Bottom Creek Gorge Trail

MODERATE 17 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.

2 days ago

8 days 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
13 days 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
22 days 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
1 month ago

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

Great family hike and the waterfall is incredible ❤.

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1 month ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

good hike.

hiking
2 months ago

good hike

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike with options, not strenuous, make sure to consult the map at the intersection about a mile in to choose your route for the day, recommend taking the yellow trail back from the overlook and going down by the creek on your way back, and the old settlement is a neat place to see.

6 months ago

always amazing

6 months ago

love this hike

6 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

A peaceful hike with two available loops that offer some variety if you like taking a different trail on the way back then on the way to the overlook of the 2nd largest waterfall in Virginia. One loop goes around a pond and travels along the river while another cuts through where a small community use to be. This hike is kid friendly.