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North Fork Moorman's River Trail

Intermediate
 3.8 (5)

A pleasant creekside trail only a short drive from Charlottesville.


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3.7

Miles

5.9

KM

Point to Point

1,745' 532 m

High

1,072' 327 m

Low

687' 210 m

Up

15' 5 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Swimming · Waterfall

Family Friendly The swimming holes along this trail are fantastic and only about 3 feet deep.

Description

If starting at the lower parking lot, begin by hiking .5 miles up the road to the trailhead. There is only room for a few cars in the immediate vicinity of the trailhead.

About 0.4 miles into the hike, you arrive at the first creek crossing. While it is only an easy rock hop across in the late summer, plan to take off your shoes and ford it in April or May. The creek opens up into a large swimming hole to the left of the crossing. Cross the creek two more times shortly after this (these crossings are easier).

About 1.9 miles into the trail, Big Branch approaches from the left. To see Big Branch Falls, hike left before crossing Big Branch onto the Big Branch Falls Spur. The falls are very pretty in the spring, but amount to a little more than a trickle down a rock face later in the summer. Another small and shallow swimming hole is located immediately beneath the falls.

After returning from Big Branch Falls, cross Big Branch to continue on the trail. About 3.4 miles from the start, the trail turns into a fire road (NF Moorman's River Road) which continues up to Skyline Drive.

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Chris Higby

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  3.8 from 5 votes

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North Fork Moorman's River Trail, saw this guy having a snack, he wouldn't share
Aug 18, 2018 near Crimora, VA
North Fork Moorman's River Trail, family of cairn's
Aug 18, 2018 near Crimora, VA
North Fork Moorman's River Trail one of a few walls covered by greenery.
Aug 18, 2018 near Crimora, VA
North Fork Moorman's River Trail going up stream
Aug 18, 2018 near Crimora, VA
North Fork Moorman's River Trail, Cool outdoor dinning at its finest. Table and chairs. If you find it don't trash it. Leave it as you found it "clean".
Aug 18, 2018 near Crimora, VA
North Fork Moorman's River Trail, Mmmm I think someone surrendered their shorts???  My understanding is, if you hike this trail add a rock, so add one. But, keep your shorts on :)
Aug 18, 2018 near Crimora, VA

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Jun 26, 2020
Chris W
This trail is very popular with the locals in the summertime as there are several swimming holes in the creek.
Aug 30, 2019
Brian Winterhoff
Labor Day weekend hike with the Jebos and Everett's.
Jul 12, 2019
Michael Judge
Hiked this from Sugar Hollow parking to SkyLine drive. Peaceful and enjoyable with very few other hikers on a weekday. Thanks to the trail keepers!! 6.2mi — 2h 13m
Jun 18, 2019
Sarah Davis
May 11, 2019
Clay Farnsley
Trail was clear except one tree. River was low enough to walk across! 3.7mi — 3h 20m
Oct 11, 2017
Elizabeth Newton
May 9, 2016
Peter Denbigh
3 Creek crossings between lot and falls.
Jun 9, 2014
D Davis
3 river crossings