Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hiking trails and front porch rails

OUR OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL GURU PETE AT ROANOKEOUTSIDE.COM RECOMMENDS A HIKE TO VIRGINIA'S SECOND  HIGHEST WATERFALL!

Forming the headwaters of the Roanoke River, Bottom Creek Gorge boasts spectacular scenery: the second highest waterfall in Virginia, virgin hemlocks and hundreds of wildflowers.
Virginia has some excellent hikes in store!
Front porch at The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount VA


Sit a spell on the porch after a long hike in these Blue Ridge Mountains
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. Flanking Bottom Creek are forests of mixed hardwoods (tulip poplar, maple, oak, hickory) and upland meadows. Five rare species thrive in this habitat.
Go here for some neat photos of Bottom Creek Gorge
Go here for history on this preserve


Directions
From Roanoke and points north: 

  • From I-81, take exit #141, Route 419 south, to Salem.
  • Go south on Route 419 for about eight miles to Route 221 at Cave Spring.
  • Take winding Route 221 south for 13.8 miles to Route 644.
  • You will pass through the town of Bent Mountain, then pass an entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway on your left. About 0.6 miles past the Parkway entrance, turn right on Route 644. 
  • After 1.1 miles, the road forks. Stay to the right on Route 669.
  • Continue straight on Route 669. DO NOT turn right on Bottom Creek Road.
  • After 1.5 miles, you will come to a "Y" intersection. Bear slightly right, staying on Route 669.
  • Soon you will be driving alongside Bottom Creek on your left. After 1.3 miles, you will cross a small bridge. Look for the Preserve sign on your left. Turn left at the sign and go up the gravel driveway to the gate.
  • Park on the side of the road at the gate. Walk about half a mile up the gravel road to the trailheads where you will find another sign and trail maps.

    Pete says: Bottom Creek Gorge is protected by The Nature Conservancy and quite possibly one of the most beautiful hikes we've ever done. Bottom Creek Gorge is home to the second highest waterfall in Virginia, although we never made it there (next time).

    We had the trail to ourselves and the fall foliage was amazing. This is one hike you must check out!
Trailheadfinder.com also shares: No Dogs/No Horses. 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. Flanking Bottom Creek are forests of mixed hardwoods (tulip poplar, maple, oak, hickory) and upland meadows. Five rare species thrive in this habitat. Hiking Level: 3/10 for difficulty.


The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount, VA - Blue Ridge Country! You can book your room online at any time right here http://www.claibornehouse.net/


The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast is 15 miles to three exits off The Blue Ridge Parkway. We are located at the half-way point of this beloved road in Virginia, exit at MP 121.We were awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor - click here to see our certificate.