Rocky Knob Recreational Area

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Rocky Knob Recreational Area

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Tara Heagele
Trenton, NJ941 contributions
Jun 2022
We hiked the Black Ridge Trail, a 3-mile, 90-minute, moderate loop, in the Rocky Knob Recreational Area on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We went on an overcast morning, which limited some of the faraway views. However, the hike itself was eerie and beautiful in the clouds. Lots of places to take beautiful photos of wildflowers, trees, ruins, cattle grazing, streams, and, on a clear day, the distant mountains.
Written June 7, 2022
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Roanoke, VA345 contributions
May 2020 • Couples
We did the 3 mile loop, and plan to trek the 10.8 mile hike a little later in Aug. the views are breathtaking! Some points you cross over a creek so be prepared and wear proper shoes. The rec area is very nicely kept and there is a ton of room to go up there for a picnic to enjoy the Mountain View. This is a definite must for all outdoorsy people.
Written June 1, 2020
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Cynthia S
Raleigh, NC172 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
We did the rock castle gorge hike with a group. It was amazing. Beautiful scenery, not crowded, and i believe we may have even heard a bear. The last 3 miles of our hike was INTENSE. I would visit here again for sure but maybe take off the last 3 miles.
Written May 23, 2021
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Becki B
Bassett, VA62 contributions
Oct 2019
We have been to Rocky Knob many times for family reunions. The area is beautiful and nature abounds. There are lots of picnic tables as well as a larger shelter. Restrooms are available. For those who like to hike, the trails are mildly strenuous but allow you to see even more of the beauty of the mountains. The large field is great for frisbee, volleyball, or football games.
Written September 5, 2020
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Rick B
Round Rock, TX1,217 contributions
Nov 2016
Rocky Knob is another winner on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I have been searching up and down the central Blue Ridge Parkway for hiking spots and came across Rocky Knob Rec Area. The address says Floyd VA, but on the parkway you will find it ten or so miles north of The Meadows of Dan and the Mabry Mill. On this Tuesday the place was about deserted. I first went to the campgrounds but they were closed. I then went to the picnic area which is aged but very nice. Looking for a place to park and catch the Rock Castle Gorge Trail my reason for coming I settled at the Saddle Overlook, one of three or four nice overlooks in the area. The Rock Castle Gorge Trail has absolutely everything. Views, creeks, waterfalls, old homesteads, ruins of old homesteads, rock and boulder field hiking, rhododendron tunnels, pine forests, open fields, stiles, cow dung and cows. What else could one ask of a ten mile hike? I didn't see any cows but they had definitely been there on the open balds as the NPS contracts out grazing rights in this area. The trail starts to the left of the overlook, well you get it there as it is a loop (Loops really don't have a starting point do they). Immediately you are over a fence stile and into the pasture. Pay attention not only for what you might step in but look for the short posts that will lead you across this open area. Some of them are spaced quite far apart. After you pass opposite the campground you finally hit the woods and begin your descent into the Rockcastle Gorge. Going clockwise on this trail is important because this descent/ascent if coming the other way is rough, rock strewn, and you gain/ lose 1100 feet in just about a mile. A real thigh burner. Once through this area the trail levels out into the enjoyable and soon parallels Little Rockcastle Creek. this is an enjoyable little creek. Soon the little Rockcastle and Rockcastle Creeks join up near the Primitive campsites. There is a parking area here accessed off Woolwine Highway which is where I had planned to start but missed the turn. If you have read my reviews before I miss a lot of stuff I shouldn't and yet again I did which is what took me onto the parkway but it worked out because I had planned on starting with the 1100 foot ascent which would have quickly ruined this outing. There are 6 or 7 sites at the primitive campground a beautiful place along Rockcastle Creek. Each has a fire ring a bench and a bear box for your food. All trash has to be packed out. There is also a port a john, one for the whole area. From here we follow the fire road for the next 2 1/2 miles. Two good things here, you get to enjoy the creek and you are gaining altitude towards the 3700 foot peak of Rocky Knob. This section has some nice bridges crossing the creek so you aren't going to get wet either. you will also see a really neat house which by the way is privately owned so don't go nosing around too much. After you leave the creek you do get to do some climbing although not as steep or as long as the trek down was. highlights of this section, the biggest drop of the Rockcastle Creek, old homestead chimney and the Rockcastle or I think also known as the Bear Rocks. You get to hike up and through the Rockcastle and be vigilant as there are numerous small caves, that were well worn among this pile of rocks and this is bear country. Finally you continue your climb back to the pasture fields on grass Knoll and the parkway back to the Saddle Overlook. Because of time I didn't go to the top of Rocky Knob where the old AT shelter is but will on my next visit to this nearly perfect outing. By the way dress accordingly. When I arrived at 8 am it was windy and cold in the saddle. As I hiked the strenuous downhill I thought to take off my outer shirt at the campsites but it was cool there as you walk through the rocks and rhododendron tunnels it is also cool so layer up for this one.
