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Rock Castle Gorge – [2024 Update] Unofficial Trail Guide

Written by Brian Bailey

May 25, 2021

Rock Castle Gorge Statistics


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Iconic Picture Spot

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Rock Castle Gorge - Unofficial Trail Guide

 Loop Trail       Blue Ridge Parkway        Camping  

Rock Castle Gorge is a one-of-a-kind hike located near Floyd, Va. One of the many Rocky Knob Hiking Trails operated by the National Park Service, Rock Castle Gorge Hike is a 10.7 mile loop hike that starts at the Blue Ridge Parkway, descends into the canyon and returns to the top. 

Editor's Note: We try hard to be accurate in our reporting but please always use multiple references before driving to a trailhead as trail amenities and conditions can always change.

Rock Castle Gorge Location & Trail Conditions

Rock Castle Gorge Picture Locations

East End of Blue Ridge Parkway

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Midway Point Blue Ridge Parkway

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Rock Castle Gorge Additional Information

There is parking in the canyon section of the hike if you just want to tackle a section away from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Going Clockwise, there's an expansive rock garden at about 8:00 of the hike that was impressive even for this area.

Can I camp at Rock Castle Gorge?

Yes, primitive camping is available at Rock Castle Gorge designated areas with a backcountry camping permit.

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