Hike to the Sand Caves

8 Miles Round Trip - 2000 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Thomas Walker Civic Park - Search Nearby - Added by Emily Westergard

This is a great spot to have lunch while out hiking the Ridge Trail. Some highlights include: waterfall, cave, luscious sand, rhododendrons.

After a 2.5 mi hike up the Ewing Trail, you will reach the Ridge Trail. Go left for approximately 1 mi until you reach a landing for horses. Another 0.25 mi down the trail, you will encounter some steep wooden steps as well as several slippery boulders. Depending on recent weather and season, you will reach the bottom where you may or may not find the Sand Cave Waterfall and stream. Check it out in the winter for some amazing icicles! The Sand Cave itself extends back about 100 ft with beautiful, fine, white sand. Be cautious as there are bears in the area.


Dog Friendly
Family Friendly


8 Miles
2000 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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The hike can be a bit rough but seeing the sand caves are worth every bit of the elevation change.

Sand Caves Trail

Beautiful hike and the caves are awesome.

Better than anticipated!!

Cave is a lot larger than I figured it would be. Cool waterfall at the opening too.