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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."
--Randy Johnson, Best Easy Day Hikes: Blue Ridge Parkway (Falcon Guides).
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