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Trails

The only way to experience the park is by getting out on the trails. There are a variety of trails available to hike, bike or horseback ride. All trails are natural surface and vary in their degree of difficulty. Hikes range in length from a short 2 mile loop to a day hike exploring all the sites Staunton has to offer. Download a trails map

Staunton State Park Trails

A visitor favorite is the hike to the Elk Falls Overlook to see Elk Falls. This hike is a 10.8-mile round-trip hike. The shortest route is Staunton Ranch (SR) to Bugling Elk (BE) to Lion's Back (LB).

The average hiker takes between 4-5 hours to complete the entire trip. The elevation change is around 900 ft total. 

The below list of trails includes details for the distance, degree of difficulty, elevation change and unique features of each trail segment. Each trail segment is marked on the trail map. Distances listed below and on the map are one-way distances. 

Bugling Elk Trail

Permitted uses: hike, mountain bike, horseback 
Total distance: 1.1 miles
Degree of difficulty: moderate
Elevation range: 8,820-9,200 feet
ADA accessible: no
Unique features: wildlife viewing, small stream, access to fishing, wildflowers

Border Line Trail

Permitted use: hike, mountain bike, horseback 
Total distance: 2.5 miles
Degree of difficulty: moderate
Elevation range: 9,060-9,420 feet
ADA accessible: no
Unique features: wildlife viewing, close up views of granite outcroppings, spectacular views from overlook, historic buildings

Climbing Access Trail

Permitted use: hike only
Total distance: 0.9 miles
Degree of difficulty: difficult
Elevation range: 8,500-8,800 feet
ADA accessible: no
Unique features: close-up views of granite rock formations, access to climbing

Davis Ponds Trail 

Davis Ponds Trail

Permitted use: hike only
Total distance: 2.15 miles
Degree of difficulty: easy
Elevation range: 8,200-8,280 feet
ADA accessible: no
Unique features: wildlife and wildflower viewing, access to fishing **Davis Ponds are under construction. The trail remains open. For your safety, please respect the posted closure of the construction area.**

Elk Falls Trail

​Elk Falls Trail​ *New*

Total Distance: 12 miles
Degree of difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: Approximately 1500 feet
Highest Point of Elevation: 8,950 feet
Seasons: Spring to Fall
Dogs: Allowed On Leash
Unique features:​ Learn more about trekking to Elk Falls on Staunton's newest trail​. ​

Lion's Back Trail

Permitted use: hike, bike, horseback
Total distance: 1.0 miles
Degree of difficulty: moderate
Elevation range: 8,800-9,120 feet
ADA accessible: no
Unique features: spectacular views from the overlook **The hike to Elk Falls Overlook is a 10.8 mile round-trip hike. The shortest route is Staunton Ranch to Bugling Elk to Lion's Back. 

Mason Creek Trail

Permitted use: hike, bike, horseback
Total distance: 4.5 miles
Degree of difficulty: difficult
Elevation range: 8,180-9,440 feet
ADA accessible: No
Unique features: historic buildings, small stream, wildlife viewing

Marmot Passage Trail 

Marmot Passage Trail

Permitted use: hike, bike, horseback
Total distance: 2.5 miles
Degree of difficulty: moderate
Elevation range: 8,800-9,220 feet
ADA accessible: no
Unique features: views of surrounding mountain ranges and Lions Head, wildlife viewing

Old Mill Trail

Permitted use: hike only
Total distance: 0.9 miles
Degree of difficulty: moderate
Elevation range: 8,500-9,100 feet
ADA accessible: No
Unique features: historic buildings, small stream

Scout Line Trail

Permitted use: hike only
Total distance: 1.5 miles
Degree of difficulty: difficult
Elevation range: 8,520-9,240 feet
ADA accessible: No
Unique features: great scenic views

Staunton Ranch Trail

Permitted use: hike, bike, horseback
Total distance: 3.3 miles
Degree of difficulty: moderate
Elevation range: 8,120-9,060 feet
ADA accessible: No
Unique features: historic buildings, wildlife and wildflower viewing, great views of the park