FLATWOODS GROUP PICNIC AREA, VA

Flatwoods Group Picnic area is a secluded site surrounded by forest. It is a great facility for family reunions, organization activities and other group events. The Guest River Gorge is full of scenic beauty, native flora and fauna, as well as historic features. The Guest River...
Status: Open through Tue Sep 30 2014   Season Dates

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  • Pets permitted on leash only.

  • The picnic area is behind a locked gate. On days this facility is rented the gate will be opened early in the morning on the day of your reservation. If the gate is not unlocked, please call the office (276)679-8370 during business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). On weekends or weekday evenings call, (276)393-3930.


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    Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
    Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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    Overview

    Overview

    Flatwoods Group Picnic area is a secluded site surrounded by forest. It is a great facility for family reunions, organization activities and other group events.

    Natural Features:

    The Guest River Gorge is full of scenic beauty, native flora and fauna, as well as historic features. The Guest River Gorge can easily be explored by hiking or biking a 5.8-mile trail built upon an old railroad grade. The trail follows the Guest River as it meanders through 8 branches and creeks and terminates at the Guest River's confluence with the Clinch River. The first 0.3-miles is handicap accessible. This scenic trail passes through riparian forest, 300-million year old cliff lines and sandstone outcrops, and remnants of the railway that once ran through this region to haul locally-mined coal and saltpeter. An abundance of wildlife is easily viewable along this trail. Migratory birds such as flycatchers, several species of warblers and tanagers can be found during the summer. The Guest River Gorge is an easy way to explore the rugged beauty of this mountainous area.

    Little Stony Creek flows through a 400-ft deep and 1,700-ft wide gorge. Large rock outcrops, ledges, and boulders add to the scenery along the creek. Hardwood and hemlock forest cover much of this area. Mountain laurel and rhododendron thickets lace the edges of these trails in many areas, as well. A popular destination on the district is Little Stony Falls, a 24-foot waterfall, along with two smaller waterfalls. The falls can be seen from walking the Little Stony National Recreation Trail. The trail is a 2.8-mile trail which goes from an upper trailhead (near the falls) and a lower trailhead at Hanging Rock Picnic Area. In some areas of the trail, hikers will need to climb around/over boulders and large rocks to remain on the trail. Sightseers, hikers and birdwatchers will all equally enjoy a visit to this area.

    Recreation:

    Open lawn areas are adjacent to the picnic area which can be used for activities such as horseshoes, sports and games (bring your own game and sports equipment). Hiking trails are available within easy driving distance (Guest River Gorge, Chief Benges Scout, and Little Stony Falls Trails).

    Facilities:

    A paved parking lot is close to the picnic shelter and restroom facilities. The picnic shelter has sinks with running water and a large built-in charcoal grill. The shelter also has electrical outlets where crockpots and other small appliances can be used. The picnic shelter is designed to be used for food preparation and as a serving area. Dining areas (picnic tables) are adjacent to the shelter but are outside and exposed to the weather. Men's and women's flush toilets are nearby.

    Nearby Attractions:

    The Guest River Gorge and Little Stony Falls are within easy driving distance.

    Booking Window
    Sat Sep 20 2014 - Thu Sep 17 2015

    Reservations must be made 3 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

    Season Dates

    Season Schedule

    Park Season Start End
    Peak Tue Apr 15 2014 Tue Sep 30 2014
    Peak Thu Apr 16 2015 Thu Oct 01 2015
    Services and Amenities
    Within Facility
    • Cooking Area
    • Day Use Area
    • Electricity
    • Flush Toilets
    • Picnic Area
    Within 10 Miles
    • River Access
    Fees and Cancellation Policies

    Fees and Cancellation

    Fee Information
    Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

    Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
    Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

    Changes and Cancellations
    A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


    Facility Rates*
    Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
    Peak Season
    Apr 15 2014 -
    Sep 30 2014
    GROUP PICNIC AREA $0.00
    Peak Season
    Apr 16 2015 -
    Oct 01 2015
    GROUP PICNIC AREA $0.00

    *Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
    **Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
    Getting There
    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    36.91353, -82.46262
    36°54'49"N, 82°27'45"W

    From Coeburn, VA, go south on State Route 72 for 2.3 miles. The Flatwoods Picnic Area will be on the right (west) side of Route 72.

    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

    FLATWOODS GROUP PICNIC AREA
    1700 Park Avenue SW
    Norton  VA  24273

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (276)679-8370