Place

Island Loop Trail

Trailhead sign that reads,
The Island Loop Trail leaves the Sandstone Falls boardwalk for a quick loop around the island.

NPS/Dave Bieri

Quick Facts

Labeled (4) on the Sandstone Brooks Area Trails map

Length

0.5 miles/0.8 km (Round-trip)

Difficulty

Easy

Trail type

Hiking only 

Trail Description

The Island Loop Trail is an easy ½ mile trail that loops around the largest island below Sandstone Falls. The island was once farmed, grazed, and timbered, and a grist mill once operated here. Today, hikers can observe the natural succession as the old fields transition back to forest.

To reach trail

This trail starts and ends on the Sandstone Falls Boardwalk.

New River Gorge National Park and Preserve

Last updated: May 3, 2022