The Cornelius Creek Trail is a three-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail, a 2,200-mile hiking trail that runs through several states in the eastern United States. This particular portion is found near Munford, Virginia, and it begins at an elevation of 3,300 feet. The Cornelius Creek Trail is considered a moderately tricky portion of the trail, as there are some steep parts of the path and delicate rock areas to work your way around.
If you'd like to bring Fido along for your hike, you're welcome to do so as long as you keep them on a leash. Be sure to bring a supply of doggie bags and clean up after your pet throughout your journey.
Part of this hike is done on a single-track trail, but you'll eventually make your way to wide roads that were once used for hauling lumber. Once you're past the logging road section, you'll reach an area of the trail that many hikers say is their favorite, thanks to its excellent views! There are also plenty of sunny areas on the path, but you'll get a decent amount of shade as well.
The trail's surface is soil, so that can mean you're in for a muddy adventure after rainy days. Be sure to wear hiking shoes with a solid grip, and keep a towel in your car for cleaning up muddy paws at the end of your hike.
When you make your way to the end of the Cornelius Creek Trail, you have the option of continuing onto the Apple Orchard Falls Trail, which will take you in a loop back to the beginning of your trek. If you choose to add on the Apple Orchard Falls trail portion to your hike, you'll double the length of your walk, but it also means you'll get to experience incredible 200-foot waterfalls.
However you choose to complete the Cornelius Creek Trail, you and your pooch are sure to love it!