needles.”— Steve Creech
The trail climbs slowly, often on a soft pine needle surface and often within a rhododendron tunnel. Towards the northeastern-most point on the trail in the last 1/4 mile, you'll start to see orange blazes which will take you to the signed and orange-blazed Rocky Ridge Trail. Mercy Branch can be taken as an out-and-back or as a loop combined with the Rocky Ridge Trail. Traveling counterclockwise (going up Mercy Branch and down Rocky Ridge) keeps the steepest parts of the loop as downhills.
Be sure to dress in bright colors during hunting season (generally fall and winter). The town of Narrows and nearby Pearisburg both have many trails and are investing in outdoor recreation. Stop in at local restaurants and stores to support these small towns so they continue to encourage outdoor recreation!
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