Last Minute Hike: Sprouts Run / Wilson Mountain

This is a last minute hike idea, so sorry for short notice. This is about an eight-mile loop hike, then we will stop at nearby Blue Hole afterwards for a swim.

Basics: Length — about 8 miles. Difficulty — Higher end of Moderate. Carpool — about 24 miles, so let’s round to $2.50 per rider. What to bring — standard hiking gear (remember the 10 essentials), ample hydration, lunch, money (or car) for carpool, swimsuit / towel / change of clothes for the after-hike dip. Highlights — a pretty mountain stream, some views of the James River from Wilson Mountain.

Detailed Description: This hike starts with a stroll across an idyllic farm, then climbs steadily along Sprouts Run, a mountain stream with several small cascades. After about 3.25 miles, we’ll reach Hoop Pole Gap, have a walk on a forestry road (about 1.25 miles), then make the return leg of the hike using the Wilson Mountain Trail. There are a couple of steep climbs over knobs and then a fairly steep descent back to Sprouts Run while on the Wilson Mountain Trail, but nothing too terrible. Once back on the Sprouts Run Trail, it’s about a half-mile back to the parking area.

After the hike, we’ll make the short drive to Blue Hole, a world-class swimming hole on Jennings Creek just upstream of Arcadia. Be sure to bring a swimsuit, change of clothes, and a towel. Feel free to also bring drinks (non-adult since this is a public venue) and snacks. If you don’t want to swim, it’s still nice to hang out by the water.