Fuller Rocks, Big Rocky Row – Easy Way
10.23 miles, moderate terrain
39 miles from Roanoke, $3.00 carpool fee
7.5 or 10 miles, moderate terrain
We will hike to the intersection with the AT and to Fullers Rock using
Little Rocky Row Run. This eliminates the steep uphill on the AT from the
footbridge. Hikers will then be given a choice on continuing up steeply north
on the AT to Big Rocky Row or descending the AT south down to the footbridge.
Those continuing on north will descend Saddle Gap trail down to Hercules Road.
A short car drop will eliminate any road walking. Great views along the trail
include Glasgow to the northwest, the James River below to the south and the
James Face Wilderness to the southeast.
The hike begins alongside beautiful Rocky Row Run. Then, after crossing Hercules
Road, the unrelenting climb begins: 2800 vertical feet in 3 miles
This hike will start on the AT crossing on Hercules Road. The hike goes through
an old slate mine and follows an old roadway
that offers very good views. The trail connects with the AT and then we would
hike south back toward the James River. The trail will cross Rocky
Row and Fullers Rocks, both of which have magnificent views of the James River
and the surrounding mountains. The trail will descend back to Hercules
Road passing an AT shelter along the way.