Burkes Garden from Chestnut Knob Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This hike utilizes a remote portion of the Appalachian Trail (AT), rising past open meadows with stupendous mountain views. Reach an old stone cabin where a fire warden lived, manning a fire tower site at a place called Chestnut Knob, rising well above 4,000 feet in elevation. Here, you can peer down into Burkes Garden, one of Virginia’s most beautiful valleys, as well as the Beartown Wilderness.
Burkes Garden is one of the Old Dominion’s most beautiful agricultural valleys. There is only one natural entrance to the fl at cove encircled by high ridges: Burkes Garden Creek flows from the ridge-rimmed valley, creating an access portal. Burkes Garden is pocked with dairy farms and other operations that recall a way of life far removed from today’s electronic universe."