Brumley Mountain Trail - Hayter's Gap to the Great Channels
ElevationAscent: 1,133' 345 m
Descent: -1,132' -345 m
High: 4,147' 1,264 m
Low: 3,021' 921 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“A lush canopy trail from Hayter's Gap to the spectacular Great Channels of Virginia”— Gayle Esposito
The Brumley Mountain Trail is shady and cool with only small breaks of sunlight through the lush green canopy. The ascent is low grade but almost continuous for the first three miles from the start of the trailhead to the shelter. Adjacent to the shelter are several large boulders. They are easily climbed and offer a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. Continue to the Great Channels from the shelter along a dirt trail through a densely wooded area. The trail eventually veers sharply down into the channels with large knobby vines and roots useful as handholds and footholds. At the bottom of this short descent, you'll be rewarded with the spectacular maze-like formation called The Great Channels. Young and old alike will enjoy exploring the deep crevices of the channels while working through this natural labyrinth.
Once you've enjoyed the sandstone, turn around and head back along the Brumley Mountain Trail to return to the service road and your vehicle.
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Land Manager: Virginia Department of Forestry