Brumley Mountain Trail: Hayter's Gap to the Channels

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Brumley Mountain Trail: Hayter's Gap to the Channels is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Saltville, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1433 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Approximately 6-mile roundtrip hike from VA-80 in Hayter's Gap to the Great Channels of Virginia on Middle Knob. Incredibly scenic hike along Clinch Mountain from Hayter's Gap to Middle Knob along the 14-mile Brumley Mountain Trail, one of the East's newest long (10 miles+) hiking trails. Although the Brumley Mountain Trail runs all the way from Hayter's Gap to Hidden Valley Lake off of US-19 in Moccasin Gap, this guide features the trail's most heavily used, easternmost 3 miles that travel to the Great Channels of Virginia. The Channels are a series of deep sandstone crevices worn into sandstone outcrops on the mountain's summit and form one of Virginia's most fascinating ecosystems. It is possible to easily walk within the maze-like channels, which harbor an almost cave-like microclimate and often hold snow cover long after temperatures have risen above freezing. Coupled with outstanding views from the top of these outcrops and a firetower on Middle Knob's summit, this hike forms one of southwest Virginia's most scenic and popular hiking destinations.

This is a very well maintained trail, and not steep at all. It was raining like crazy when I went, so no one was there. it was really fun running around that place all alone. It's amazing! ❤

hiking
18 days ago

The hike there was nice, good incline but not very scenic. The gaps are easily navigated and you can also climb up them and walk around on top. We made it in time to be swallowed in a cloud. The views are well worth it.

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1 month ago

Excellent views at the summit

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1 month ago

Channels are fantastic with great views however the fire tower has been decommissioned with signs banning climbing it

1 month ago

Pretty cool trail. Starts out as a gravel road, then turns into a smaller dirt road for the majority. Has some pretty steep incline spots, more cardio and leg burner than anything. When at the top (near the old ranger house) hang a left through the trees for a cool panoramic of the surrounding mountains. The channels themselves are awesome to explore!

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2 months ago

Three miles moderate incline... view worth every step.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing! The walk leading up to the channels was pretty, but nothing too exciting. My kids, including my 6 year old did it without difficulty...but the top and the channels themselves are out of this world

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2 months ago

The Boy Scout troop my son is in went to the channels had a really good time. Not a bad hike a long up hill stretch that got us a bit tired but well worth the walk

2 months ago