Bottom Creek Gorge Trail

MODERATE 28 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.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
977 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

hiking
3 days ago

20 days ago

Falls were a bit dry this year but the overlook to them was great! Knight's trail was really overgrown though but still easy to follow the markers.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Getting closer to the waterfall would have been nice!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. I hiked 5.06 miles from parking area at front gate. You have three choices, the red blaze trail (shortest), yellow blaze and the blue blaze. I started up red blaze, turned left onto yellow blaze, a nice stairway down to the rapids on this trail, rejoined the red blaze to the overlook of a 200 ft. Waterfall, 2.6 miles to here. Ate lunch at the falls overlook, back on red blaze, soon turned on blue blaze. Huge grove, thousands, of old growth hemlocks on the blue blaze. Rejoined red blaze back to parking area. Took 2 hours, elevation change from 2,559 ft. To 2,137, to 2,657, then back to 2,559.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Love that it was family friendly for my 7 year old, and just strenuous enough to keep things interesting for the rest of the family. The view was great, but it would be nice to get closer to the water.

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful day hike, it snowed which was a bonus, the gorge was impressive

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail but a little below my expectations. Being able to get closer to the falls would be better.

2 months ago

3 months ago

3 months ago

This hike was short, but beautiful. The gorge was more than I expected, and quite breathtaking. It is suitable for families. I would highly recommend and plan to return.

hiking
3 months ago

One of my favorite hikes, beautiful no matter what time of the year you go. A couple different trail choices, 2nd highest waterfall in VA, some remains of homes/farms of Civil War deserters. Highly recommend going mid spring or fall.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! Took our two kids (4 & 8) and we did the Blue Trail loop to the falls overlook, then hiked the red trail back to trail head. Awesome views of the falls!

hiking
4 months ago

Fun, easy hike, with a nice drive to reach the trail head. Love that there are no dogs!

4 months ago

Great family hike and the waterfall is incredible ❤.

hiking
4 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful trail, not overly difficult, older kid friendly, beautiful view of bent creek falls.