BIG ROCKY ROW

Length

11 miles

Difficulty

7/10

Views

8/10

Location

37.59681, -79.39101


Trail Notes:

Head North on the Appalachian Trail and in about 300 yards cross Route 130/501 towards Hercules Rd (Route 812).
Once on Route 812, in 20 yards you will take right onto the trail with red markings on rocks and trees, look a little down the trail and you should see a tree with double white blazes.
Mile 1.0 – The next mile you will be paralleling Rocky Run Row creek, crossing a couple of small bridges and the AT will take a sharp turn to the left and climb away from the creek.
Mile 1.2 – Cross Route 812, gravel road and continue on AT towards Johns Hollow Shelter.
Mile 1.8 – Reach Johns Hollow Shelter spur trail, Blue blazed.
Mile 2.9 – Reach the first of 21 switchbacks. The AT is a pleasant/gradual climb until this point. It is a tough climb to Fuller Rocks.
Mile 4.0 – Reach Fuller Rocks, great views of the James River. To the southwest you should be able to see the FAA radar dome on Apple Orchard Mountain. About 50 yards beyond Fuller Rocks is the intersection of the AT and Little Rocky Row.
Mile 4.1 – Reach another great viewing area, in fact, over the next ½ mile there are multiple overlooks.
Mile 4.7 – Overlook with a view of Glasgow looking west. You will start climbing just before this overlook and will gain about 550' over Big Rocky Row Mountain prior to going downhill to the Big Rocky Row overlook.
Mile 5.4 – Big Rocky Row overlook. Retrace your steps for the return trip

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Quick Facts:

  • Camping: Yes
  • Sunrise: Yes
  • Sunset: No
  • Water source: Yes
  • On the A.T.: Yes
  • Parking Lot Size: Medium

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