Rock Castle Gorge Day Hike Milepost 1653

Woolwine, Virginia

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This streamside exploration of a scenic valley in the Rocky Knob Recreation Area imparts a startling sense of what life was like for early-twentieth-century mountain residents. A day hike along Rock Castle Creek is one of the best ways to explore the Rocky Knob Recreation Area, a 3,589-acre backcountry bulge from the Parkway that contains a trail system extensive enough to permit backpack camping. You’ll pass the campsite on this hike—it’s an easy overnighter (permit required). Rocky Knob boasts a wonderful mix of high-elevation meadows, craggy-summit views, deep coves, and poignant reminders that many a now-wild Appalachian wilderness was once home to mountaineer families.

Rock Castle Gorge Day Hike (Milepost 165.3) Professional Review and Guide

"This streamside exploration of a scenic valley in the Rocky Knob Recreation Area imparts a startling sense of what life was like for early-twentieth-century mountain residents.

A day hike along Rock Castle Creek is one of the best ways to explore the Rocky Knob Recreation Area, a 3,589-acre backcountry bulge from the Parkway that contains a trail system extensive enough to permit backpack camping. You’ll pass the campsite on this hike—it’s an easy overnighter (permit required). Rocky Knob boasts a wonderful mix of high-elevation meadows, craggy-summit views, deep coves, and poignant reminders that many a now-wild Appalachian wilderness was once home to mountaineer families."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Woolwine
Distance: 3-5.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,050 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Local Maps: USGS Woolwine; Parkway map available at visitor center (in season) and other facilities and online at nps.gov/blri/planyour-visit/rocky-knob-trails.htm
Driving Directions: Directions to Rock Castle Gorge Day Hike (Milepost 165.3)

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