One of the best-kept secrets in the eastern U.S., Mount Rogers National Recreation Area is every bit as spectacular and beautiful as nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Shenandoah National Park - but without the crowds of its better-known neighbors. Until now it's been difficult to find reliable, comprehensive information about how best to enjoy Mount Rogers, but all that has changed. The Mount Rogers Outdoor Recreation Handbook is the only complete guide to this 100,000-acre gem, revealing the region's vast mountain panoramas, intimate spruce-fir forests, peaceful tumbling waterfalls, and much more. This guide includes detailed profiles of more than a hundred trails that lead visitors to scenic streams, swimming holes, rocky crags, and serene wooded glens. Each profile describes trail highlights, difficulty, length, and connecting trails, as well as trails open to mountain bikers and equestrians. Also included are the Virginia Creeper Trail, the New River Rail Trail, a 67-mile stretch of Appalachian Trail, and trails found in Grayson Highlands State Park. This guide also provides suggested scenic drives, locations of picnic areas and campgrounds, and important touring hints for nearby towns and lodging. (6 x 9, 352 pages, b&w photos, maps)
|Publisher:||Menasha Ridge Press|
|Edition description:||1 ED|
|Product dimensions:||6.03(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.88(d)|
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The Rowland Creek Trail is one of the prettiest paths in Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. The trail starts out in the wide lower valley of Rowland Creek, which becomes pinched in by rocky Chestnut Ridge. The path then steepens and comes to 150-foot Rowlands Creek Falls, a stairstep cascade. The trail climbs the side of Seng Mountain before topping out near Hurricane Gap. There are numerous good camping spots along the way. / Start this path by following the orange blazes away from Forest Road 643 into a hemlock forest. Walk just a few feet before veering onto an old woods road leading left, upstream. Rowland Creek is off to the right. Continue heading up the wide flat and cross Rowland Creek at .3 mile. By .7 mile the hollow has narrowed. The large, mossy outcrops of Chestnut Ridge add a scenic touch to the valley.