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High Knob Region

Explore the High Knob Region from your phone, tablet, or computer with these Digital Trail Guides and Outdoor Chats.

Digital Trail Guides

Flag Rock Area Trails

Explore Flag Rock Area Trails in Norton, Virginia on this 3-mile loop. Click below for a detailed trail guide. This loop is open to foot travel and mountain biking.

Bark Camp Lakeshore Trail

This 3.7-mile loop trail circles the 45-acre Bark Camp Lake in Bark Camp Recreation Area. The recreation area is managed by the U.S. Forest Service and is located in Scott County. Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. Please note there is a $3 parking fee at the trailhead.

Lake Keokee Loop Trail

This 3.7-mile loop trail circles the 92-acre Keokee Lake in Lee County. Difficulty: Moderate.

Sugar Hill Loop Trail

This 3.3-mile loop is located in Clinch River State Park’s St. Paul unit. Enjoy spectacular views as you walk through wooded areas, open fields, and along the Clinch River. The trailhead is just outside downtown St. Paul and is about a 30-minute drive from downtown Norton.

Guest River Gorge Trail

The Guest River Gorge Trail is a 5.5-mile rail-trail in the Jefferson National Forest. The trailhead is located off state route 72 outside the town of Coeburn in Wise County. Difficulty: Easy. See this link for a detailed trail guide.

Chief Benge Scout Trail
(Mountain Fork >> High Knob Recreation Area)

This 5.5-mile lollipop loop follows the Chief Benge Scout Trail from the Mountain Fork road crossing to High Knob Recreation Area. Please click the button below for a detailed guide of the trail section featured in the video. Note: The written trail guide’s starting point is High Knob Recreation Area rather than Forest Road 704 (depicted in the video). The 15.6-mile Chief Benge Scout Trail is open to foot traffic and mountain biking. Please also note that High Knob Recreation Area’s facilities, including bathrooms and the campground, are open seasonally from late May to early fall. Please contact the Clinch Ranger District for updates on seasonal operations. 

Powell River Trail

The 3.4-mile (round-trip) Powell River Trail is a paved rail-trail that follows the Powell River. The trail starts in the Town of Appalachia. Trail highlights include crossing two former railroad trestles and passing through two tunnels. Difficulty: Easy. Open to bicycles and foot traffic.

Outdoor Chats

Southwest Virginia Tree Syrup Production

Join Chris Allgyer with Virginia Master Naturalists’ High Knob Chapter and Phil Meeks with Wise County Cooperative Extension as they discuss tree syrup production in Wise County and Southwest Virginia.

Backpacking 101

Join avid backpackers Chelsea and Justin Barnes for an outdoor chat on backpacking and all the lessons they’ve learned on the trail.

High Knob Region Plants and Wildflowers

Phil Meeks with Wise County Cooperative Extension joins us for a Digital Outdoor Chat to discuss the plants and wildflowers you might find in Flag Rock Recreation Area and on High Knob.

High Knob Region Amphibians & Reptiles

Join Wally Smith, a herpetologist and associate professor of biology at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, for a digital hike to see some of the amphibians and reptiles you might find in Flag Rock Recreation Area and High Knob.