|Typically Open:||04/01 - 01/31|
(DIFFICULT - SEVERE)
|Highest Elevation:||3702 feet|
|Duration:||About 4 hours|
|Shape of Trail:||Straight Through|
|Best Direction to Travel:||N/A|
|Nearest Town:||New Castle|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||New Castle|
|Official Road Name:||5036|
|Management Agency:||United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Jefferson National Forest|
|District:||Blacksburg Field Office, Eastern Divide Ranger District|
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.
Rocky or undulated road surface. Rocks and less than 54" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 54" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 10' foot. Tire placement not good. Can be steep and off-camber.Read more about our rating system
The trailhead and parking lot are located at the trail's intersection with FS 176.
Stay straight. This small pond is a unique and isolated special wetlands community.
Stay straight unless you want to play on rocks. Many of the obstacles defy logic.
Stay straight unless you're feeling brave. There are several obstacles of varying difficulty.
Stay straight. A large stone outcropping protrudes from the earth on the right. Another rocky outcropping on the left offers a magnificent view after a very short climb on foot.
Stay straight. This large grassy clearing offers an excellent place to relax or camp.
The trail ends at its intersection with Barbours Creek Road (route 617). Turning right onto Barbours Creek Road will bring you to Peaceful Valley Road (route 611). Turning left at Peaceful Valley Road will bring you to Craigs Creek Road (route 615). Turning right onto Craigs Creek Road will bring you to route 311.
Starting Point: New Castle
Dispersed, primitive camping is allowed throughout the National Forest. There are no services, and camping is constrained to 21 consecutive days. Waypoint 6 offers an excellent place to camp.