Big Rocky Row Loop Trail is a 11.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Monroe, VA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The hike starts at the Appalachian Trail James River Foot Bridge. Once on the ridge you will have multiple awesome views of the James River cutting its way through the mountains. This has been mapped this as a loop but recommend doing it as an out and back for multiple reasons: The last part of the loop utilizes a rarely used overgrown trail (read ticks), 1.5 miles is on a paved road, trail markings are intermittent/faded, no views or sites, etc.
We hiked to the first overlook, about 3.7 miles and it was definitely worth the hike. The view is gorgeous and you can see miles and miles of mountains. You could even see where we started from. I highly recommend it to anyone. Don't let the steeper climb near the end stop you. :)
We hiked as a 10+ mile put and back (as a recommendation from another hiker). Great trail and the views are beautiful from the top. A great reward after the 21 switchbacks to get to the top.