This short easy trail loops along the west side of the campground, suitable for casual strolls and easy mountain biking. There is nearly no elevation change. The tread at the south end is compacted sand and obvious, wide, and well maintained.
After leaving the compacted sand surface, the trail contains straight ahead following a grassy cut through the forest to a brief access drive for a service building. This access drive connects to the Overflow Camping area paved road. Turn left to follow this road to its end at the Visitor Center access road.
Turn left to the Visitor Center and a walkway down to an overlook of the dam with seating. The views of fjord-like Lake Moomaw and the massive earth-fill dam are impressive. A good idea of the depth of the lake can be seen from looking down keen on the clear, rock-strewn Jackson River downstream.
Trail description and directions are courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service. The USFS home page is www.fs.fed.us
Morris Hill Bike-Hike Trail connects the Gathright Dam Visitor Center with the Morris Hill Campground North of Covington. From Route 220 north turn left onto Route 687. Turn left onto Route 641, Indian Draft Road. Then left onto route 666. At the Lake Moomaw Recreation Area entrance, turn right onto Route 605 to the campground. Morris Hill Bike-Hike Trail is accessible from the campground at the dump station.
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