August 2, 2012 by: Andy & Chris Moreno
Hiking Trails Near Floyd, VA
Situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the Floyd area offers ample resources for hikers and nature lovers. Several of these trails are accessible from the Blue Ridge Parkway, a scenic mountain roadway that stretches through 469 miles of Virginia and North Carolina. The area's offerings include two major hiking attractions in Floyd County, and one each in neighboring Franklin and Patrick counties.
BUFFALO MOUNTAIN NATURAL AREA PRESERVE
The highest point in Floyd County at 3,971 feet, Buffalo Mountain is named for its shape, which resembles a buffalo's head and back. The summit is accessible by a 1-mile trail, which offers a steep and strenuous hike, but rewards hikers with a striking panoramic view of the surrounding area. Parking is available at the trailhead, which can be reached from VA Route 727.
ROCKY KNOB RECREATION AREA
Located about 10 miles south of the town of Floyd, Rocky Knob Recreation Area offers an extensive trail system. The longest trail in the area is the the Rock Castle Gorge Trail, a moderate to strenuous loop that stretches 10.8 miles over elevations varying from 1,700 to 3,572 feet. Shorter, less taxing hikes can be had on the three-mile Black Ridge Trail and the 2.6-mile Picnic Loop Trail.
SMART VIEW RECREATIONAL AREA
Smart View Recreational Area is located in Franklin County, about 20 minutes from the town of Floyd, and is directly accessible from the Blur Ridge Parkway. The area offers picnic tables and shelters, as well as the 3.16-mile Smart View Loop Trail. The trail winds through wooded areas, and leads to scenic overlooks at Trails Cabin and the Smart View Overlook.
FAIRY STONE STATE PARK
Located about 25 miles southeast of Floyd in Patrick County, Fairy Stone State Park offers a number of hiking trails, divided into two trail systems. The Stuarts Knob trail system, which is designated for hikers only, includes about five miles of trails ranging from moderate to strenuous. The longer Little Mountain system includes about 13 miles of multiuse trails for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders.