“A pleasant trail with some great side spurs.”
— Ben King
The trail starts at Civic Park in Ewing, VA, crosses into Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, and begins as three miles of doubletrack that climbs about 2,000 feet through a series of switchbacks. There are several great vistas along the way, and you'll have several views of White Rocks up above the trail.
Continue past the pedestrian-only trail at 2.5 miles; you'll come down this way to wrap up the lollipop after White Rocks. At approximately 4 miles, you'll come to a trail junction with a trail to the Hensley Settlement to the left and the trail to White Rocks/Sand Cave
to the right. Take this right. The spur to Sand Cave
will be on your left a little ways down the trail. This side trail is worth the short hike to see the cave and waterfall.
At about 4.6 miles, you'll come to a horse barricade with a sign pointing to the Ewing Trail. If you continue straight, the spur will take you out to White Rocks which has some great overlooks. Take the right for a fun descent back to the Ewing Trail. Be careful on this section as many of the rock steps are a little loose. At the Ewing Trail, take a left and enjoy the pleasant 2.6-mile descent back to the trailhead.