Mostly following old roads, Balcony Falls Trail begins with a gentle climb. It overlooks the town of Glasgow and the James River, offering hikers fantastic scenery to reward their steep ascent across switchbacks that are no leisurely stroll. There are no waterfalls along this trail like the name suggests.
DRIVE TIME: 30 MINS
HIKE TIME: 4 HRS
DISTANCE: 7.6 MILES
VIEWS: WILD AND DEVELOPED
From the parking lot, the start of the trail is at the farm gate to the right and is open to hikers, bikers and horseback riders. After one mile, the trail turns right onto another old road and continues through the woods at a slight incline. The first 2.2 miles of this trail is a leisurely stroll, but as you enter the James River Face Wilderness it begins to climb along the ridgeline. This section is significantly steeper but offers fantastic views of the James River.
From VA-130 W, drive 3.1 miles, turn left onto VA-759 S, and left onto State Route 782. The road ends at the Locher Tract parking area.
Last Updated: 01/31/2019
Natural Bridge Station, VA 245790 MI
631 James River Road
Natural Bridge Station, VA 245790.82 MI
593 Wert Faulkner Hwy.
Natural Bridge Station, VA 245791.3 MI
853 Rockbridge Rd
Glasgow, VA 245551.55 MI
Natural Bridge, VA 245782.39 MI