Brumley Mountain Trail: Hayter's Gap to the Channels

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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, Virginia 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 best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.9 miles 1433 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

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nature trips

walking

horseback riding

cave

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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.

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2 days ago

amazing the view is incredible

hiking
6 days ago

great day outside. didn't see the whole trail.

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6 days ago

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7 days ago

Really nice hike and amazing views! Have been several times!

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

We absolutely loved this trail! The amazing view at the top is so worth the hike. Can't wait to go back!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with amazing vistas

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

3 months 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

3 months 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
4 months 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.

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4 months ago

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

hiking
5 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
5 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!!

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

7 months ago

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7 months ago

Worth every step up the hill!

hiking
7 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.