Bottom Creek Gorge Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews

Bottom Creek Gorge Trail is a 3.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Shawsville, Virginia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

3.9 miles 977 feet Loop

kid friendly




nature trips

trail running







wild flowers



no dogs

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.

1 day ago

good hike

17 days ago

1 month ago

Great hike with options, not strenuous, make sure to consult the map at the intersection about a mile in to choose your route for the day, recommend taking the yellow trail back from the overlook and going down by the creek on your way back, and the old settlement is a neat place to see.

3 months ago

always amazing

3 months ago

love this hike

3 months ago

6 months ago

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.