One of the head-water streams of the South Fork of the Roanoke River, Bottom Creek is a powerful mountain stream that forms a stair-step series of broad-basin waterfalls known as "The Kettles."
There are more than five miles of moderate trails. An old road takes hikers up a hill, and then there are three branches of trail. There are no restrooms.
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Why TNC Selected this Site
Bottom Creek Gorge is a hotbed for rare aquatic species, providing critical habitat for four species of fish native to the headwaters of the Roanoke River: the orangefin madtom, the bigeye jumprock, the riverweed darter, and the Roanoke darter.
It also contains approximately 10 percent of all fish species known from Virginia, including native brook trout.
Please note: fishing is not permitted in the preserve.
Flanking Bottom Creek are forests of mixed hardwoods (tulip poplar, maple, oak, hickory) and upland meadows. Bottom Creek Gorge also contains virgin hemlocks and hundreds of wildflowers.