Flag Rock Trail

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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.

2.8 miles
984 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


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.

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8 months ago

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.

Friday, August 25, 2017

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!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

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!

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Great hike!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

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

Sunday, October 02, 2016

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

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