Rock Castle Gorge Day Hike Milepost 1653

Woolwine, Virginia 24185

Rock Castle Gorge Day Hike Milepost 1653

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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
3-5.4 miles
1,050 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
USGS Woolwine; Parkway map available at visitor center (in season) and other facilities and online at
Local Maps

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Oct 2018