Knight, Johnston, and Duval Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bent Mountain, Virginia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking.

Length4.7 miElevation gain856 ftRoute typeLoop
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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. This route is a combination of several trails within the Bottom Creek Gorge Preserve including the Knight Trail, Johnston Trail, and the Duval Trail. Please note the stream and waterfall may be dry dependent on seasonal weather conditions.

Park on side of the road at the gate. No facilities available.

From Roanoke and points north: From I-81, take exit #141, Route 419 south, to Salem. Go south on Route 419 for about eight miles to Route 221 at Cave Spring. Take winding Route 221 south for 13.8 miles to Route 644. You will pass through the town of Bent Mountain, then pass an entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway on your left. About 0.6 miles past the Parkway entrance, turn right on Route 644. After 1.1 miles, the road forks. Stay to the right on Route 669. Continue straight on Route 669. DO NOT turn right on Bottom Creek Road. After 1.5 miles, you will come to a "Y" intersection. Bear slightly right, staying on Route 669. Travel past the apple farm. Soon you will be driving alongside Bottom Creek on your left. After 1.3 miles, you will cross a small bridge. Look for the Preserve sign on your left. Turn left at the sign and go up the gravel driveway to the gate. Park on the side of the road at the gate. Walk about half a mile up the gravel road to the trailheads where you will find another sign and trail maps. From Blacksburg and Christiansburg: Take Route 11/460 northeast to the town of Shawsville. At Shawsville, turn right on Route 637 (Allegheny Springs Road). Stay on this road all the way to the first stop sign in Simpsons. [NOTE: after about seven miles, Route 637 turns to the left while Route 653 continues straight. DO NOT turn left on Route 637, but stay straight on Route 653 to Simpsons]. At the stop sign, turn left on Route 610. At the next stop sign, turn left on Route 221. Stay on Route 221 for about seven miles. You will pass through the town of Copper Hill. Turn left on Route 644. After 1.1 miles, the road forks. Stay to the right on Route 669. Follow the above directions from this point.

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Sophie Johnson
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No dogs allowed!! This is a horrible place to get to! First of all, I drove almost 2 hrs to get here only to find out that dogs were not allowed! It is terrible that you dont make this more easy to find on your website. How many of us go hiking with our best friends? Most of us who have dogs will take them on hikes AND pick up their poops! This is very upsetting. Please, post that announcement where everyone can see it so that they know and make plans to leave their dogs at home. Second, the road is super narrow and there are signs up everywhere with 'no hunting', no this, no that,,,what is up with this place? Apperantly not very welcoming, but i can understand if you live there and there are a bunch of bad and disrespectful neighbors. Im sure many people have had a great time here, but dont waste your time going there if you want to take your dog with you.

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Patrick Pekala
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Beautiful trial.

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Bryant Johnson
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Quite a few blow downs to go around/over/under on the Blue trail. Trails were in good condition but lacked proper signage to indicate one-way travel—lots of hikers going the wrong way due to not knowing about one-way travel. One-way rules are only posted on the map at the first kiosk near the parking area. Great views and lovely forests!

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Nor R
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Nice, easy/moderate. Yellow trail takes you down to the river, red to the falls view, blue through older forest. Will be beautiful with all the blooms later in spring!

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Laura Daniels
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Easy to moderate. Could bring the parents. Good water views going down the yellow trail first.

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Mike Conner
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This trail was awesome! I can’t wait to come back when rhododendrons are in bloom. There’s a very old grave yard in the middle of nowhere , an abandoned old home, old broken down fixtures, water falls, creeks and tons of wildlife. This is one of my favorites so far!

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Howard Dunleavy
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great trail, even tho I’m not a big loop trail guy this one was awesome and I actually enjoyed not repeating any terrain, the view of the falls was amazing and the river that ran along the earlier portion of the trail was also beautiful, would love to come back in the summer and see this place when it’s all green

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Jordan Leet
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ella haase
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amazing Not too hard but not too easy just right. Easy on the knees. Different routes you can take yellow red or blue

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Maggie Oliveri
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Really great hike. Very icy. Definitely recommend using spikes if you have them. There are various routes you can take but right now all traffic flows one way because of Covid. The falls are stunning and the ice on the trees and the sun hitting it was magical. Two words of caution. The gravel road to the trailhead has huge potholes so be careful Also there were a ton of trees down and over the trail. We navigated them but they might be difficult for some. Great trail. I will return.

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Mitch Thomas
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Great trail. Wife and I did it on 2/20. Loved the sections along Bottom Creek. Several sections were very icy so if you have micro-spikes or yak-tracks, that would be ideal. If not, wear some boots with good traction or you’ll be slipping and sliding. Should melt in the next few days I’d imagine. GPS will take you to the overflow parking. If you want, you can continue down the road (that ends a couple hundred yards from overflow parking) and park closer to trailhead.

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Zoie Weis
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A really great hike! We were hoping for some winter conditions and we got them. The trail was very icy & the surrounding trees and vegetation had a solid glaze of ice - it was breathtaking. Crampons/micro spikes highly recommended while these conditions last, we saw many people in just boots/sneakers and spoke to a few people who were turning back or had slipped on the trail. Even with yak traks on there were a few spots on the trail that we navigated with caution. There were quite a few places where trees had fallen on the trail, but nothing we couldn't get around. Otherwise, the view of the waterfall is gorgeous and the variety along the trail kept it interesting. We really enjoyed this one and will be back to see it in the spring!

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Wes Good
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Great hike but NO DOGS. I wish we had known before we drove an hour but other than that it was an amazing hike. Not many people and great views

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Josh Pate
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A really enjoyable trail that’s not too difficult but will definitely get the blood pumping. Beware there are several spots on the trail where it is still very icy. Also NO DOGS allowed definitely didn’t see the sign until someone on trail told us about it. Great view at the overlook

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Jenny Anne
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I didn't want to give a rating, as I never actually got to hike this. My gps took me to an area where 2 roads intersected and told me I'd arrived? I didn't see a trail head nor a parking area so I'm not sure what I did wrong? Any feedback would appreciated, as I would very much like to hike this trail

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Jill Beltrano
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Kelly McAteer
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Great hike. Very diverse scenery and great sounds. Especially by the water.

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Kay Davenport
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Emily Sullivan
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Fun hike with interesting history on the blue trail. Due to covid the trails are marked with hikers using either the yellow or red trail to hike in and the blue trail out. I highly reccomend taking the yellow trail which allows you to get close to the river and offers enough hills to get a good work out in. the blue trail has remnants of a pre civil war community so be on the look out for the cemetary, old houses, and a still standing fireplace. although you dont get any where near the waterfall the view is still impressive and makes for a nice hike.

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Bethany Courchene
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Great trail, well marked and maintained. Recent rain made it a pleasure to walk by the creek, although it also made the trail slippery. Trail was not busy when we arrived mid morning but by the time we left it was packed. Highly recommend and will be back.

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David Hartzig
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daniel saez
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Madeleine Munch
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Mike Russell
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Great little hike. Trail was well maintained and but could have been more clearly marked with distance however the view at the end was totally unsuspected and worth any small inconvenience as signage.

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daniel saez
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Jason Champagne
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Awesome hikes. amazing preserve. Definitely worth the drive to see this beautiful location

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