Stone Mountain Trail – FT #207306 Wood Ave E., Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Big Stone Gap
This is a rugged 14+ mile trail that follows the crest of Stone Mountain between Big Stone Gap and Cave Springs Recreation Area. Visitors who don’t want to hike the whole trail should take in the eastern end that starts just off Hwy. 58A 1.4 miles north of Big Stone Gap. The trail also connects at the middle with a spur to Lake Keokee and at the west end at the Cave Springs Recreation Area. The first mile of the trail is a series of rock stairs that were constructed by the Youth Conservation Corps in the 1970s. Many miniature falls cascade along the sold rock stream-bed exposing interesting rock formations. There is a stand of old growth hemlock 300+ years old. High Butte is a large rock outcrop with views of the Powell river, Black Mountain and Kentucky. Olinger Gap is where the hiker can take a trail off to the north to Lake Keokee. One of the nicest natural settings in Southwestern Virginia lies in the Roaring Branch drainage among the Hemlocks. The trail is 14.3 miles and is difficult because of its length and uneven footing. Open to hiking, biking, and equestrian, the trail is closed to motorized vehicles. $3 day use fee per vehicle From Big Stone Gap VA: Follow Alternate 58 West for 2.5 miles. Turn right onto SR 621 and follow for 6.1 miles to the entrance of Cave Springs Recreation Area on the right. Parking for the trail is the swimming area parking lot.