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Rock Castle Gorge Trail

The Rock Castle Gorge Trail boasts beautiful colors from all the wildflowers, trees, and other plant life. The trail offers wonderful views of the gorge and gives you a chance to experience the history of the families who used to live in this area and used the power of the Rock Castle Stream to power their mills. A great stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a challenging and rewarding day hike.



  • Sunday Hours: Open
  • Monday Hours: Open
  • Tuesday Hours: Open
  • Wednesday Hours: Open
  • Thursday Hours: Open
  • Friday Hours: Open
  • Saturday Hours: Open
  • Distance in Miles - Round Trip: 11.00
  • Additional Information: The full trail is 11 miles, but can be shortened.
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate-Difficult


  • Directions: Rock Castle Gorge is located in the Rocky Knob Recreation Area near Milepost 167.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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