Written November 16, 2016
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Winston Salem, NC1,464 contributions
Jun 2014 • Couples
Great campground run by the National Park Service located on the Blue Ridge Parkway just 9 miles from town of Floyd, VA (see separate reviews). RV and tent sites. Bathrooms with flush toilets and sinks but no showers. Water is available at central locations but no electrical/water hookups at individual sites. All sites have picnic table, fire ring and lantern hook. There is adequate space between campsites and it is very wooded. An elevation of 2800 feet means it stays fairly cool during summer. You can hike a 10 mile loop trail or take shorter (1-2 mile) hikes to overlooks. The area also has a visitor center/picnic area for day use a mile or so from the campground. Mabry Mill historic area is 6 or so miles south on Blue Ridge Parkway.
Written June 8, 2014
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Burlington, VT106 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
Rocky Knob embodies low impact camping at its finest, from the superb hiking, to the friendly staff who take time to help first-time visitors feel at home, to the clean facilities and respectful rangers who go about maintaining the park without unduly disturbance. We have visited Rocky Knob overnight for several different summers, choosing this park for it's location, but returning because of the exceptional peaceful ambiance. The campground is small--very simple, pleasant, and rural. As a launch point for a one or two-day bicycle ride, Rocky Knob is perfect, or for several days of relaxing dry camping with day hikes, some challenging, others suitable for the city-bound, this camping area will attract the visitor who treasures access to some of the East Coast's most beautiful scenery. On our ridge line day hike, we discovered an Appalachian Trail hut left from the 50s when the trail cut through this area, and still in perfect condition with rough-hewn framing and stone floor. Even as a tenderfoot, I would sleep in that hut! The high pastures of this area of the Blue Ridge Parkway hum with wildlife and birds of all kinds, co-existing with the local cattle herds. The nearby restaurants are friendly and good. The motorcycling in the area is among the best we found, though our adventure this year on foot equalled the riding for woodland paths interspersed with views of the Blue Ridge folding away, quiet and stately in the morning sun.
Written May 24, 2014
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Clemmons, NC712 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
Camping at rocky knob will appeal to those wanting to get away from it all. Tent campers can choose from many sites nestled in the woods or along a sunny meadow. Minimal facilities (indoor toilets, cold water in sinks and spigots only) but you can bring sun showers and make,hot water on your Coleman. Spend your days hiking and nights by the campfire.
Written January 23, 2018
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William W
Steubenville, OH20 contributions
Feb 2015
A really nice area... the RA is up on the Blue Ridge Parkway and there are some fairly moderate hiking trails in the area... The scenery is gorgeous... The best part (for us) is the lower part of the Rock Castle Creek Gorge Trail that runs along a beautiful, clear, open stream with many small falls and pools... Worth a hike!
Written September 1, 2015
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Tim Y
King, NC262 contributions
Sep 2014 • Family
Even though our politicians are systematically destroying our national parks by logging, mining or just failing to budget the money to keep them in operation, this is STILL a beautiful place to enjoy outdoor camping - tent or RV.

Sites are inexpensive ($16 night, $8 if you have one of the National Parks Passes). There is a loop for RVs which I believe has hookups. Rates may be higher.

There used to be 3 loops for tents but thanks to budget cuts, only one was active. Unfortunately, it is NOT the best one. Loop C has large sites with just enough trees to provide pleasant hardwood shade. Plenty of distance between the sites makes this a pleasant place to camp.
Loop B and C are currently (since 2012) closed. Only loop A remains open for tents. It's still very nice but C was much better.

Some things to note:
Each loop has restroom facilities (mens and womens) but no showers.
They no longer sell firewood and collecting firewood from the ground may not be an option if it has rained. You can buy it in Meadows of Dan which is very close.
Chateau Morrisette Winery is close by and there are lots of hiking trails and short day trip options if you stay here including: Mabry Mill (see TripAdvisor for info), a covered bridge, Blacksnake Meadery, Buffalo Mountain and lots of local music options.
Written September 21, 2014
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