Potts Arm - Cove Branch Loop

9 miles; Challenging terrain
25 miles from Roanoke; No shuttle, $2 carpool fee

Moderate climbs through some overgrown trails, some difficult rock scrambling through rock fields and blow downs. In between the Shawvers and Barbour Creek Wilderness area in Craig County, the hike follows the long abandoned trail up to the top of Potts Arm before descending to Cove Branch. We will do an out and back up the branch to Potts Jeep Trail. Continuing down the branch back to the parking area, we go through a difficult 1.5 mile section of rock scrambling and blow downs. The remoteness and solitude of this area and the beauty of Cove Branch are what makes this special.