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6.0 hours plus a half hour for lunch
2,370 ft
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Park at the 200 car parking area on SR600/Nethers Rd. 38.57036, -78.28705
NOTE: The upper parking area at the trailhead is now closed to all public parking

One of three great hikes in the area, Old Rag Mountain Hike, Catlett Mountain Hike, and the Nicholson Hollow Hike this is the longer loop version of the Nicholson Hollow out/back hike. The hike passes Corbin Cabin and climbs over Corbin Mountain.

From the parking area on 600 it is a 0.5 mile walk up to the Nicholson Hollow Trail) Turn left, then immediately right and in 75 yards cross Brokenback Run and Hughes River.

Continue up the Nicholson Hollow Trail passing the Corbin Mountain Trail on your left in 1.1 miles. In another 0.2 miles pass the Hot Mountain/Short Mountain Trail that merges from the right.

Continue on the Nicholson Hollow Trail re-crossing Hughes River then passing the Hannah Run Trail in 0.3 miles, cross Hughes River again and follow the Nicholson Hollow Trail for another 1.8 miles and arrive at Corbin Cabin. In another 0.2 miles past Corbin Cabin the Indian Run Trail enters from the left.

Turn left on the Indian Run Trail where the trail becomes steep for the next for 1.6 miles where it ends at the junction of the Corbin Mountain Trail. Turn right on the Corbin Mountain Trail following it for 0.5 miles to the junction of the Old Rag Fire road.

Turn left on the Old Rag Fire Road for 0.5 miles to the intersection of the Corbin Hollow Trail. Turn left on the Corbin Hollow Trail as it descends following Brokenback run for 2.0 miles before crossing Brokenback Run then again at the intersection of the Weakley Hollow Fire Road.

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Turn left on the Weakley Hollow Fire Road for remaining 1.2 miles to the beginning of the loop and upper Old Rag Parking area at SR600. continue for 0.4 miles, veer right at the Nicholson Hollow Trail post and continue down SR600 for the remaining 0.5 miles back to the parking area.
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Hiker Reviews For The Corbin Mountain Hike (5 Most Recent)
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By: FrankJ Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Hiked counterclockwise beginning at 7:50am on a humid morning with temps in the 70s. Rain the previous day and evening brought up the river water levels to a point where some stepping rocks were underwater, so add'l care was needed at most crossings to avoid slipping. Corbin Cabin on the climb was a nice place to take a snack. We hiked at a reasonably good pace and arrived at the cabin at 9:30am. The climb past the cabin to the max elevation was a bit grueling at our pace (for me), but an excellent workout to the ridge. On the other side of the ridge we stopped at the ledge overlook for a quick lunch before the steady downward climb. Unfortunately this is one of those hikes where there is no significantly rewarding destination, such as a waterfall, swimming hole, or mountain peak with grand vistas. Corbin cabin and the ledge overlook are nice stopping points but certainly not grand. Finished in less than five hours including snack and lunch break.

By: Mike G Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, April 05, 2015
Had a pleasant early spring hike with the first bit of warm weather this year to break in some new boots. Lots of people were going up Old Rag but the Corbin Hollow and Indian Run Trails were nearly deserted. Ran into a large herd of deer crossing the Old Rag fire road and descending into Corbin Hollow. Bloodroot flowers were starting to emerge along sections of trail and you could tell that everything was going to erupt with blossoms and greenery in the next week or so. Definitely a nice option for a less strenuous stroll through the woods!

By: Kellygirl Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, July 19, 2014
Completed this loop in the opposite direction as posted. It was cool and overcast day in July! I had to take advantage of that! The hike was not difficult and easier going in the direction I took. I'm glad I didn't do Old Rag..it was full of tourists! This is a good hike for people who want to increase their hiking miles.

By: Ken Rating: Date of Hike: Friday, June 27, 2014
This hike was okay but didn't deliver much in the way of views or water. I think it was more a matter of timing than the trail itself. The walk up to the cabin was pleasant enough and definitely not too challenging. I had lunch at the Cabin before continuing. The Indian Run trail was a good steady climb along a trail that is getting crowded in by the vegetation. There was almost nothing to see but green, and the same conditions applied all the way to the Old Rag Fire Road. The Corbin Hollow Trail started the same way but then opened up into a much clearer trail that was surprisingly steep at times. I could hear Brokenback Run throughout the descent but only caught a couple of glimpses through the trees. While I didn't particularly care for this hike on this day, I bet it would be much more enjoyable in the fall or winter when you can get a better appreciation for the terrain...probably a 4. With all that, this hike did deliver on solitude. I saw absolutely nobody the entire hike until I got to the upper parking lot. and somtimes that's the best way to enjoy a hike.

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, August 31, 2013
Entered the Old Rag parking area and it was full! My goal was to hike this instead! I have done this trail before. This time I hiked Nick. Hollow trail to Skyline Drive. After the cabin, it was a steady climb...and I barley saw a sole

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