Bottom Creek Gorge 

Forming the headwaters of the Roanoke River, Bottom Creek Gorge boasts spectacular scenery: the second highest waterfall in Virginia, virgin hemlocks and hundreds of wildflowers.


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Author: roanokeoutside3
Date: 13 Oct 2009 6:06:47 PM
Source: Trimble Outdoors on my Verizon phone
Activity: Hiking
State: Virginia (VA)
Distance: 4.04 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 643 ft
Total Loss: 827 ft
Net Change: -184 ft
Difficulty: 3 / 10
Tags: Floyd, Roanoke, Shawsville, Virginia
Rating:   1 rating(s) Rate it

Forming the headwaters of the Roanoke River, Bottom Creek Gorge boasts spectacular scenery: the second highest waterfall in Virginia, virgin hemlocks and hundreds of wildflowers.

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.

Directions
From Roanoke and points north: 

  • From I-81, take exit #141, Route 419 south, to Salem.
  • Go south on Route 419 for about eight miles to Route 221 at Cave Spring.
  • Take winding Route 221 south for 13.8 miles to Route 644.
  • You will pass through the town of Bent Mountain, then pass an entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway on your left. About 0.6 miles past the Parkway entrance, turn right on Route 644. 
  • After 1.1 miles, the road forks. Stay to the right on Route 669.
  • Continue straight on Route 669. DO NOT turn right on Bottom Creek Road.
  • After 1.5 miles, you will come to a "Y" intersection. Bear slightly right, staying on Route 669.
  • Soon you will be driving alongside Bottom Creek on your left. After 1.3 miles, you will cross a small bridge. Look for the Preserve sign on your left. Turn left at the sign and go up the gravel driveway to the gate.
  • Park on the side of the road at the gate. Walk about half a mile up the gravel road to the trailheads where you will find another sign and trail maps.

From Blacksburg and Christiansburg: 

  • Take Route 11/460 northeast to the town of Shawsville.
  • At Shawsville, turn right on Route 637 (Allegheny Springs Road).
  • Stay on this road all the way to the first stop sign in Simpsons. [NOTE: after about seven miles, Route 637 turns to the left while Route 653 continues straight. DO NOT turn left on Route 637, but stay straight on Route 653 to Simpsons].
  • At the stop sign, turn left on Route 610.
  • At the next stop sign, turn left on Route 221. Stay on Route 221 for about seven miles.
  • You will pass through the town of Copper Hill. Turn left on Route 644.
  • After 1.1 miles, the road forks. Stay to the right on Route 669. Follow the above directions from this point.

 

Position Format: Datum:
Tracks

bottoms 2

Distance: 1.62 mi Points: 1001
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi

Yellow Trail

Distance: 1.16 mi Points: 11
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Yellow Trail turns off to left

Track 3

Distance: 0.65 mi Points: 18
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi

Red Trail

Distance: 0.61 mi Points: 24
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi

Points of Interest

wpt 62

Location: 37.133112, -80.183044
Parking lot

wpt 63

Location: 37.133314, -80.184998
Boy Scout Bridge

wpt 64

Location: 37.133314, -80.184998

wpt 67

Location: 37.130101, -80.185937

wpt 69

Location: 37.126073, -80.186771

wpt 70

Location: 37.126073, -80.186771

wpt 71

Location: 37.125442, -80.188351

wpt 72

Location: 37.122349, -80.190042

wpt 73

Location: 37.122349, -80.190042

wpt 74

Location: 37.121289, -80.192013

wpt 75

Location: 37.121289, -80.192013

wpt 77

Location: 37.119631, -80.191729

wpt 78

Location: 37.119631, -80.191729

wpt 79

Location: 37.117938, -80.191677

wpt 80

Location: 37.117938, -80.191677

wpt 85

Location: 37.118326, -80.189899

wpt 86

Location: 37.118326, -80.189899

wpt 87

Location: 37.118681, -80.188339

wpt 88

Location: 37.118681, -80.188339

wpt 94

Location: 37.117466, -80.186854

wpt 95

Location: 37.117466, -80.186854

wpt 98

Location: 37.118481, -80.184025
End of blue trail

Waterfall overlook

Location: 37.117895, -80.183287
waterfall overlook (end of red trail

wpt 100

Location: 37.119835, -80.184581

wpt 104

Location: 37.121114, -80.183980
Yellow Start

wpt 105

Location: 37.121629, -80.183911

wpt 106

Location: 37.121629, -80.183911

wpt 109

Location: 37.122960, -80.183081

wpt 110

Location: 37.122960, -80.183081

wpt 115

Location: 37.129827, -80.181425

wpt 118

Location: 37.129916, -80.183300

ppt 76

Location: 37.120861, -80.192149

ppt 89

Location: 37.118708, -80.188122

ppt 117

Location: 37.129728, -80.182979

Side Trail Access to Water

Location: 37.125431, -80.180583
only about 35 yards long

Informational Kiosk

Location: 37.131043, -80.186548

Bottoms Creek

Location: 37.125431, -80.179896

bottoms tree.jpg

Location: 37.124884, -80.185647

Trail labels

Location: 37.129913, -80.185690

bottomfield.jpg

Location: 37.128476, -80.186205


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