Hiking

Take a Hike! Check out the hikes we are offering this season below. The hike difficulty is denoted by the number of “boots” listed.
“One Boot” is a hike that is relatively flat with gradual ascending and descending and is one to three miles in length.
“Two Boots” is a hike that has moderate ascending and descending and is two to four miles in length.
“Three Boots” is a hike that has more “technical trail” (rocks, roots, etc.), strenuous ascending and descending, and three or more miles long.
“Four Boots” is a hike that has very “technical trail” (rocks, roots, etc.), very strenuous ascending and descending, and five or more miles long.

Winter Hikes
Carvins Cove Hiking Series

Rattlin’ Run and Four Gorges (3 boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Rattlin’ Run is our gnarliest trail at Carvins Cove and in addition to some great views, it also boasts some impressive rock features. Join us on a 6 mile hike with about 1,000 feet of elevation gain to explore this great nook of the Cove. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Thursday, January 12 Rattlin Run BSL side
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, January 10.

Date: Saturday, January 14
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Public Works
The deadline to register is Wednesday, January 11.

4 Gorge Extension, Kerncliff, and Comet (2 boots) NEW

(18+, 10+ with an adult) This 4 mile loop hike with about 850 feet of elevation offers views of Tinker Mountain, McAfee Knob, and Carvins Cove. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Thursday, January 26 Carvins Cove
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, January 24.

Date: Saturday, January 28
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Public Works
The deadline to register is Wednesday, January 25.

Trough, Gauntlet and Lakeside (4 boots)

Carvins Cove has some great hikes with beautiful vistas. Join us as we explore the trails off of the Timberview Parking Lot and the beautiful winter views they afford of the Roanoke Valley on this 8 mile hike with about 1,200 feet of elevation gain. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Thursday, February 9 lakeside shot
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, February 7.

Date: Saturday, February 11
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Public Works
The deadline to register is Wednesday, February 8.

 Waterfalls and Wildflowers Hiking Series

Fenwick Mines (1 boot)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) The Fenwick Mines trail is an interpretive trail that is a 2 mile out and back through wetlands and an old iron ore mining town to the waterfall. The waterfall is on Mill Creek and is about 12 feet in height. Come check out this little known gem in Craig County! The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Thursday, March 23fenwick mines mill creek falls
Time: 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, March 21.

Date: Saturday, March 25
Time: 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Public Works
The deadline to register is Wednesday, March 22.

Roaring Run (1 boot)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Roaring Run is an interactive trail that keeps you looking for wildlife and water at every turn. A relatively easy 2.5 mile hike to a series of waterfalls through a wild forest will be a day to remember.   Enjoy the views of waterfalls and get an easy workout while exploring this gem in the Jefferson National Forest.  The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Thursday, March 30trillium and ferns
Time: 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, March 28.

Falls Ridge Preserve (2 boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Falls Ridge Preserve is part of a steep, rugged ridge that rises from the valley of the North Fork of the Roanoke River and boasts a spring-fed travertine waterfall approximately 80 feet in height. The Salem Fault runs through the Nature Conservancy preserve, dividing it into two different rock types and the corresponding difference in soil types generates a diversity of vegetation, particularly wildflowers and smaller flora, that are a must see on this 4.5 mile round trip hike. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Thursday, April 6falls ridge
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, April 4.

Cascades (2 boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Travel with us to Giles County with its scenic mountains, streams, and vistas. We will explore a beautiful part of Jefferson National Forest at the Cascades. The trail up to the main cascade follows Little Stoney Creek and takes hikers on an adventure that makes this four mile round trip hike a must-see.  The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Thursday, April 13cascades
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, April 11.

Mill Creek Falls (3 boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Mill Creek Falls is a hidden gem in Giles County. Built by local volunteers, this trail system meanders up Mill Creek to a half mile series of waterfalls and then loops back down Pearis Mountain. We will enjoy a 5 mile strenuous hike that takes in the best this system has to offer. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Thursday, April 20mill creek trail signs
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, April 18

Date: Saturday, April 22
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Public Works
The deadline to register is Wednesday, April 19

Apple Orchard Falls (4 boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) One of the state’s tallest waterfalls, Apple Orchard Falls is located at high elevations near the Blue Ridge Parkway near Buchanan. The 7.5 mile loop trail boasts almost 1,700 feet of elevation gain, but the work is worth the amazing views of the falls, streams, and surrounding valleys. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Thursday, April 27 spiderwort
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, April 25

Date: Saturday, April 29
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Public Works
The deadline to register is Wednesday, April 26

Crabtree Falls (3 boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Crabtree Falls is the tallest waterfall in Virginia and the cascading creek is a must see in a waterfall hike series. The 4.4 mile out and back hike gains almost 1,900 feet of elevation as hikers wind up sets of stairs and steep trail near the falls to get to the amazing views of the Tye River Valley at the top. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Thursday, May 4 Crabtree falls big cascade
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, May 2

Date: Saturday, May 6
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Public Works
The deadline to register is Wednesday, May 3