Rock Castle Gorge and Buffalo Mountain

Trail Head is 50 miles from meetup point, $5 carpool fee.

Hi! This is a double-feature, yay! Optional anyway, you can choose to do one or the other as you feel fit. We will start with Rock Castle Gorge, and 11-mile hike, strenuous terrain. The hike is located in Patrick County, on Blue Ridge Parkway land. This loop with excellent views in good weather, abundant spring wildflowers, with bear and turkey not uncommon. It is located 12 miles SW of Floyd on Blue Ridge Parkway land. After a steep 2,000-foot ascent, the hike parallels the Parkway – passing alternately through woods and open fields with extraordinary views. On the descent down the other side of the gorge, the hike passes some old cabin sites and a series of interesting rock formations. The last few miles are along Rock Castle Creek – a wild stream with many cataracts. We may go in the reverse direction, depending on how the group feels.

After this hike, we will take a short drive to Buffalo Mountain for hike number 2. The parking area for the hike is on Route 727 in Floyd County, a few miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway. The hike goes to the summit of Buffalo Mountain with extraordinary views in all directions. The distinctive shape of Pilot Mountain in North Carolina is visible in the distance on a clear day. A network of unofficial trails lead to various points on the edge of the mountain’s massive rock face.

The total mileage for the day will be 14-15ish.

If we are still game for adventure, we can go to the Friday Night Jamboree in Floyd, or maybe head on over the Chateau Morrisette Winery for a toast to our day.