Chestnut Ridge

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  3.0 from 1 vote
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Rank: #6 in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area area
#336 in VA, #11,865 Overall
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Trail in the area near Chilhowie,
“Straight line descending on this trail.”
Paul Stahlschmidt on Apr 10, 2014
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1.62.7 milesKilometers 84’26 m Ascent 3,562’1,086 m High 11% Avg Grade (6°)
Singletrack Type -905’-276 m Descent 2,741’835 m Low 41% Max Grade (23°)
Chestnut Ridge begins at Shaw Gap on the north side of Iron Mountain trail. After a half mile of gentle downhill and then a short climb, the plunge gets steep and follows a descending ridge. This trail is incised in places with rocks (and usually leaves) in the ditch. Sometimes referred to locally as "Mill Creek," it is also known to have frequent blowdowns, so be prepared to get over logs that have fallen in the trail.

At about 1.5 mi, near the bottom, there is a hard RIGHT that arrives just after the steep section in a wet, rooty area. Take a right here and you'll be at the bottom quickly.
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4.0 (1)
A great loop that offers lots of variety and traverses the Iron Mountain Ridge.
near Chilhowie, VA
4.0 (2)
A variety of trails in the Rush Creek area of the Iron Mountains.
near Chilhowie, VA
4.0 (1)
A ridgeline out-and-back in Southern Virginia.
near Glade Spring, VA

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  1.7 from 3 votes
Shaw Gap (Chilhowie, VA)