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Balcony Falls begins at Locher Tract near the James River. Part of the trail is in James River Face Wilderness.

The trail crosses the corner of Locher Tract and then follows an old woods road about 1.2 miles. It then climbs, with switchbacks through frequent timber type changes from pine to mixed hardwoods. At 2.3 miles, enter James River Face Wilderness. Scenic views from the top of the ridge include the town of Glasgow and the James River Gorge. The trail ends where it joins an old fire road, which is now the Sulphur Spring Trail.

Directions: From Natural Bridge Station, VA, Take VA Route 130 at Natural Bridge Station, turn south on VA Route 759. Go 0.9 miles and turn east on VA Route 782. Where the paved road makes a sharp right turn, just past James River Recreation Area, keep straight ahead onto the gravel road. Go about 0.7 mile on VA Route 782 and Forest Service Road 3093 to the parking area (trailhead) at the Locher Tract at the end of the road.

Elevation: 2,250 feet

Elevation Gain: 1,450 feet

Distance: 4.1 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

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George Washington & Jefferson National Forests, Virginia

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