Roanoke, VA: Little Stony Creek

Twist through a sandstone gorge with a handful of waterfalls on this 7.8-miler topping out at a tabletop overlook above Jefferson National Forest.
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Twist through a sandstone gorge with a handful of waterfalls on this 7.8-miler topping out at a tabletop overlook above Jefferson National Forest.

-Mapped by Collins Chew

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.3

Waypoints

LSC001

Location: 36.8590393066406, -82.4477386474609

In winter, start @ gate into Hanging Rock picnic area. Head N, then turn R @ Y, crossing small stream

LSC002

Location: 36.8614692687988, -82.4459762573242

In summer, park @ far end of picnic area and pick up yellow-blazed trail. To W is aptly named Hanging Rock

LSC003

Location: 36.8631210327148, -82.4459381103516

Cliff on R; metal slats guard old coal mine. Continue along well-graded path, once a narrow-gauge railroad

LSC004

Location: 36.8666801452637, -82.4477615356445

First bridge over Little Stony Creek. Check out crags 400 ft. above

LSC005

Location: 36.8754806518555, -82.4471130371094

Second bridge crossing through dense cove of hardwoods and hemlocks

LSC006

Location: 36.8770484924316, -82.4495391845703

Tiny stream crosses trail. Note: when water is high, it's difficult to ford

LSC007

Location: 36.8772201538086, -82.4603881835938

Bridge across Corder Branch, side stream from slim canyon to N. Look up to canyon rim; hike's endpoint is high above

LSC008

Location: 36.8751106262207, -82.4631271362305

Reach platform overlooking Lower Falls of Little Stony Creek tumbling over ledges; bridge over creek ahead

LSC009

Location: 36.8711204528809, -82.4616775512695

Upper Falls of Little Stony Creek drop over bedrock. Cross another bridge above falls and begin climb out of gorge

LSC010

Location: 36.8698806762695, -82.4630813598633

R onto side trail to parking area, then R @ gravel road on other side of lot

LSC011

Location: 36.868709564209, -82.4644393920898

Road takes sharp R uphill, leaving yellow-blazed trail and creek behind

LSC012

Location: 36.8754501342773, -82.4645462036133

R onto trail @ small parking area along gravel road

LSC013

Location: 36.8774490356445, -82.4617156982422

Narrow plateau juts above Little Stony Creek and Corder Branch Canyons; see Brumley Mtn. far off to E. Return to car