Potts Mountain Jeep Trail

5/5 (7 reviews)
New Castle, Virginia (Craig County)
Last Updated: 01/13/2019
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Trail Information

Highlights

Potts Mountain Jeep Trail is one of very few places, if not the only public place, in Virginia built specifically for off-roading. Difficult at best, Potts Mountain Jeep Trail is not for stock four wheel drive vehicles. Numerous obstacles fill the trail and many obstacle bypasses offer only a slightly easier route. Located within the Jefferson and George Washington National Forest, the Potts Mountain Jeep Trail is remote and surrounded by rugged wilderness. The Barbours Creek Wilderness Area borders most of the trail to the east. Due to the trail's remote location, it is not recommended to travel alone.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

This trail is not for stock four wheel drive vehicles. Built solely for off road enthusiasts, Potts Mountain Jeep Trail offers plenty of opportunities to find yourself upside down. Signs at obstacles offer a bypass but even they can prove to be difficult. Many obstacles defy reason and sanity. There is enough paint, parts, and gouges left in rocks to attest to the human will to attempt the nonsensical. Potts Mountain Jeep Trail is very remote so plenty of gas, fire extinguisher, spotter, spare, water and common sense are necessities. You do not want to walk out. Several clearings along the trail offer nice places to stop or camp. It is not recommended to travel this trail alone.
Potts Mountain Jeep Trail is very remote so plenty of gas, fire extinguisher, spotter, spare, water and common sense are necessities. You do not want to walk out. It is not recommended to travel this trail alone. Winter conditions require appropriate preparedness. Use extra caution and tell someone where your going and when you plan to return (especially in winter).

Trail Reviews

5/5 (7 reviews)
Tony
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Status: Open
Visited: 09/19/2020

This trail was incredible! Very rocky. Recommend starting at the lower trail head. Views are amazing. Plenty of places to pull off for lunch. Definitely can't do this in a stock vehicle. You can google Potts Mountain Jeep Trail to find it on google. With lunch and breaks and challenges it took us approximately 6 hours. That also includes a tire change because it's definitely rocky.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/31/2020

Holy shit, do not take this trail for granted. Busted my rear axle off on the last 2 miles of the trail, bit was able to make it out with front wheel drive. I am sure others have been less lucky. Also almost rolled my YJ twice... needless to say, this trail can sneak up on you even when avoiding all of the hard parts.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/06/2019

Great trail. The majority of the trail is just a dirt road with some rocks but the the few obstacles made it fun. This is not a trail for the inexperienced and a stock Jeep. I have an 04 Rubicon on 31’s and I had to take the bypasses on a few obstacles. The ones I did do you need to get out and walk the trail and plane you path.
Trail Review: Potts Mountain Jeep Trail - Ed Scott
Trail Review: Potts Mountain Jeep Trail - Ed Scott
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/12/2019

Awesome trail with lots of obstacles of varying degree. Our group of 3 JKUs on 37s did all of the obstacles from the top of the mountain down and back to camp in about 7-8 hours. Ledges can be steep and tire placement is important. Some of the mud can be really deep and it swallowed one of the rigs 37" tires. Very buggy when we went. My video is below. Comment on it if you have any questions. Thanks!
Status: Open
Visited: 10/02/2018

Is there a way to get to the field without going through the jeep trail. I am in a stock tundra so wouldn't be able to make it down the jeep trail.

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