West of Blacksburg in the Jefferson National Forest, the Trails of Dismal is a 20 mile hiking trail network through remote, challenging terrain near Falls Of Dismal.
To reach the hiking trailhead from Mechanicsburg, head east on SR42 for 2.6 miles. Turn left heading north on SR606 for 1 mile. Turn right heading northeast on SR201 to trailhead parking area.
Overall, Trails Of Dismal is the 11th most popular hiking trail of all 23 hikes in Virginia.