Flag Rock Area Trails: Norton, Virginia’s Hiking and Biking Wonderland

Hearing about Flag Rock Recreation Area in the city of Norton, Virginia probably isn’t anything new if you’ve lived awhile in the Cumberland Mountains of far southwest Virginia, eastern Kentucky, or northeast Tennessee. The park has as its namesake a giant pinnacle of sandstone rising some 40-50 feet above a spur ridge on High Knob’s northern…

How Not to Get Lost on the Trail

Our most recent posts on two local trails – the Devil’s Bathtub and Jenny Falls – have received a ton of attention (thanks to those of you who have shared them!). It appears that lots of folks in our region are discovering local trails for the first time, which is outstanding. Along with this interest, we’ve…

Pine Mountain Trail: Birch Knob to Jenny Falls

Length/Type: Approximately 1.0 miles one-way, out-and-back; Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous (very steep climbs and poor footing in places, yet short overall); Other Considerations: The trailhead is located at the end of a long and rough gravel road that travels to just below the Birch Knob summit. While this road is navigable with care with even a…

Viral Trails: The Weird Popularity of the Devil’s Bathtub

If you live in central Appalachia – and maybe even if you don’t – there’s a good chance you’ve heard of the Devil’s Bathtub. The “bathtub” is the local moniker given to a small scour pool in the Devil’s Fork of Stony Creek, a stream cascading off of the south side of Scott County, Virginia’s…