Date(s) - 06/15/2019
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Jonathan Shumaker, 417-389-6987
The Channels Natural Area Preserve
21876 Raven Ridge, Saltville VA 24370
Leader: Tim Schaefer, 423-302-0846
Rating: Moderate 6-mile round-trip hike with 1,100′ elevation gain.
The Great Channels are an unusual geological maze of large crevices in a sandstone bed. The formation is up on a ridgeline, thus also great views. The three mile path is part of the Brumley Mountain Trail – starting out as wide forest service road and then narrowing to a hiking trail. We’ll enjoy exploring the channels and lunch before returning to the cars. Departure time is 8AM from Colonial Heights (to avoid parking congestion at the trail head as much as possible). The 56 mile drive to Hayters Gap will take 75-90 minutes north on I-81 and then winding up the mountain. Expected return time is late afternoon. For further information, check the trail wiki or call/e-mail the hike leader. Courtesy replies are appreciated so we know to look for you. We can meet at either Ingles in Colonial Heights or at the parking location. Note that parking is limited at the trail head. Most importantly, do not block the trail gate for car access.