Exploring The Great Channels of Virginia

The Great Channels are one of Virginia's best-kept secrets. Located in the heart of the vast state forest in the designated 721-acre Channels Natural Area Preserve, the Great Channels are a 20-acre labyrinth of sandstone formed during the last ice age, stashed away along the 4,208-foot crest of Middle Knob, the high point of Clinch Mountain. The Great Channels are an otherworldly experience like no other place else in the state and reminiscent of the slot canyons and gorges of the American Southwest. We recommend visiting mid-week, early morning, or late afternoon to avoid crowds. Have an alternate plan in mind if the parking lot is full when you arrive. The parking lot off Virginia Highway 80 will be limited to 10 vehicles at one time. Visitors are asked to come back later should the lot be full when they arrive. Parking will not be permitted along Highway 80. “No parking” signs have been posted, and violators will be ticketed.

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