“A sometimes great, sometimes grassy, sometimes game-trail paralleling a ridge.
— Steve Creech
Fall Colors · Wildlife
The orange-blazed Rocky Ridge Trail completes a nice loop alongside with the unblazed (but signed and obvious) Mercy Branch Trail
. Going counter-clockwise keeps all the steep sections going downhill on Rocky Ridge Trail. Starting at the sign at the NE end of both the Rocky Ridge and Mercy Branch Trail
, you'll continue along, paying close attention to the orange blazes.
The upper half mile or so of the Rocky Ridge Trail is sometimes little more than a blazed game trail. This could be especially difficult to follow in the fall, so keep an eye out for the relatively frequent orange diamond-shaped blazes. The trail then enters a section of old jeep road and follows a singletrack through a grassy section enclosed by trees. As you continue, the grade will increase, and the trail improves as you speed downhill to the Rocky Ridge Trail's junction and terminus with the Butternut Trail
Be sure to dress in bright colors during hunting season (generally fall and winter). The town of Narrows and nearby Pearisburg both have many trails and are investing in outdoor recreation. Stop in at local restaurants and stores to support these small towns so they continue to encourage outdoor recreation!