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Hike 13: Bear Wallow Loop in the George Washington & Jefferson National Forest


This pleasant hike (3.3 miles, 800' ascent) follows the Bear Wallow Spur to the Tuscarora Trail, and circles back on the Sidewinder and Mudhole Gap Trails. Hikers can look for seasonal flowers along the way. Parking for 10+ cars is available in the designated area off Fort Valley Road (VA-678). Find more information about the George Washington & Jefferson National Forest at: From 1836 to 1888, the Elizabeth Furnace harnessed water power from Passage Creek to create pig iron. Established in the 1960's as an alternate route for the Appalachian Trail, the Tuscarora Trail is a 250-mile trail that passes through the Ridge and Valley Appalachians of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The yellow highlight is used to illustrate the recommended route. Look for purple-blazed Mudhole Gap Trail past gate and continue. Turn right onto pink-blazed Sidewinder Trail. Take a right at the first junction to stay on trail, and take a left at the second junction to stay on trail. Turn right onto blue-blazed Tuscarora Trail. Turn right onto white-blazed Bear Wallow Spur Trail. Turn left onto Mudhole Gap Trail to return to parking. Through volunteer efforts, education and advocacy, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) maintains and protects a section of the Appalachian Trail, in addition to the Tuscarora and other nearby trails and trail lands, in the Mid-Atlantic region for the enjoyment of present and future hikers. Visit to learn more about our mission and find volunteer opportunities. PATC expressly disclaims responsibility for the condition or location of trails, features, or facilities shown on this map, or for occurrences on them, at any time whatsoever. Reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of this map, but users are requested to report map corrections and trail information to This map was originally published as part of a printed guidebook, comprised of 70 numbered hikes, crafted for the 2015 ATC Biennial Conference.

Price: $ 0.99 USD

Vendor: Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Inc.

Category: Trails

Activities: Hiking, Camping

Published: 2015-July

Language: English

Size: 12.8 MB

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