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Drop off the side of the mountain, follow Wilson Branch Creek for a while, and then climb back up the mountain.


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2.5

Miles

4.1

KM

Singletrack

4,322' 1,317 m

High

3,703' 1,129 m

Low

275' 84 m

Up

688' 210 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

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Description

It's better to start this trail from the main camping area in Grayson Highlands State Park. The trail starts behind the camp store.

You'll drop 500 ft in no time on a narrow singletrack through heavy forest down to Wilson Branch Creek. The trail then merges with Old Upchurch Road (a doubletrack) for about a mile. This segment is relatively tame.

After that, you'll take a sharp right to continue following Wilburn Branch Trail. You'll pay for the earlier fast downhill by climbing to the Homestead historical area within the park. The climb up to the homestead doesn't seem that well used, so the trail may be overgrown.

Once you get to the homestead area, you can (i) run the trail in the reverse direction (but remember the hellacious descent will become a hellacious climb), (ii) backtrack until Old Upchurch Road branches off to the right just before the hellacious climb and take Old Upchurch Road back to the main camping area, or (iii) take the park roads back to the main camping area.

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Stopping for a soda at the general store in Grayson Highlands.
Aug 5, 2021 near Marion, VA
The Wayne C. Henderson Stage, Homestead Area in Grayson Highlands State Park at the southern end of the Wilburn Branch Trail.
Jul 10, 2017 near Marion, VA

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