Hike Sentinel Point and Mill Creek Falls

Narrows, Virginia

5.0/5
based on 3 reviews

Details

Distance

7.8 miles

Elevation Gain

1800 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Elyse Clark

This scenic 7.8 mile hike has three waterfalls, a view of the New River and Wolf Creek Valley, and is rarely crowded.

There are many trails in the area so here is a map to start out because it can get confusing:http://gilescounty.org/images2/Map-Town%20Farm-Hiking%20Trails%20%282010%29.pdf.

From the parking area, keep to the left side of the stream and head up the gravel road. You'll soon come to the Mill Creek dam, which has a shelter and picnic area. Continue to stay to the left of the stream, as the gravel road turns into a rocky trail here. Stay on the trails closest to the stream (marked by signs that say "waterfalls") and soon you will arrive at the first of three falls. The second and third waterfalls are well-marked spur trails off to the right of the trail.

To go to Sentinel Point, continue on the trail past the waterfalls and you will intersect the "Piney Road Trail". Turn right onto the trail, then turn right again onto "Shortcut". After 0.33 miles this trail intersects "Grassy Road". Turn right and ascend the steep hill for a great view of the town of Narrows and the New River.

Simply retrace your steps back down Grassy Road, left on Shortcut, left on Piney Road Trail, left on Catwalk , then stay by the stream to return to your car.

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Waterfall
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Reviews

Didn’t have a lot of time but wanted to get in a quick hike before we return for a longer one. The hike up to the first falls is beautiful with plenty to look at. While smaller than cascades we actually enjoyed this area more. Had the trail to ourselves up and back out. It really was a beautiful hike. Be aware of the dampness when you go. Rocks and the leaf coverage was fairly slippery but nothing a beginner couldn’t handle if you’re in good shoes.

Gorgeous, scenic, and rarely, if ever-crowded. Even on the weekends, you might run across 2-4 other groups of hikers, at most. The Waterfalls Trail is incredible & weaves through the gorgeous woods alongside the river and through beautiful rock gardens. Don’t be fooled: the trail up to the first waterfall is a bit steep, & the second is even steeper, but worth it! The first waterfall is a perfect place for a dip to cool off. Moderate level hike.

The waterfalls are not as large as the Cascades, but it doesn't require a parking fee and is never crowded. It is the perfect summer time place to check out and dip for a second.

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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