Outdoor Recreation

Photo of mountain bikersThe City of Norton offers ample opportunities to explore Southwest Virginia's outdoor recreation destinations.

Norton's Flag Rock Recreation Area and its Flag Rock Area Trails system offer opportunities to mountain bike, trail run, hike, fish, kayak/canoe, and boulder/rock climb. The city is also a short distance from other outdoor recreation destinations, including the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests and the 4,200-foot High Knob summit that has an observation tower offering a 360-degree view of distant peaks as far away as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and West Virginia. Browse the below links for more details on outdoor recreation opportunities in Norton and the surrounding region. Questions? Call us at (276) 679-1160 or (276) 679-0754 or email katied@nortonva.org.

Mountain Biking

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The city offers more than eight miles of Mountain Bike Trails that explore the thousand-acre Flag Rock Recreation Area. The Flag Rock Area Trails system will eventually offer more than 30 miles of track.


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Norton's Flag Rock Recreation Area boasts more than eight miles of Hiking Trails. The city also adjoins the Jefferson National Forest, which offers more hiking trails a short drive from the city.


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Norton's Flag Rock Recreation Area offers Trail Runners more than eight miles of trails, with more options available in nearby communities.


Rock climber at The Sanctuary in Flag Rock Recreation Area

Expansive sandstone boulders and cliffs canvas Flag Rock Recreation Area. Local climbing groups are working to develop bouldering and rock climbing routes. Check back soon for more information.


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The city offers Fishing at its Upper and Lower Reservoirs.


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Kayak or Canoe Norton's Upper Reservoir and explore other lakes and rivers a short drive from the city.

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