Flag Rock

Get Outside in Flag Rock Recreation Area! The city park boasts hiking and mountain biking trails, a reservoir for fishing and paddling, bouldering and rock climbing routes, and more.

Hiking & Mountain Biking

The Flag Rock Area Trails system is open to hiking and mountain biking. The system features more than 10 miles of trails that span Flag Rock Recreation Area. City trails also connect to forest roads on the Jefferson National Forest, which afford even more recreation opportunities.

Fishing & Paddling

The city’s Upper Reservoir is a state-stocked trout water. Access to the Upper and Lower Reservoirs is located off State Route 619 three-tenths of a mile above the entrance for Flag Rock Recreation Area. The reservoir is also open to canoeing/kayaking and electric motor boats.

Person fishing at Norton Reservoir.

Bouldering & Rock Climbing

Climbing and bouldering routes are being developed within Flag Rock Recreation Area. In November 2014, the city signed a memorandum of understanding with the Central Appalachia Climbers Coalition to develop climbing in the park.

Photo of a picnic table


The recreation area offers two shelters with large grill areas, fireplaces, electricity and water that can be rented for $50 per day. Playground equipment and a recreational field are located between the shelters. Restroom facilities are within walking distance of the shelters.

The park also offers five smaller shelters at no charge that are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Contact the Norton Parks and Recreation office for more information on renting a shelter: rmkilgore@nortonva.org or (276) 679-0754.


The recreation area has an 18-site campground. Campsites are $20 per night and available on a first come, first serve basis. Click below for details.
Photo of Flag Rock Campground