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Level: Easiest
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Fire Road
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: -
Total: 2 riders

Mountain Biking Guest River Trail

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#202 of 300 mountain bike trails in Virginia
#8,328 in the world

Rail trail in far southwestern Virginia. Very easy - 12 miles roundtrip through state scenic river gorge, part of recently designated 125-mile backroad/back country route system; this trail is bordered by sheer cliffs, hardwood trees and the river. Access is via U. S. Route 58-A at Coeburn, VA., then south on Route 72 for 2 miles and follow the signs, large parking area maintained by U.S. Forest Service. Coeburn is due west of Abingdon which is off of exits 17, 19, and 21 on Interstate 81.

First added by searsandrewj on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
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  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
"Email [email protected] for directions, equipment rental rates, lodging and other trails. Trail is located at St. Paul, VA., which is located on U.S. Route 58-A, 20 miles west of Abingdon which is accessed by I-81, exits 17, 19, and 21.
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  • cujo-two

    A scenic rail-to-trail with an easy downhill trip out and a workout of a pedal back. The trail is downhill on the way there which means the trip back is uphill almost the whole way. It's not a steep grade but you know it's uphill. The scenery is great as it's probably one of the most scenic rail trails we've been on with the big rock cliffs, a few waterfalls, and the river. It's a really neat trail but I didn't enjoy the pedal back.

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  • luvtwokayak

    Actually, it's the Guest River Gorge Trail, not the Guest River Trail, and it's located outside Coeburn, not St. Paul.
    This trail is sort of like the Virginia Creeper Trail's baby brother. The GRGT is much shorter, has a better, smoother surface, and its scenery isn't as varied, but it is stunning -- lots of towering rock formations, several waterfalls and a scenic river. It's gorgeous when the leaves are at their peak.
    I gave the trail a 3, mostly because of the scenery. The only challenge is the climb back up to the trailhead from the bottom, and the grade is pretty tame. A good ride for recreation, a family outing or fitness.* Review edited 11/8/2009

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