Potts Arm – Cove Branch Loop
The hike has been changed to Thursday, January 14 to take advantage of warmer weather and better hiking conditions. Depending on how adventurous everyone is, we may add in Hanging Rock in the middle of the hike.
9 miles; 25 miles from Roanoke; $2 carpool fee; Strenuous.
Terrain – Moderate climbs through some overgrown trails, some difficult rock scrambling through rock fields and blow downs.
In between the Shawvers and Barbour Creek Wilderness area in Craig County, the hike follows the long abandoned trail up to the top of Potts Arm before descending to Cove Branch. Continuing down the branch back to the parking area, we go through a difficult 1.5 mile section of rock scrambling and blow downs. The remoteness and solitude of this area and the beauty of Cove Branch are what makes this special.