Bottom Creek Gorge Trail

MODERATE 42 reviews

Bottom Creek Gorge Trail is a 3.7 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
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
793 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.

10 days ago

Bottom Creek is a good solitary hike. I've hiked this trail several times and each time find myself in a soul-searching sort of mood. this hike is good to help you work through any issues in your life. Very tranquil.

loved it hiked the blue to the red and back tracked down the yellow ,we did it with my 9 month old ,very shaded peaceful hike

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5 months ago

Very peaceful. Trails clearly marked. Saw a couple of deer.

5 months ago

Great place. They respectfully ask for no dogs on this trail. Trails are well marked. Lots of wildlife. Great view of the falls. Would like to find the house and the cemetery.

6 months ago

Definitely haunted

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6 months ago

Our hike came after several weeks of drought so the waterfall was not active, but the hike was beautiful nonetheless. I recommend doing the loop clockwise making the trail quite easy.

7 months ago

Was a great hike for the family! Definitely will go back soon!

7 months ago

The trail says no dogs but I've taken mine and they were able to keep up, and no one said anything about us having the pup with us.

9 months 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.

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9 months ago

Getting closer to the waterfall would have been nice!

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9 months 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.

9 months 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.

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9 months ago

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

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10 months ago

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

11 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.

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11 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.

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11 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!

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Monday, April 03, 2017

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

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Great family hike and the waterfall is incredible ❤.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

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

Thursday, February 23, 2017

good hike.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

good hike

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Friday, January 20, 2017

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.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

always amazing

Monday, October 31, 2016

love this hike

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Monday, July 25, 2016

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.

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