Brumley Mountain Trail: Hayter's Gap to the Channels

MODERATE 29 reviews
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Brumley Mountain Trail: Hayter's Gap to the Channels is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Saltville, VA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.9 miles 1436 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

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Approximately 6-mile roundtrip hike from VA-80 in Hayter's Gap to the Great Channels of Virginia on Middle Knob. Incredibly scenic hike along Clinch Mountain from Hayter's Gap to Middle Knob along the 14-mile Brumley Mountain Trail, one of the East's newest long (10 miles+) hiking trails. Although the Brumley Mountain Trail runs all the way from Hayter's Gap to Hidden Valley Lake off of US-19 in Moccasin Gap, this guide features the trail's most heavily used, easternmost 3 miles that travel to the Great Channels of Virginia. The Channels are a series of deep sandstone crevices worn into sandstone outcrops on the mountain's summit and form one of Virginia's most fascinating ecosystems. It is possible to easily walk within the maze-like channels, which harbor an almost cave-like microclimate and often hold snow cover long after temperatures have risen above freezing. Coupled with outstanding views from the top of these outcrops and a firetower on Middle Knob's summit, this hike forms one of southwest Virginia's most scenic and popular hiking destinations.

18 days ago

Beautiful hike to the Channels today. Cool temps, blue skies and a full moon rising on walk out

1 month ago

Beautiful hike! Moderate difficulty especially closer to the top. Trail is very well maintained. Everyone we met along the trail was very nice. The sandstone was amazing and the pics do not do it justice. loved it

1 month ago

Well kept trail with a spectacular view on top of the Channels and an incredible look at history in the Channels. Trail is well maintained and very wide throughout most of it. However, after getting to the Channels to get on top of the rocks takes some athleticism or assistance from other climbers.
Great hike! Lots of friendly people on the trail!

hiking
1 month ago

This is an awesome place. I did this hike several times from the Hyaters Gap side in Lebanon, Va. I live just 7 minutes from this entrance and find myself here all the time after a long day and week.

hiking
2 months ago

awesome hike!Further than 5.9 miles...worth every bit of it!beautiful views!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail, not too difficult, well used. Some views along the ridge-line. The Channels are amazing; this is a must do hike. Did see one bear cub, mama was probably close. Will be returning soon.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome awesome awesome great view, excellent nature hike. my wife our kids and myself made an afternoon or of it and everyone loved the trail and exploring the Channels and view from the top!!

4 months ago

amazing, I don't want to give it away, but definitely a playground for geologists.

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Worth every step up the hill!

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike-channels were worth every nook and cranny!
Very long uphill climb (surprise it is a mtn) step through the trees and find yourself at the channels- surrounded by incredible formations of passageways.
Small buck stepped out on the trail no more than 20 feet in front of us several times.

hiking
4 months ago

It was awesome! The trail was in great shape. The hike on the way in is uphill...ALL the way, but what do you expect when hiking to the top of a mountain:) The views were amazing and the channels were mesmerizing. Plenty of photo opps. I would recommend and plan on returning soon.

hiking
5 months ago

It was amazing! After talking with some hikers who came the opposite way as I did, from brumley gap, it appears my way was the best. Website directions are very confusing and conflicting as well. It's actually easy to find.
Directions: take exit 24 from I-81 (turn left if traveling north). Then turn left at the stop sign, about 1/4 mile you will turn right onto Lindell. Keep following route 80. You will go through Hayters Gap. You will come to a fork and just go right, continuing on 80. You will then go up the mountain until you reach a parking on the left. Not hard to find, nothing else along the way. Just follow the road from that parking lot. The first little bit is on private land, so stay in the gravel until you reach the trail. Once on the trail, it is mostly uphill and rocky. Once you get close the the channels, there will be a fork in the trail. Continue uphill towards the right. You will reach the little cabin and fire tower. Go under the tower and follow signs to the tower. Exploring the channels is a maze. Also, be sure to check out the view from the top. Then, downhill all the way back!

5 months ago

Awesome! In addition to exploring the channels, the view was amazing! Will do this again, planning more 'exploring time'

6 months ago

7 months ago

Breathtaking, esp from the top

7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

great trail but i can see how it might be confusing to get to and once inside it is quite the maze sodont get lost!

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail with gradual climb over 3 miles to views and the Channels. You may walk out on top of the Channels to enjoy the views and also explore the maze below. Very interesting feature!

7 months ago

We never found the trails. It is very poorly marked. Found one sign off 689 for the park - we drove about 4 miles on a rough gravel road that led to a clear cut. There a few open areas to park, but no trailhead. This park should not be publicized until some signs and trail markings are put up.