Hiking Trails for Your Fun & Adventure
Here are some hiking trails near us, check out the image below for more info.
4 Miles South of Tuggle’s Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway: Rock Knob
Spanning Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 167 – Milepost 174, Rocky Knob comprises 4,800 acres and 15 miles of hiking trails. The 3,500-acre Rock Castle Gorge is within Rocky Knob, with its Rock Castle Gorge National Recreation Trail. Rocky Knob has a picnic area operated by the National Park Service with well maintained facilities, restrooms, tables, meadows and more. There are two scenic overlooks on the Parkway at Rocky Knob that both feature an immense, sweeping view of Southwest Virginia into North Carolina. If you hike to the highest point in between these overlooks, you can find an original Appalachian Trail shelter, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The Appalachian Trail was moved farther west in 1952, but originally ran right in front of Tuggle’s Gap.
6 Miles North of Tuggle’s Gap on Rt 8: Downtown Floyd
Located atop the magnificent Blue Ridge Plateau in southwestern Virginia, Floyd is a haven of natural beauty renowned for its hospitality and for a vibrant culture of music, arts, local foods and wines, and outdoor recreation. Visit downtown on a nice Friday night for some of the finest bluegrass pickin’ in this area (which is known for its bluegrass pickin’). Downtown Floyd has a charm and character all its own and is truly a truly unique one-stoplight town.
11 Miles South of Tuggle’s Gap on the BRP: Mabry Mill
Mabry Mill is a watermill run by the National Park Service located at milepost 176.2 of Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd County, Virginia. It is a tourist attraction mainly for the picturesque views of the mill itself. A short trail around the mill connects historical exhibits about life in rural Virginia. The trail allows visitors to view the gristmill, sawmill, and blacksmith shop. Mabry Mill was built by Edwin Boston Mabry (E.B. Mabry). E.B. Mabry returned to Floyd County in 1903 and began the construction of the mill. It was first a blacksmith and wheelwright shop, then became a sawmill. By 1905 it was in operation as a gristmill. By 1910 the front part of the mill was completed and included a lathe for turning out wheel hubs, a tongue and groove lathe, a planer and a jig-saw. Between 1905 and 1914 E.B. Mabry bought adjacent tracts of land, mostly for the purpose of acquiring more water power.
11 Miles North of Tuggle’s Gap on the BRP: Smart View
The view from this overlook is not the broad, sweeping expanse offered by most stops along the parkway. Instead, your gaze is directed to the convergence of two sloping hills creating a gunsight view of the land below. This area was named for the “right smart views” that look out from the crest of the Blue Ridge, off the escarpment into the Pigg River valley below. The view from this overlook has changed over time. Originally, much of the land along the parkway was cleared for farming and offered unobstructed views for miles. However, as trees grew in, some of the views have changed. Today Smart View Overlook shows a forested area over the lowland hills. The Smart View Trail, an easy to moderate 2.6-mile loop, can be reached from the overlook and passes by the Trail Family Cabin and the Smart View Picnic Area. There is a designated parking area for this trail at the entrance to the recreation area, however some visitors may park at the overlook to begin, with the trailhead 600’ to the right.
23 Miles South of Tuggle’s Gap on the BRP: Groundhog Mountain Picnic Area
A picnic at Groundhog Mountain comes with a side dish of great views—if you're willing to climb the old, wooden tower. With 28 picnic sites, there's room to spread out at Groundhog Mountain. But the site's main claim to fame is a large, log observation tower. Originally erected by the Virginia State Forest Service in 1942, it was used to view mountain ranges and look for hazards or fires. If you walk up the single flight of stairs to the top of the tower you will be rewarded with views of Buffalo Mountain, Rich Hill, and others. Buffalo Mountain is a prominent peak in the distance. Mothers in the area use to tell their children that they could roam as they wished throughout the woods and hills of this area—as long as they could still spot the Buffalo. In the field surrounding the tower, there are several styles of historic log fences. An informational wayside explains the different styles of fencing on the parkway and the benefits of each one. These fence displays were first constructed in 1939, by the Civilian Public Service Enrollees and have been maintained ever since. All picnic sites at Groundhog Mountain have grills and there are restroom facilities.
35 Miles North of Tuggle’s Gap on the BRP: Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area
Roanoke Mountain day use area is slightly off the beaten path. Originally opened as a campground in 1966, it is located on the Mill Mountain Parkway, a 2.5-mile road connecting the Blue Ridge Parkway with Roanoke City’s Mill Mountain Park. The campground was repurposed and reopened as a day use area in 2014. One of the nicest things about this site is that most tables have their own parking space and are a short distance from the car. Tables that do not have individual parking have spaces nearby. Additionally, there are three handicap sites with a paved path leading up to the table. These are on the back half of the main picnic loop. Each site has a grilling surface in the fire ring. There are no designated group picnicking sites. Picnic sites are on a first come first serve basis. The area is typically open from late May to late October. Never leave food out in the open or unattended.
50 Miles North of Tuggle’s Gap on The BRP: Explorer Park
Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 115, Explore Park features hundreds of acres of rolling hills, pristine woodlands, hiking trails, river frontage, outdoor adventure and a visitor information center. Soar through the trees on the Treetop Quest aerial adventure course, featuring zip-lines and challenge obstacles for ages four and up. Explore Park is where adventure begins!