Crawfish/Channel Rock

Rural Retreat, Virginia

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Originating in the flat bottomland and old fields of Crawfish Valley, the Crawfish–Channel Rock Trail ascends Brushy Mountain on steep, narrow footpaths to run northeast parallel to Walker Mountain. En route, you’ll cross the Tennessee Valley Divide, where Reed Creek and Bear Creek vividly illustrate the effects of the divide. Flowing off opposite sides of the divide, each enters separate, ever-expanding stream networks that eventually reach the Ohio River, albeit 100 miles distant from one another. Deer and raccoons forage along the stream edges; turkeys and ruffed grouse hunt for acorns on the slopes of Brushy and Walker Mountains. Beavers leave the most lasting impression: a two-stage dam you’ll traverse on Bear Creek.
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Hiking Virginia

by Bill and Mary Burnham (Falcon Guides)

Originating in the flat bottomland and old fields of Crawfish Valley, the Crawfish–Channel Rock Trail ascends Brushy Mountain on steep, narrow footpaths to run northeast parallel to Walker Mountain. En route, you’ll cross the Tennessee Valley Divide, where Reed Creek and Bear Creek vividly illustrate the effects of the divide.

Flowing off opposite sides of the divide, each enters separate, ever-expanding stream networks that eventually reach the Ohio River, albeit 100 miles distant from one another. Deer and raccoons forage along the stream edges; turkeys and ruffed grouse hunt for acorns on the slopes of Brushy and Walker Mountains. Beavers leave the most lasting impression: a two-stage dam you’ll traverse on Bear Creek.

© 2013 Bill and Mary Burnham/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Rural Retreat
Distance: 11.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Year round; hunting season busiest from November through January
Additional Use: Hunting
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Eastern Divide Ranger District, Wytheville (540) 552-4641
Local Maps: USGS Rural Retreat
Driving Directions: Directions to Crawfish/Channel Rock

Recent Trail Reviews

11/26/2008
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I've been on this trail many times! My Mom along with 10 other children called the little house, at the split of Crawfish & Strawberry HOME! I camped at the start of the trail many weekends! I find the trail to be easy. The beginning has no shade so be prepared! There is alot of wildlife (including black bear)!



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Apr 2018