The McDowell Battlefield
Trail leads to the
top of Sittlington Hill and the core of the McDowell
Battlefield. A marker will direct you either east
returning to the parking area or west to continue
to the western end of the trail. The eastern end
of the trail starts on the south side of Rt. 250
at the Battlefield parking area, approximately
one mile from the top of Bullpasture Mountain.
The western end of the trail starts on the south
side on Rt. 250, directly across from the old
mill on the Bullpasture River. Parking is available
at the Presbyterian Church at the junction of
Rt. 678. Click
for a map of the trail.
Buck Run and Locust Spring
Run Trails are located
on the turn-of-the-century railroad tram grades
used by the previous landowner to log virgin timber.
The 2.9 Buck Run Trail (#598) provides a spectacular
view of beaver ponds, open glades and vegetation
such as ferns, cranberry bogs and northern hardwoods
that you would expect to see in Canada.
The 3.1 mile Locust Spring Run Trail (#633) provides
views of northern hardwoods and is an ideal trail
for viewing whitetail deer and wild turkey. Locust
Spring Run and other connecting waterways contain
native Brook Trout. Both trails are designated
with blue blazes, and the elevation range is from
2,920' to 3,678'.. Click
for a map of the trails.
From Monterey, VA, travel north on Rt. 220 for
7 miles, turning left/west onto Rt. 642. This
turns right ½ mile after passing through
Blue Grass. Stay on Rt. 642 as it becomes a gravel
road, and travel approximately 13 miles, turning
onto Forest Rd. #106. Travel 7 miles and turn
right onto Forest Road #60. Travel ½ mile
and turn right onto Forest Rd. #142. Drive ½
mile to Locust Springs. The two trails form a
loop. Note that there are other trails in the
Laurel Fork area. CAUTION:
This is a remote wooded area requiring a lengthy
scenic drive with the last 21 miles graveled road.