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Coal Canyon

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Spearhead Trails, Buchanon County, Popular Gap Park, Southern Gap Outdoor Adventures

Last Known StatusOpen

This area has over 127 miles of multiple use trails that are rated as mostly easy. The trails form long loops that are mostly hard pack dirt with light elevation changes and several scenic view points. This trail system also ties into nearby Ridgeview Trails, making this a premier destination to spend a few days riding and camping.

The trails and parking area are only open during daylight hours but camping with direct trail access can be found next door at Southern Gap Outdoor Adventure. This new campground offers fully furnished cabins, RV hookups, tent sites, restroom and laundry facilities.

Currently a 7,500' visitor center is under construction which will feature an observation deck, gift shop, event and banquet rooms plus an office that sells ATV permits.

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Permit RequiredYesSpearhead Trails User Permit Sticker
Dates OpenDaily sunrise to sunset.
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYes
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibitedcamping permitted at Southern Gap Outdoor Adventure
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibitedcamping permitted at Southern Gap Outdoor Adventure
Night RidingNoriding permitted from dawn to dusk
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep vehicle on trail
Rule Enforcement
CommentNo doubling up - No passengers on any ATV unless the ATV is manufactured for the driver and a passenger. Blaze orange vests encouraged during hunting season.


Approx Size6,000 acres (9 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail127
Climate TypeForest
Elevation2000 to 2200 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis county land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis county land has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis county land has few roads.Few
ShadeThis county land has some shaded areas.Some
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


AreaMotorized Trails
LandCounty Land


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NE)Exxon (276) 935-5840
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NE)Exxon (276) 935-5840
Potable Water WaterOn SiteSouthern Gap Outdoor Adventure (276) 244-1111
RV Hookups RV HookupOn SiteSouthern Gap Outdoor Adventure (276) 244-1111
RV Dump Station RV DisposalOn SiteSouthern Gap Outdoor Adventure (276) 244-1111
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteSouthern Gap Outdoor Adventure (276) 244-1111
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (NE)Exxon (276) 935-5840


RidingYes ($30.00 per rider)
Annual Pass - $60 (if purchased online add $3). Resident Annual Pass - $30; Day Pass - $30, Youth 12 and under - $33
Tent: $25.00
RV: $50.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Southern Gap Outdoor Adventure Fee
CommentAll riders, drivers, passengers and bicyclists must have a valid Spearhead Trails sticker affixed to the left side of helmet.


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)


Nearest CityGrundy, VA
AddressSouthern Gap Road, Grundy, VA 24614
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Roanoke, VA
1) Take I-81 South to Exit 72
2) Merge onto I-77 North, continue about 27 miles
3) Take exit for US-52 N, continue .2 miles
4) Turn right (west) off the exit ramp onto US-52/US-460, continue about 40 miles
5) Turn right (north) to stay on US-460, continue 30 miles
6) Turn left (south) onto Lovers Gap Road, continue 4 miles
7) Turn right (north) onto SR-718/VA-604, continue about 3 miles
8) Staging area is on the left (west).


Contact InfoSpearhead Trails
P.O. Box 1594
Coeburn, VA 24230
(276) 807-7581
(276) 220-9875
Contact InfoSouthern Gap Outdoor Adventures
1124 Chipping Sparrow Road
Grundy, VA 24614
(276) 244-1111
CommentATV rentals, tours and cabin rentals


Coal Canyon Trail Photo

Coal Canyon Trail

Photo Submitted 10/5/2020 (Thanks!)

Coal Canyon Trail Photo

Hillside scenery view from a dirt road at Coal Canyon.

Photo Submitted 11/20/2017 (Thanks!)

Coal Canyon Trail Photo

Coal Canyon Trail

Photo Submitted 8/10/2017 (Thanks!)

Coal Canyon Trail Photo

Two children wearing helmets and goggles.

Photo Submitted 11/20/2017 (Thanks!)

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