Rocky Knob on the Way to Grayson Highlands
Trip Start Aug 19, 2012
58Trip End Dec 30, 2013
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Grayson Highlands State Park. We left from the Triangle area in the late morning and started making our way towards the Virginia highlands. To break up the drive and get a little hiking in on Friday, we stopped on the way at Rocky Knob Recreation Area off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Normally when I come here, we hike the Rock Castle Gorge Trail, a strenuous 11-mile loop that runs from the gorge up to the parkway and back. But we didn't have enough time for that today, so instead we hiked the Black Ridge Trail, a shorter 3-mile loop that stays up on the ridge near the parkway. We parked by the visitor center, which was closed, and started out on the trail, coming to a split almost immediately. Turning left at the split to go around the loop in the counter-clockwise direction, we crossed the Blue Ridge Parkway and joined with the Rock Castle Gorge Trail near the Twelve O-Clock Knob Overlook. From this overlook, we could see into Rock Castle Gorge below and the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains beyondThis past weekend was our big annual trip to