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Pinnacle NAP Trails

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation has developed a superb system of seven hiking trails that are of easy to moderate difficulty, inclusive of strategically placed rest benches. Beauty abounds as you meander along Big Cedar Creek, strike out up the slope and sheltered coves heavily shaded by hardwoods along the new Grapevine Hill Trail, sit for a rest on the stone wall at Big Falls, then continue on to the Clinch River, the breath-taking precipitous spire of the Pinnacle, or venture up Copper Ridge to the overlook. Keep in mind; however, that where beauty resides, danger often lurks as well. The trails traverse steep slopes of loose rocky terrain, inclusive of cliffs, within very fragile natural communities containing rare flora and fauna. Venemous animals hide under rocks and logs, in cracks and crevices, and under camouflaging loose leaf litter. For your safety and the health of the preserve, it is very important to stay on the trails.

ELEVATION:
1,650 ft at river
2,400 feet at Pinnacle summit.

>6 MILES OF TRAILS:
Big Cedar Creek Trail - 1 mi., easy
Grapevine Hill Trail - 1.15 mi., moderate
Spring Falls Trail - 1/4 mi., easy
Big Falls Trail - 1/2 mi, easy
Clinch River Trail - 1/2 mi., easy
Pinnacle View Loop - 1/2 mi., easy
Copper Ridge Trail - 1/2 mi., moderate



Pinnacle Nap:The Right-Hand Bank
:: Pinnacle Nap:The Right-Hand Bank ::
Pinnacle NAP: Big Cedar Creek Trail
:: Pinnacle NAP: Big Cedar Creek Trail ::
Pinnacle NAP: Grapevine Hill Trail
:: Pinnacle NAP: Grapevine Hill Trail ::
Pinnacle NAP: Spring Falls Trail
:: Pinnacle NAP: Spring Falls Trail ::
Pinnacle NAP: Big Falls Trail
:: Pinnacle NAP: Big Falls Trail ::
Pinnacle NAP: Clinch River Trail
:: Pinnacle NAP: Clinch River Trail ::
Pinnacle NAP: Pinnacle View Loop
:: Pinnacle NAP: Pinnacle View Loop ::
Pinnacle NAP: Copper Ridge Trail
:: Pinnacle NAP: Copper Ridge Trail ::
Pinnacle NAP Trail System.jpg
Pinnacle NAP Trail System.jpg