Monday, July 19, 2010

Rock Castle Gorge Hikes

Every other Saturday from July 24 - September 18, Blue Ridge Parkway rangers host hikes that take visitors to Rock Castle Gorge, located roughly half-way between Roanoke and the North Carolina-Virginia line (roughly 50 miles from either direction).

For those interested, meet at the Rocky Knob Cabins off of Woodberry Road (Milepost 167) to join a ranger on a five mile hike and learn about the history of the community that existed in this area from the late 1700s until the 1930s.

Wear good hiking boots and bring water and lunch. There will be several stream crossings, so wear or bring waterproof shoes. The hike will end at the lower end of Rock Castle Gorge Trail at the CC Camp Road off of Route 8. Shuttle back to cars will be provided for drivers, or you may set up your own shuttle ahead of time, or hike back to the starting point.

There are 5 dates left for these hikes this year: 7/24, 8/7, 8/21, 9/4 and 9/18.

Call ahead (540-745-9662) to verify dates, or for directions or information about the shuttle.

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