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.

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.

Date: Saturday, April 1
Time: 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Public Works
The deadline to register is Wednesday, March 29.

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.

Date: Saturday, April 15
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Public Works
The deadline to register is Wednesday, April 12.

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

Other Spring Hikes

Grassy Hill Natural Area Preserve (2 boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Encompassing much of a three mile long ridge in the western piedmont, the Grassy hill Nature Preserve is home to many rare plant species. Join us as we’ll explore the many different plant habitat communities that stretch throughout the preserve’s 6 miles of trails. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Thursday, March 2 mushrooms
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, February 28.

Ferrier and Lick Branch Hike (3 boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) This seven mile loop hike provides beautiful views of Craig County and Craig Creek. Recently receiving some much needed trail work love, this loop is an old classic brought back to life. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Thursday, May 11 north mountain trail
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, May 9.

Wilson Mountain and Sprouts Run Hike (4 boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) This 8 mile loop hike in the Arcadia area offers great creekside views along the Sprouts Run trail as well as fantastic views of the James River from Wilson Mountain trail. A challenging trail with almost 2,000 feet of elevation gain, this hike will not be for the faint of heart! The program fee includes transportation and leadership. little cove mtn trail

Date: Thursday, May 18
Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Price: $6
Departure Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, May 16.

Old Hotel and Cole Mountain Hike (3 boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Rated as one of the top ten hikes in Virginia, the Old Hotel and Cole Mountain Loop is a moderate 6.5 mile hike with serious view payoffs at the summit. Situated in Amhearst County in the George Washington National Forest, this trail is one of Central Virginia’s only hikes to cross a bald. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Thursday, May 25 mount plesant ferns better
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, May 23.

Smart View Recreation Area Hike (1 boot)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Explore your Blue Ridge! Smart View Recreation Area boasts a great beginner three mile hike off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. This trail meanders through meadows, blackberry bushes, and diverse woodlands past an historic cabin from the 1890s. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Thursday, June 8flat top foliage
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, June 6.

Bottom Creek Gorge Hike (2 boots)

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Join us on an amazing hike to see a beautiful waterfall and old homesteads in Bottom Creek Gorge. This moderate 5 mile hike through the Nature Conservancy will be highlighted by historical remnants and majestic views in this scenic gorge. Come explore one of the best kept secrets of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The program fee includes transportation and leadership.

Date: Thursday, June 15 bottom creek in the gorge
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Meeting Location: Norwich Center
The deadline to register is Tuesday, June 13.