Events

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Event

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Daylight Saving Time Trail Run & Mountain Bike Ride

5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17Celebrate the start of Daylight Saving Time by participating in a celebratory run or bike ride on Norton’s Flag Rock Area Trails. Contact Katie Dunn, katied@nortonva.org or (276) 679-1160, for details. Event will start at Norton Reservoir Trailhead.

Flag Rock Group Trail Runs

5:30 p.m. Thursdays, April-OctoberWeeknight group trail runs. All paces welcome. Distance determined based on attendance. All runs start at Norton Reservoir Trailhead. Contact Katie Dunn, katied@nortonva.org or (276) 679-1160, for details.

Flag Rock Group Mountain Bike Rides

6 p.m. on first three Tuesdays of each month, April-OctoberJoin guides Andy Mullins and Abby O’Hare for weeknight mountain bike rides on the Flag Rock Area Trails system in Norton’s Flag Rock Recreation Area. Rides will be tailored to attendees in terms of length and difficulty. All rides will start at the Norton Reservoir Trailhead. Contact Andy Mullins, amullins@gmail.com, or Katie Dunn, katied@nortonva.org or (276 679-1160, for details. 

Volunteer Trail Worknights

6-8 p.m. on last Tuesday of each month, April-OctoberHelp maintain and expand Norton’s Flag Rock Area Trails system during monthly trail worknights. Tools provided. Bring water and snack. Sturdy shoes, work gloves, and eye protection also suggested. Location of trail work will be announced closer to each event. Contact Andy Mullins, amullins@gmail.com, or Katie Dunn, katied@nortonva.org or (276) 679-1160, for details.

Fit Farmer 12K Trail Run

9 a.m. Saturday, May 16, 2020The Norton Friends and Farmers Market’s third annual Fit Farmer 12K Trail Run will be held on the Flag Rock Area Trails system. Race benefits the market’s Senior Supplement Nutrition Program. See www.fitfarmertrailrun.wordpress.com and www.facebook.com/fitfarmertrailrun for more details. Also see http://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=72031 to register. Contact Katie Dunn, katied@nortonva.org or (276) 679-1160, for details.

Outdoor Chat: Wildflower Hike

10 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2020Join Phil Meeks with Wise County Cooperative Extension for a guided spring wildflower hike on the Flag Rock Area Trails system. Registration required. Contact Katie Dunn, katied@nortonva.org or (276) 679-1160, for details.

Woodbooger Chase Triathlon

10 a.m. Sunday, June 14, 2020Fourth annual triathlong that challenges participants to canoe/kayak, run, and mountain bike. Part of Best Friend Festival. See www.facebook.com/bestfriendfestival for details.

High Knob Outdoor Fest

9 a.m.-7 p.m. August 15, 2020Join the City of Norton and Wise County Cooperative Extension for the third annual High Knob Outdoor Fest. Festival will feature outdoor recreation trips, including several in Flag Rock Recreation Area, and activities, demonstrations, live music, food trucks, craft beer, and vendors in downtown Norton. Contact Katie Dunn, katied@nortonva.org or (276) 679-1160, for details.

Outdoor Chat: Flag Rock BioBlitz

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, August 29, 2020Explore Flag Rock Recreation Area and record as many species of plants, animals, and other organisms as possible. Stay tuned for more details. Contact Katie Dunn, katied@nortonva.org or (276) 679-1160, for details. 

Woodbooger Geocache Event

Saturday, September 5, 2020Third annual geocaching event that challenges participants to find caches in Flag Rock Recreation Area and other sites in the High Knob region. Contact Rick Watts, biblemanrick@hotmail.com or (276) 365-2091, for details.

Outdoor Yoga Classes

10 a.m. Saturdays (April 18, May 16, June 13, July 18, August 15)Join yoga instructor Jen Adams for hourlong yoga classes in the Upper Campground in Flag Rock Recreation Area. Cost: $5 per person. Contact Katie Dunn, katied@nortonva.org or (276) 679-1160, for details.

Woodbooger Fest

6-10 p.m. Saturday, October 3, 2020Seventh annual event that celebrates Flag Rock Recreation Area and the "Woodbooger," a mythical Bigfoot-like creatre rumored to roam Flag Rock. See www.woodboogerfest.com

Cloudsplitter 100

October 17-18, 2020Fourth annual trail running event that offers 25-kilometer, 50-kilometer, 100-kilometer, and 100-mile options. Part of race is run on Flag Rock Area Trails. See cloudsplitter100.com

Flag Rock Area Trails Winter Lunch Runs

12 p.m. Thursdays in November and DecemberGroup trail runs held on the Flag Rock Area Trails system. All paces welcome. Distance determined based on attendance. All runs will start at Norton Reservoir Trailhead. Contact Katie Dunn, katied@nortonva.org or (276) 679-1160, for details.

Monthly Hike: Pickem Mountain Loop

9 a.m. Saturday, December 12, 2020Group hike that travels a 5-mile loop on the Flag Rock Area Trails system. Wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Bring water/snack. Difficulty: Moderate. Meet at Norton Reservoir Trailhead. Pre-Registration Required. Contact Katie Dunn, katied@nortonva.org or (276) 679-1160, for details.