ElevationAscent: 2,561' 781 m
Descent: -2,562' -781 m
High: 3,866' 1,178 m
Low: 2,578' 786 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)
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“A loop ride through the heavily forested Iron Mountain Range of Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.”— Lost Justpastnowhere
The trails connecting these two long distance trails are both steep, technical singletracks. The long distance trails are more tame. This section of the VHHT is mostly forest road with a short singletrack segment. This section of the IMT is all singletrack.
The Henley Hollow Trail #306 ends at a forest road section of the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail (VHHT) #337: Divide Trail to US21. Turn left and follow it a short distance down to the gravel CCC Camp Road. Turn right onto CCC Camp Road for about 0.5 mile. Just before you reach US 21, the Dry Run Gap #4613 trail begins its narrow, steep, uphill climb to the IMT on the left side of CCC Camp Road.
At the end of Dry Run Gap #4613, turn left onto the Iron Mountain Trail #301: US 21 to Divide Trail singletrack. This is an easier, singletrack and the next four miles are no-nonsense earthen singletrack that winds its way peacefully through the dense forest.
At the intersection at the end of Iron Mountain Trail #301: US 21 to Divide Trail, turn left onto the Divide Trail #309. After a short, flat prelude, this becomes a steep, somewhat technical descent down to CCC Camp Road. Point the front wheel down and hang on!
When you reach CCC Camp Road, cross it to onto the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail (VHHT) #337: Divide Trail to US21. The VHHT climbs for about a mile on the gated Forest Road 4009. After the first mile, the forest road makes a hairpin turn but the VHHT continues as a singletrack as it climbs through the forest towards Horse Heaven Peak. You'll cross almost right over the peak around the ten-mile mark and then you've got about five miles of nearly continuous downhill to look forward to.
Shortly after the Horse Heaven peak, the VHHT follows a former forest road. Most of this segment of the VHHT is heavily forested beneath pine and hemlock trees, but in a few places the forest canopy breaks enough to offer views of the equally forested opposite side of the East Dry Run Fork Creek Valley. Watch for the turn off to the Henley Hollow Trail #306 at about 12.5 miles as it's easy to miss if you're headed downhill in a hurry on VHHT. Henley Hollow Trail #306 is then a fun, technical descent back to the trailhead.
Land Manager: USFS - George Washington & Jefferson National Forests
Apr 15, 2019: Longdale Recreation Area open to foot traffic only