Bottom Creek Gorge Trail is a 3.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Shawsville, VA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.
Bottom Creek is a powerful mountain stream that forms a stair-step series of broad-basin waterfalls known as the "kettles." One of the headwater streams of the South Fork of the Roanoke River, Bottom Creek boasts a 200-foot high waterfall. Flanking Bottom Creek are forests of mixed hardwoods (tulip poplar, maple, oak, hickory) and upland meadows. Five rare species thrive in this habitat.
A peaceful hike with two available loops that offer some variety if you like taking a different trail on the way back then on the way to the overlook of the 2nd largest waterfall in Virginia. One loop goes around a pond and travels along the river while another cuts through where a small community use to be. This hike is kid friendly.