Barnett Branch Trail

At A Glance


3.1 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 3.1 (Moderate)
Steepness: Hilly
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Blaze Color: Blue
Trail Number: 618
Hikes That Use This Trail: Pink Beds Loop

This trail is located in the Davidson River area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Davidson River trails list page.


From it southern end at the junction with the Black Mountain trail, this trail descends Soapstone Ridge and reaches a junction with the Pink Beds Loop trail. It continues straight, passing through the center of the Pink Beds Valley. The valley section is flat and marshy, and crosses a long boardwalk/bridge over the South Fork Mills River. It reaches a junction with the other side of the Pink Beds Loop, then crosses Yellow Gap Road (FS 1206), and then passes a couple of nice waterfalls on the northwest end, just before ending at the intersection with the Buck Spring Tr.

This trail is often used by hikers to cut across the middle of the Pink Beds loop, making it into a shorter loop hike.

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Trail Segments

Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

Barnett Branch

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 2.37 mi

Barnett Branch - N. to S. Pink Beds

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.31 mi

Barnett Branch - S. Pink Beds Loop

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 34 ft

Barnett Branch - Yellow Gap Rd. to Pink Beds Loop

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.48 mi

Barnett Branch - Yellow Gap Rd. to Waterfall #1

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.34 mi

Barnett Branch - Waterfall #1 to Waterfall #2

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.16 mi

Barnett Branch - Waterfall #2 to Buck Spring Tr.

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.2 mi

Total Calculated Length: 3.86 mi

This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.

Intersecting Trails

  • Buck Spring
  • Black Mountain
  • Pink Beds Loop
  • Mountains to Sea Section 2
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    Michelle said: We drove on Yellow Gap Road to the Barnett Branch trail to see the two waterfalls. We hiked from Yellow Gap Road to the first waterfall and found that one with no problem. Then we started climbing the trail to find the second waterfall and could not find it - not sure if there was not enough water flowing so we missed it?
    Sunday, July 9 2017 12:55pm
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