Rock Castle Gorge

11.0 miles; Strenuous

 $8.00 carpool fee; 57 miles from Roanoke

 Located in Patrick County on Blue Ridge Parkway land. After a steep 2000-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