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Sandstone Falls Loop

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 4.5 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A peaceful hike through reclaimed farmlands, ending at stunning views of Sandstone Falls.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.7

KM

Loop

1,297' 395 m

High

1,279' 390 m

Low

31' 9 m

Up

31' 9 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Family Friendly This hike's gentle grades, manageable length, and spectacular views make it a wonderful option for families with children.

Overview

The Sandstone Falls Loop is a short, scenic loop through historic farmland that ends at viewpoints of the dazzling Sandstone Falls.

Need to Know

Be sure to bring your camera on this hike, as Sandstone Falls provides wonderful photo opportunities.

Description

From the Sandstone Falls Boardwalk Parking Area, hike along the path a few hundred meters before reaching a junction with the Island Loop Trail. Head north along the Island Loop Trail, traveling clockwise through farmlands undergoing a natural transition back to woodlands.

Upon reaching the junction with the Sandstone Falls Boardwalk, head south across a wooden bridge onto an island situated in the middle of the New River. Follow the boardwalk to its end, at which point visitors can expect fantastic views of Sandstone Falls.

After enjoying the falls, return along the boardwalk to the junction with the Island Loop Trail, heading west to return to the parking area.

History & Background

The area along the Island Loop Trail was originally cut from the surrounding forest to be used as both pasture for livestock and fields for cultivating crops. However, after farming ending on this property, nearby forests began to reclaim this area. Today, reclamation is ongoing, and will continue until the forest reaches maturity.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - New River Gorge

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Aug 9, 2019
Private User
Jun 5, 2018
Michelle Hill
1.1mi
Jan 24, 2018
Wendy Graham
Great day for a hike. Didn’t have a lot of time, but I enjoyed it.
Sep 18, 2017
Maggie Louden
Wonderful views of Sandstone Falls reached by boardwalks between islands
Jul 31, 2017
Katie O'Malley
Jul 26, 2017
Jennifer Mehring
beautiful hike, we did the loop and did a bit of climbing on the rocks up and around the falls
Jun 20, 2017
Terri Rosenwald
Feb 17, 2017
Eric Konecny