Rock Castle Gorge



11.0 miles, strenuous terrain
47 miles from Cave Spring Corners, $5.50 carpool fee

The hike is located in Patrick County, on Blue Ridge Parkway land. After a steep 2,000-foot ascent, the hike parallels the Parkway - passing alternately through woods and open fields with extraordinary views. On the descent down the other side of the gorge, the hike passes some old cabin sites and a series of interesting rock formations. The last few miles are along Rock Castle Creek - a wild stream with many cataracts.

This loop with excellent views in good weather, abundant spring wildflowers, with bear and turkey not uncommon. It is located 12 miles SW of Floyd on Blue Ridge Parkway land. After a steep 2,000-foot ascent, the hike parallels the Parkway passing alternately through woods and open fields with extraordinary views. On the descent down the other side of the gorge, the hike passes some old cabin sites and a series of interesting rock formations. The last few miles are along Rock Castle Creek a wild stream with many cataracts.