Slingshots Storm the Mountain Block Party is going on Friday August 5th at 5pm Downtown Big Stone Gap! Come out and see these amazing machines, and their owners from all over the East Coast!                                                                                                 Don’t miss the AVIBE Festival coming up August 27th in Downtown Big Stone Gap! Music on stage from noon till midnight! Craft and Food Vendors! Come on down and catch AVIBE at Good Times in the Gap!                                                                   Blue Highway Fest Tickets are on sale NOW! Visit bluehighwayfest.com to get your tickets, stay updated, and learn all about the next big thing coming to Big Stone Gap!                                                                                                                                  Enjoy Summer in the mountains here in Big Stone Gap! Live Music Venues, Trail of the Lonesome Pine, Car Shows, Events, and more await you! Come on down!                                                                                              A Town Permit is no longer required to access Big Cherry! Get out and visit today!

Roaring Branch Trail

ROARING BRANCH TRAIL INFORMATION

Roaring Branch Trail is a 8.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Big Stone Gap, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

The Roaring Branch Trail provides some of southwest Virginia’s most scenic streamside scenery, as well as some of the only old-growth forest in this portion of the state. Centuries-old hemlocks line the middle portions of this hike, and the climb to High Butte provides a fascinating example of forest transitions in the southern Appalachians as one moves from moist, sheltered coves to drier ridgetops. The view from High Butte Overlook, near the turnaround point for this hike, provides a sweeping vista of the Powell River Valley.

Begin at a cascading waterfall. Hike up along the creek through forest. Climb the ridge line up to a rocky overlook for the Powell River valley. All within the Stone Mountain section of Jefferson National Forest.

After admiring the Roaring Branch waterfall, proceed up stone stairs created by youth conservation corps. Follow yellow blazed trail as the path continues along the stream through the forest. Multiple stream crossings – some may be very difficult after heavy rain. Proceed up ridge line to High Butte overlook. (Great spot for lunch.)

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Big Stone Gap, VA 24219

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