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Rock Castle Gorge

Yesterday was a get-out-of-the-house day. The hike was to Rock Castle Gorge near Floyd, Virginia. The trail is near the Blue Ridge Parkway and is on land owned by the National Park Service. The trail follows a fast-flowing creek through the gorge. Many years ago, the area was sparsely settled. Now the pastures are mostly overgrown, but one abandoned house remains, with a well-preserved barn and outhouse. There are trout in the stream. We saw at least three fishermen.

These are iPhone photos. I didn’t want to carry the heavy Nikon camera on a six-mile half-uphill hike.


  1. Chenda wrote:

    That house would make a nice renovation project and rural retreat:)

    Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 10:32 am | Permalink
  2. daltoni wrote:

    Hi Chenda: It sure would. I really coveted that barn, too.

    Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 11:55 am | Permalink
  3. Jo wrote:

    Your phone captured some good shots. That was a fine house in its day and seems to be in the middle of “nowhere.” It makes me wonder about the history. The standing chimney in another picture must be quite old, given the size of trees near it. Enjoyed this post very much.

    Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 3:26 pm | Permalink
  4. daltoni wrote:

    Hi Jo: Not to mention that a fine, clear trout stream runs right in front of the all this. I’m guessing that the people who lived there often had trout for supper, with lots of butter.

    Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

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