Northeast of Roanoke and southeast of Natural Bridge Station in the Jefferson National Forest, the Balcony Falls Trail is a 4.1 mile one-way route open to horseback riding.
From the trailhead, the Balcony Falls Trail climbs from an elevation of 800 feet up to 2,250 feet. The route starts on an old logging road for 1.2 miles. Then, the trail climbs via switchbacks through mixed pines and hardwoods. Near the top, there are great views over the James River Gorge. The trail ends at the top where it joins an old fire road, which is now call the Sulphur Spring Trail.
To reach the trailhead from 130 at Natural Bridge station, turn south on VA Route 759. Go 0.9 miles and then turn east on 782. Where the paved road makes a sharp right turn, just past Jellystone Campground, keep straight ahead onto the gravel road. Go about 0.7 miles on VA Route 782 and FS Road 3039 to the parking area (trailhead) at the Locher Tract at the end of the road.
Overall, Balcony Falls Trail is the 23rd most popular horse trail of all 35 horseback rides in Virginia.