Weekend Outdoor Getaway
Weekend Outdoor Getaway
Day Tripper: High Knob Edition
Sunrise Sightseeing: Flag Rock Recreation Area
Afternoon Adventure: High Knob
Evening Exploration: Southwest Virginia Sunset
View of Downtown Norton
- If seeking the great indoors, check out these Hotels.
- If wanting to camp, Flag Rock Recreation Area has an 18-site campground open April 1-Oct. 30. See the Campground Page for details. Also check out these other Area Campgrounds.
Weekend Warrior: Day Two: Lakes and Rivers Edition
Sunrise Sightseeing: Little Stony Falls National Recreation Trail
Little Stony Falls (Photo Kyle LaFerriere)
- Take a hike: A 2.7-mile (one-way) footpath meanders along Little Stony Creek downstream to Hanging Rock Recreation Area. The trail passes several waterfalls, including Little Stony Falls, pictured above. The trailhead closest to Little Stony Falls is located outside Coeburn in Scott County is about 17 miles from downtown Norton. Driving Directions to the trailhead.
- Love to fish? Little Stony Creek is also a special regulation trout water and is strictly catch and release. It includes the portion of Little Stony Creek and its tributaries within the Jefferson National Forest from the Falls of Little Stony Creek downstream to a posted sign at the Hanging Rock Recreation Area. See the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources' Website for more information. Park at Hanging Rock Recreation Area, which offers easy access to the creek. Driving Directions to the recreation area.
- Scenic drive. Take the scenic route back to downtown Norton, if parked at the upper trailhead for Little Stony Falls. Note: This route includes gravel roads that might not be suitable for some vehicles. Some Forest Service roads may be gated during winter months.
-- From the trailhead parking lot turn right back onto Forest Road 701. Take this road approximately eight-tenths of a mile until reaching an intersection with Forest Road 700.
-- Turn left on to FR 700. Travel this road for about 3.5 miles until it intersects State Route 822. Turn right.
-- Follow SR 822 for approximately 2.6 miles to its intersection with State Route 699 (Pine Camp Road). **Note: After traveling about a mile on SR 822, you'll pass the turn off for Bark Camp Lake Recreation Area. If you have time, take the road to the recreation area, which offers a campground, fishing, boating, and hiking opportunities. There is a $3 day use fee.
-- At the SR 822/SR 699 intersection, turn left. After a short time on SR 699, you'll intersect SR 706. Turn left.
-- Follow SR 706 for about 1.2 miles and continue onto Forest Road 238. Stay on this road approximately 5 miles. At this time you'll reach the approach road to the High Knob observation tower. Take a detour for a visit to the tower or continue on FR 238 for another half mile to its intersection with State Route 619. Turn right and stay on SR 619 almost four miles to get back to downtown Norton.
- Eat lunch at one of these Local Restaurants in downtown Norton.
Afternoon Adventure: North Fork of Pound Reservoir
North Fork of Pound Reservoir as seen from the Laurel Fork Trail
Explore the North Fork of Pound Reservoir: The 154-acre lake offers 13.5 miles of wooded shoreline and is located about 17 miles from downtown Norton outside Pound.
- Paddle the reservoir. If needing to rent a boat, check out the High Knob Adventure Guide for a list of area outfitters. A great place to put in the reservoir is the North Fork of Pound Boat Launch.
- Hike the Laurel Fork Trail, a 1.5-mile footpath (one-way) that wanders the shoreline of the reservoir. Pictured above is at the trail's terminus. Another option is the 1.2-mile Phillips Creek Trail that begins in the Phillips Creek Recreation Area.
- Cast a line. Numerous fishing spots surround the reservoir. Check out these spots: North Fork of Pound Boat Launch, Phillips Creek Recreation Area, and Cane Patch Campground.
Evening Exploration: Norton Reservoir
Norton's Upper Reservoir as seen from the Lake Lake Show Trail
Spend a late afternoon/early evening exploring Norton's 9.8-acre Upper Reservoir and its 7.8-acre Lower Reservoir. Driving Directions
- If opting to visit Norton's Upper Reservoir earlier in the day, canoe or kayak. If needing to rent a boat, check out the High Knob Adventure Guide for a list of area outfitters.
- Cast a line. Norton's Upper Reservoir is a state-stocked trout water. Visit the city's Fishing Page for more information and regulations.
- Take a stroll around the Upper Reservoir via the Lake Lake Show Trail, an almost one-mile hiking and mountain biking trail that circles the lake and also offers views of the Lower Reservoir. See the city's Flag Rock Area Trails page for more information.
- Either head back to downtown Norton for dinner at one of these Local Restaurants or get dinner to go and have a picnic along the Reservoir's shoreline.