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Flag Rock Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Norton, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.8 mi Elevation gain 984 ft Route type Out & Back

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This trail links Legion Park in Norton, Virginia to Flag Rock, a high sandstone outcrop overlooking Norton and the Wise Plateau. Hike traverses a variety of forest types, including a densely-forested, north-facing cove near the headwaters of the Powell River. 180-degree views from Flag Rock Overlook are spectacular and provide views of much of southwest Virginia and the Kentucky border (located on Pine Mountain, visible to the north). While the entire trail is strenuous due to steep grades on the climb from Legion Park to Flag Rock, the first half-mile of the trail is an easy streamside walk that is great for families. This section of trail also provides a wonderful educational introduction to the ecology of riparian ecosystems in the Appalachian Mountains.

The gravel parking area at Legion Park is gated during winter months. A small gravel pull-out provides parking during these months just beside the gate to Legion Park. Be sure not to block this gate if hiking the trail. The trail is also blazed yellow along its entire route. Be sure to watch for blazes when hiking along old roadbeds, as the trail makes use of several abandoned logging roads and leaves these roadbeds abruptly in several places.

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Jess Amburgey
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Straight up! Quite the cardio. Pretty cool at the top but could also drive it.... :P

Misty Martinez
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This is not an easy hike if you take the trail straight up!! It’s more difficult than even the difficult trail ha ha

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Desirae Huff
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This trail is truly beautiful! A local friend showed us around The Knob yesterday. We had a smaller child with us so we didn't do the full trails. Will definitely be back to cover them all! The view from Flag Rock overlook is wonderful!! My kids loved finding Bigfoot aka, Wood Booger and climbing in the rocks.

Cesar Quiroz
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Fun

Jack Wayland
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A lot of up hill but it’s a nice hike! The look out at Flag Rock has a great view of the city of Norton and the surrounding mountains, you can even see a couple other states if you know where to look.

Anastasia Hartsock
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Trails all over the place but over all very nice place. It's local for me and I just go up there hiking every where!

Nathaniel Wyatt
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One of the first trails that I completed on the knob. Completed this trail prior to it being maintained regularly. 100-200 yards of steep uphill hiking but other than that, it is very easy. No access to water so pack it in!

lilly Thacker
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Great hike!

James Carter
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Nice trail. The city is putting in new mountain biking trails at flag rock area.

Kevin Mullins
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Nice trail and the view at the top overlooking Flag Rock is awesome.

Paul Rhodes
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Wendy Beaulieu
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Kris Westover
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Cara Lowe
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Faith Mabe
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Daniel Hall
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Daniel Hall
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David Dillon
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Patrick Fisher
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Tony Rick
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Ethan Owens
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Erika Stidham
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Chuck Summers
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Forrest Duncan
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Jared Ring
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William William Johnson
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