Channels Trail

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Date(s) - 10/24/2020
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Vic Hasler, 423-416-3166

Medium Hard ~6.4-mile in-out hike with 1,260’ of net elevation change

Channels State Forest
23250 Brumley Gap Road, Abingdon VA 24210


I explored this trail in early August as the alternative route to popular The Channels Natural Area Preserve which allowed creation of the trail wiki page (  Intent is to return to allow others to experience this option versus the ridgetop path, potentially with some light trail maintenance.  An early start from Colonial Heights is desired since a good hour drive to bottom of the mountain and then up a couple of miles on the gravel forest road to reach the preferred trailhead.  The group pace will be slower pausing to paint some of the red blazes as agreed with the state forest ranger.  Goal is to have a late lunch up at the Hayter Gap firetower area with its views.  Once folks have finished enjoying the maze of channels, we’ll head back at a faster pace.  Estimated return time to Colonial Heights is between 4-5pm.   Please call/e-mail the hike leader to know headcount for transportation or last-minute changes.