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Bottoms Creek Gorge

Intermediate

Trail

4.2 mile 6.8 kilometer loop
92% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 558' 170 m
Descent: -557' -170 m
High: 2,688' 819 m
Low: 2,407' 734 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)

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Trail shared by Roanoke Outside

Forming the headwaters of the Roanoke River, Bottom Creek Gorge boasts spectacular scenery.

Roanoke Outside

Features Fall Colors · Waterfall · Wildlife

Overview

This route follows a meandering path through Bottom Creek Gorge, highlighting some of the most scenic parts of the area. Though some trails are steep, a variety of loops make it easy to customize the route.

Description

Forming the headwaters of the Roanoke River, Bottom Creek Gorge boasts spectacular scenery including the second highest waterfall in Virginia, virgin hemlocks, and hundreds of wildflowers.

Bottom Creek is a powerful mountain stream that forms a stair-step series of broad-basin waterfalls known as the "kettles." One of the headwater streams of the South Fork of the Roanoke River, Bottom Creek boasts a 200-foot high waterfall.

The trails are well-marked and color coded (blue, yellow, and red denoting the Duval Trail, the Johnston Trail, and the Knight Trail). This loops takes runners on a great tour of the area.

Flora & Fauna

Flanking Bottom Creek are forests of mixed hardwoods (tulip poplar, maple, oak, hickory) and upland meadows. Five rare species thrive in this habitat.

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Bottom Creek can be seen and heard babbling past the trail.
Apr 13, 2017 near Shawsville, VA
While most of the area is wooded, there are a few open meadows to enjoy.
Apr 13, 2017 near Shawsville, VA
There's plenty to check out in Bottoms Creek Gorge!
Apr 13, 2017 near Shawsville, VA

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