Bottoms Creek Gorge Forming the headwaters of the Roanoke River, Bottom Creek Gorge boasts spectacular scenery: the second highest waterfall in Virginia, virgin hemlocks and hundreds of wildflowers. <p class="text2">Bottom Creek is a powerful mountain stream that forms a stair-step series of broad-basin waterfalls known as the &quot;kettles.&quot; One of the headwater streams of the South Fork of the Roanoke River, Bottom Creek boasts a 200-foot high waterfall. Flanking Bottom Creek are forests of mixed hardwoods (tulip poplar, maple, oak, hickory) and upland meadows. Five rare species thrive in this habitat.</p> <ul> <li>Download additional <a href="http://www.nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/virginia/files/bottom_creek_gorge_trail_map.pdf">Bottoms Creek Gorge Trail Map</a></li> </ul> <p class="text2"><u><strong>Directions</strong></u><br> From Roanoke and points north:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li> <div class="text2">From I-81, take exit #141, Route 419 south, to Salem.</div> </li> <li> <div class="text2">Go south on Route 419 for about eight miles to Route 221 at Cave Spring.</div> </li> <li> <div class="text2">Take winding Route 221 south for 13.8 miles to Route 644.</div> </li> <li> <div class="text2">You will pass through the town of Bent Mountain, then pass an entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway on your left. About 0.6 miles past the Parkway entrance, turn right on Route 644.&nbsp;</div> </li> <li> <div class="text2">After 1.1 miles, the road forks. Stay to the right on Route 669.</div> </li> <li> <div class="text2">Continue straight on Route 669. DO NOT turn right on Bottom Creek Road.</div> </li> <li> <div class="text2">After 1.5 miles, you will come to a &quot;Y&quot; intersection.&nbsp;Bear slightly right, staying on Route 669.</div> </li> <li> <div class="text2">Soon you will be driving alongside Bottom Creek on your left. After 1.3 miles, you will cross a small bridge. Look for the Preserve sign on your left. Turn left at the sign and go up the gravel driveway to the gate.</div> </li> <li> <div class="text2">Park on the side of the road at the gate. Walk about half a mile up the gravel road to the trailheads where you will find another sign and trail maps.</div> </li> </ul> <p class="text2">From Blacksburg and Christiansburg:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li> <div class="text2">Take Route 11/460 northeast to the town of Shawsville.</div> </li> <li> <div class="text2">At Shawsville, turn right on Route 637 (Allegheny Springs Road).</div> </li> <li> <div class="text2">Stay on this road all the way to the first stop sign in Simpsons. [NOTE: after about seven miles, Route 637 turns to the left while Route 653 continues straight. DO NOT turn left on Route 637, but stay straight on Route 653 to Simpsons].</div> </li> <li> <div class="text2">At the stop sign, turn left on Route 610.</div> </li> <li> <div class="text2">At the next stop sign, turn left on Route 221. Stay on Route 221 for about seven miles.</div> </li> <li> <div class="text2">You will pass through the town of Copper Hill. Turn left on Route 644.</div> </li> <li> <div class="text2">After 1.1 miles, the road forks. Stay to the right on Route 669. Follow the above directions from this point.</div> </li> </ul> <p class="text2">&nbsp;</p> View this Trip at TrimbleOutdoors.com! 541088 Hiking 5.52 196.08 213.2 True Forming the headwaters of the Roanoke River, Bottom Creek Gorge boasts spectacular scenery: the second highest waterfall in Virginia, virgin hemlocks and hundreds of wildflowers. wpt 62 Parking lot 1572688 wpt 63 Boy Scout Bridge 1572689 wpt 64 1572690 wpt 65 1572691 wpt 66 1572692 wpt 67 1572693 wpt 68 1572694 wpt 69 1572695 wpt 70 1572696 wpt 71 1572697 wpt 72 1572698 wpt 73 1572699 wpt 74 1572700 wpt 75 1572701 wpt 77 1572702 wpt 78 1572703 wpt 79 1572704 wpt 80 1572705 wpt 81 1572706 wpt 82 1572707 wpt 83 1572708 wpt 84 1572709 wpt 85 1572710 wpt 86 1572711 wpt 87 1572712 wpt 88 1572713 wpt 90 1572714 wpt 91 1572715 wpt 92 1572716 wpt 93 1572717 wpt 94 1572718 wpt 95 1572719 wpt 96 1572720 wpt 97 1572721 wpt 98 End of blue trail 1572722 wpt 99 waterfall overlook (end of red trail 1572723 wpt 100 1572724 wpt 101 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