Thursday, August 2, 2012

Hiking Trails near Floyd, Virginia

The Floyd Virginia area has been written about in many publications; noted for its spot on the Crooked Road with mountain music galore and its many artisan trails. We forget what is all around us, beautiful hiking spots. This article points out just four, there are many more. The mile and a half trail around Mountain Song Inn could be your warm up, call us today for reservations.








Hiking Trails near Floyd, Virginia

by Richard Corrigan, Demand Media





Floyd is located less then 10 miles from Virginia's Blue Ridge Parkway.
Floyd is located less then 10 miles from Virginia's Blue Ridge Parkway.
Situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the Floyd area offers ample resources for hikers and nature lovers. Several of these trails are accessible from the Blue Ridge Parkway, a scenic mountain roadway that stretches through 469 miles of Virginia and North Carolina. The area's offerings include two major hiking attractions in Floyd County, and one each in neighboring Franklin and Patrick counties.
Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve
The highest point in Floyd County at 3,971 feet, Buffalo Mountain is named for its shape, which resembles a buffalo's head and back. The summit is accessible by a 1-mile trail, which offers a steep and strenuous hike, but rewards hikers with a striking panoramic view of the surrounding area. Parking is available at the trailhead, which can be reached from VA Route 727.

Rocky Knob Recreation Area

Located about 10 miles south of the town of Floyd, Rocky Knob Recreation Area offers an extensive trail system. The longest trail in the area is the the Rock Castle Gorge Trail, a moderate to strenuous loop that stretches 10.8 miles over elevations varying from 1,700 to 3,572 feet. Shorter, less taxing hikes can be had on the three-mile Black Ridge Trail and the 2.6-mile Picnic Loop Trail.

Smart View Recreational Area

Smart View Recreational Area is located in Franklin County, about 20 minutes from the town of Floyd, and is directly accessible from the Blur Ridge Parkway. The area offers picnic tables and shelters, as well as the 3.16-mile Smart View Loop Trail. The trail winds through wooded areas, and leads to scenic overlooks at Trails Cabin and the Smart View Overlook.

Fairy Stone State Park

Located about 25 miles southeast of Floyd in Patrick County, Fairy Stone State Park offers a number of hiking trails, divided into two trail systems. The Stuarts Knob trail system, which is designated for hikers only, includes about five miles of trails ranging from moderate to strenuous. The longer Little Mountain system includes about 13 miles of multiuse trails for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders.

1 comment:

  1. Its great that thre are som many hiking options available and all so close to the inn. Have you attempted that strenuous one mile trail up Buffalo Mountain? I bet its a great view.

    This would be a great option for vacationers of most ages to explore.

    My name is Marc, and aside from loving to travel and hike, I also work with Bescover. We offer an online directory of bed and breakfasts, as well as provide mobile technology for innkeepers like yourself.

    I would like to invite you to to share pictures, inn information, or links to your awesome blog on our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/bescover

    have a great week

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