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Nice early April Day for a hike to the Channels. Different perspective from the last early August hike. With a mid 70's day it actually pretty chilly down amongst the channels. Always a good hike.

A fun loop trail that isn't too strenuous. Make sure to explore Mountain Lake and the little museum they have for when Dirty Dancing was filmed there! Another note, no matter how nice it is out, it is always SO WINDY at bald knob so be prepared with a wind breaker or gloves and a well secured hat even on a nice spring or fall day!

Slow and steady, the reward is more than worth it! Take a flashlight. Photos can’t even get close to capturing how amazing it is.

It was so good to get out and hike on Gateway Trail, Easter Sunday afternoon. If like a good elevation climb, and only have an hour and a half, Gateway is a great up and back trail that will get your heart pumping .

hiking
22 days ago

loved this trail, I've hiked it twice. great views and an easy trail

Really fun, not that hard.

hiking
25 days ago

Decently steep, somewhat well
Marked trail. Two small/moderate size scenic waterfalls with stocked/native trout fishing at the trailheads. There is apparently a cave somewhere in this area. Beyond the scenic waterfall trails there are trails for bikers

Well marked trail, steady incline without extremely steep climbs. Great views on top, with so much to explore in the “Channels”. Look for the geocache

Great hike!! Good views!!

Forgot to add! Make sure you do bald knob while your there. Short hike with great views but very very steep and rough terrain

Good hike!! Had a few nice views!! Had a couple steep long hikes. Some trees down that blocked some of the markers butt all and all it was cool to get off track a little and explore. Entrance was a little hard to find but we got there.

hiking
1 month ago

Started in the morning about 10 was to the top by 12 was able to make lunch where the old firepower was the snow made it absolutely beautiful great beginner hike highly recommend it

mountain biking
1 month ago

Fun basic bike trail. Nothing to hard but defiantly not boring.

We climbed the boulder yard almost to the top, whew! Sore the next day, but really amazing views. Not recommended for children the boulders would be too challenging. The trail right next to the boulder field was a steep descent, poles definitely came in handy. Really unique hike that I’m glad we did!

Amazing but path on marble trail difficult to find best path off main trail.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Fun basic bike trail. Nothing to hard but defiantly not boring.

Super great hidden hike. Trail is well maintained. When I went the only other people were two fisherman at the beginning.

Fantastic afternoon hike! Took our two boys and they really enjoyed it too, especially the Falls. Plenty of water rushing over the falls too, so it looked great!

great hiking. good workout

Pretty nice day hike. Well maintained. Well marked. Uphill most of the way. Roanoke Star is worth seeing whether you hike or drive to it. I just think that any scenery is better enjoyed when you “earn” it! We hiked up and back. Ate dinner, then drove up to see it at night. Very impressive views day or night.

By far the most fun hike I've ever done. I went off trail and climbed the rocks up then took the trail back down. It's definitely a good workout and the whole thing is pretty steep. I highly recommend it! It was suggested to me by some locals and I'd never have known about it otherwise. I had the trail all to myself in the middle of a Sunday.

My dog and I did this trail 2 days ago. great hike! Very scenic! We took Lewis fork and wow did I under estimate the trail, it's pretty tough. I enjoyed every step though. I will definitely visit the surrounding trails! the horses are so cool. they were on the trail and refused to move so we scooted past and pet them on the way past!

Did this hike with three boys ages 3, 8 & 10. Absolutely beautiful. Highly recommend.

Was a great hike ..

hiking
2 months ago

Completed the hike 2/20/18 to bag the state high peak. The lush, mossy forest made for neat scenery but also made for a wet and rocky trail. Majority of the trail, as well as the summit, is in the trees which leads to a fairly underwhelming view, but none the less an enjoyable hike with some scenic views here and there. Wish the ponies were out! Trail is longer than the 10.8 mi posted, RT from the trailhead is 12.6 miles. Glad to have VA's tallest peak in the bag!

amazing views, wild ponies, doesn't get much better in the south east

The Channels are amazing! We went on a cold rainy day, but it was totally worth it.

Good workout, started in the afternoon. Parking was a problem. Go early.
The channels was great. A good view is to be had Northeast of the Fire Tower.

backpacking
2 months ago

This is probably my favorite hike on the east coast. We did this over a cold winter weekend. The wind was fierce atop the mountain, but the views were breaktaking. The wild ponies were definitely the highlight of the trip. Be careful and pay attention to the route - we ended up getting lost more than once. I reviewed the trail in great detail here for thoes who want to check it out before making the journey! https://adventuresinroamance.com/backpacking-in-the-south/

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