Mill Creek Nature Park

Voted "Best Hike to Take Your Dog On"

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Mill Creek Nature Park is 140+ acres adjoining the Town of Narrows and Jefferson National Forest.  This property offers miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, beautiful water falls, and fishing for native trout in a pristine mountain stream (valid Virginia licenses required).  The park has a small picnic shelter as well as a hiker shelter near the reservoir.

Mill Creek reservoir served as a water source for the town until the 1970s.  The original hand-cut stone portion of the dam is still functional and dates to the 1780s.  Hiking past the reservoir site leads to four waterfalls along the mountain creeks of Mill Creek and Mercy Branch.

Mill Creek received a silver award in “Best of the Blue Ridge” in 2013 and was also featured in a national commercial for Barbarsol shave cream.

 

Check out this story from Cardinal News on our very own Ralph Robertson. Local outdoor enthusiast, kayaker, trail builder and volunteer.

72-year-old ‘local legend’ has built over 13 miles of trails for his community

In his time off, Giles County retiree Ralph Robertson mountain bikes and hikes the trails he’s cleared in the Mill Creek/Wolf Creek Mountain wilderness. “Some people loves to fish, some people loves to hunt; well, I just love to build trails,” he said.
Mountain Biking Trails
Mill Creek Nature Park

Butternut: 2.83 miles, difficult, steep, rocky switchback climb, on double track to the top of Pearis Mountain.
Catwalk (yellow): 0.87 miles, difficult upper half features a technical rock garden, with very challenging steep sections.
Waterfall: 0.52 miles, difficult, follows Mill Creek and offers nice views. Rocky, steep, and narrow in places.
Grassy Road: I.35 miles, easy, sooth, grassy double track to Sentinel Point overlooking Narrows.
Long Shot: 3.4 miles, easy, very enjoyable, rolling, mixed double and single track.
Mercy Branch: 1.96 miles, easy, rolling climb from Mercy Branch Creek to Rocky Ridge Trail.
Old Rhodie: I.2 miles, easy, alternates between double track and rhododendron tunnels.
Piney Road: 0.88 miles, moderate, smooth pine packed single track featuring a creek crossing.
Rocky Ridge: 1.9 miles, easy rolling descent from the top of Pearis Mountain to Mercy Branch Creek.
Shortcut: 0.33 miles, easy, downhill, pine packed descent – connecting Grassy Road and Piney Road.

Directions from Main St in Narrows:

Follow Main Street headed out of Town. Turn right at Riffe’s Funeral Home on Northview St. Follow Northview Street until you reach the Mill Creek Nature Park parking lot.

Directions from Rt.100 Pearisburg:

Follow Rt. 100 into Narrows. Turn left at Riffe’s Funeral Home on Northview St. Follow Northview Street until you reach Mill Creek Nature Park parking lot.

Photos by Ralph Robertson and Alisa Moody