“Enjoy a peaceful little back trail with a little challenge.”
— Mark P...
Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildlife
The park is open daily from 9-9 during daylight savings, and otherwise from 9-6.
Starting from the junction with the Jones Gap Trail
, the Coldspring Branch Trail follows a forested landscape as it makes a steady climb into more open terrain higher up.
Upon reaching the junction with the Bill Kimball Trail
, stay left to continue on Coldspring. Soon, you'll need to navigate several water crossings, some with foot bridges, and some where you'll need to get your feet wet. From here on out, the trail climbs steadily through terrain that can flow with water after heavy rains. Unfortunately, the vegetation is so thick on each side of the trail that it's no use to try and use the sides. Just embrace the water and trudge up.
At the junction with the Coldspring Connector Trail
, make a right to continue on the trail and climb to a ridgeline. Follow the ridgeline to reach the trail's end at a parking area.
Flora & Fauna
Oak, hickory, flowering dogwood, rhododendron, ferns, flowers, and mosses all grow in this area.
Animals in the area include black bears, white-tailed deer, reptiles, amphibians, wild turkey, wood peckers, warblers, eastern blue birds, and spring migratory songbirds to name a few. Brook, rainbow, and brown trout can be found in the rivers.