Guest River Gorge TrailGuest River Gorge Trail Parking Area & Trail Head, 2800 VA Route 72, Coeburn, VA 24230
Rails to trails project that follows an old railroad right of way paralleling the Guest River, a Virginia Scenic River. Trout fishing is permitted in the river, as well as kayacking and canoeing. During the early 1900’s when timber and coal were being hauled out of the remote areas of Dickenson County, this passage was used as a rail line. The history of the Gorge shows that millions of years ago the Guest River eroded a passage through Stone Mountain on its way to join the Clinch River. Cutting through massive rock, it opened a deep rock corridor that is a scenic wonder. Many other curiosities exist along the six mile trail, including an old railroad tunnel, bridges using the remaining railroad trestles, waterfalls and rock outcroppings.
Parking and Trail Access
The Guest River Gorge Trail is an out-and-back trail, so there is only one endpoint. From US Alt Hwy. 58, head south on State Route 72 near Coeburn towards Flatwoods. Travel for 2.3 miles on this curvy, two-lane road. You will pass the Flatwoods Picnic Area on your right, and very soon afterward, you will reach a sign for the Guest River Gorge on your left. Turn left onto this paved road, which is Forest Road 2477, and drive for 1.4 miles until you reach the parking lot. The trailhead is marked with a kiosk at the edge of the parking area. http://www.traillink.com/trail/guest-river-gorge-trail.aspx