(Regional) Rock Castle Gorge - Hiking

  • April 27, 2013 · 10:00 AM

Come hunt for wild flowers along this botanically diverse trail. This hike has a little of everything... rocky gorge with streams, open balds, a large rock "castle", and great views up along the Blue Ridge Parkway. This day hike on Sat.will start at 10 am SHARP from the trailhead and is 11 miles long, with an elevation gain of 1800 ft. This is a STRENUOUS hike with the first 3 miles having a 1700 ft gain.The first 0.5 miles is along Little Rock Castle Creek but then its pretty much straight up along a narrow rocky trail on the side of Rocky Knob.

So... EXPERIENCED hikers only who can maintain a moderate pace uphill, no pets or children. Bring lunch, proper clothing, including rain gear and hiking boots, water, and a positive attitude :-) Flower identification books are a plus.

Carpooling will be by contacting others going on the trip.The Eubanks Park and Ride in Chapel hill is a good place to meet. The drive is about 2.5 hours from the Triangle, hence the 7am start time. We will be hiking from the old CCC campground just north of Stuart VA. Directions will follow.

Please do NOT sign up for this hike unless you are sure you can go. You will not get back to the Triangle
until after 8-9pm, so if you need to be somewhere else Sat night this hike is not for you.Due to the length of this hike we need to start at 10 am. If you arrive at the trail head later than this you are welcome to catch up or hike on your own.

More info here:http:/www.roanoke.com/outdoors/hiking/43059.html

Please email me if you have any questions.

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  • Steve H

    great trail, great guiding, great group. Thanks Steve & Carol!

    April 29, 2013

  • Kevin

    Best hike this year, and that is saying a lot! :)

    April 28, 2013

  • jim s.

    nailed it...thanks!

    April 28, 2013

  • Carol R

    Rock Castle Gorge never fails to delight!Thanks to all for coming along and sharing a wonderful day.

    April 28, 2013

  • Chih-Wei C.

    Beautiful trail, nice roaring waters and pretty wild flowers. Enjoyed it lots.

    April 28, 2013

  • Justin P

    Great hike! The trillium and other wildflowers were beautiful. Thanks for organizing Carol & Steve.

    April 27, 2013

  • Helene

    Sorry Guys : I have to drop off. thanks Kevin for offering carpooling : next time! Enjoy!

    April 25, 2013

  • Helene

    Hi! is there anybody who leave from (or pass by) Raleigh? I live close to NC State University and I don't have a car. Is there anybody who can give me ride? Many Thanks
    helene

    April 22, 2013

    • Kevin

      Hi Helene, I live fairly close to NC state and can give you a ride.

      April 23, 2013

    • Helene

      Great! tha,kk you

      April 23, 2013

  • Kari

    I have room for 3 people in my vehicle and I would love to meet at the Eubanks lot--- any takers?

    April 18, 2013

    • Kari

      Meet Justin and I at the Eubanks park and ride lot and we can ride together.

      April 20, 2013

    • Nicholas E

      I would also like to car pool with someone.

      April 21, 2013

  • Andrea

    I hate to miss this, but have a conflict :( Hope to see this one again!

    April 18, 2013

  • Carol R

    Its always a gamble when the flowers will be out but I am hoping for hillsides of Trillium! Glad you can come along.

    April 13, 2013

  • Kari

    I was hoping you would post this hike this month!

    April 13, 2013

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