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greenBlue Slave Falls Loop Trail

  4.0 ( 5 ) Favorite


3.2 mile 5.1 kilometer loop


Ascent: 378' 115 m
Descent: -368' -112 m
High: 1,674' 510 m
Low: 1,444' 440 m


Avg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)


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Trail shared by Cheryl Adelmeyer

A nice loop trail through wood with rock houses and arches.

Cheryl Adelmeyer

Features Fall Colors · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Family Friendly No cliffs or dangerous areas in conjunction with a mostly easy to navigate trail makes this good for all.


Highlights include a rockhouse and Needle Arch, both of which are located just .2 off trail. Slave Falls is also located about .2 miles off trail, and is a very pretty detour. This route is especially scenic when the Mountain Laurel is in full bloom, and hikers will enjoy the sprays of pink and white.


The hardest part was to finding the trail parking lot. When road comes to a Y stay right to avoid the equestrian parking lot. From there, a small trail-like road leads past the trail then to Sawmill trailhead where you park. There is a pit toilet at the trailhead.

The nice raised trail leads through woods and crosses the road. This trail is well marked with signs, which seems to be a recent improvement. There are bridges and it seems to be well traveled. I liked it that I didn't have to be hiking in poison ivy - even in a place where poison ivy thrives, there wasn't any to be had on this trail. The hills were not bad, and there were no city noises. We met no one so that was good, too! I did miss a good place to sit and eat lunch, which may be lacking here, but the loop is worthy nonetheless.

There are two highlights along the way; Slave Falls and Needle Arch. Though they can't be reached from this trail, continuing down the Slave Falls - Charit Creek Trail will bring you right past the arch, and to the Slave Falls Spur from which you can detour through a short loop to admire the falls. Simply turn around to return to this trail and the rest of your hike.

Flora & Fauna

Mountain Laurel and deer are both plentiful here.

History & Background

Local legend says that escaping slaves were hiding in this area during the days of the underground railroad.

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Mar 30, 2019
Natasha Stoltz
Feb 11, 2019
Casey Adkins
4.3mi — 2h 10m
Sep 12, 2018
Peter Konrad
Includes stops to needle arch and slave falls. 3.9mi
Apr 4, 2017
Brian Wiggins
Mar 6, 2016
Tommy Safranek
Nice trail along a creek to a tall waterfall and then over to Needle Arch. 3.2mi

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