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Flag Rock Recreation Area

Picture of mountain biker

Picture of base of Lower Reservoir Dam in Flag Rock Recreation Area

Picture of rock climber in Flag Rock Recreation Area

Picture of Flag Rock in Flag Rock Recreation Area 

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Pictured are hikers in Flag Rock Recreation Area

Picture of Norton's Upper Reservoir

Flag Rock Recreation Area is located three miles above downtown Norton on the lower slopes of High Knob.
The thousand-acre park includes 25 developed acres and offers outdoor adventures for everyone.
See the below links for more information on park activities.

 BIKE
Mountain biker riding Flag Rock Recreation Area trails
The city's Flag Rock Area Trails mountain bike trail system includes eight miles of track, and more trails are being developed. More information about the trail system, including a trail map, trail descriptions, and difficulty levels of individual trails, is located on the FRAT page.
HIKE
Picture of hikers on Flag Rock Recreation trail
The Flag Rock Area Trails System is also open to hikers, trail runners, and other "people-powered" users. Visit the FRAT page for more information on these trails. Hikers can also start at Legion Park and climb the 1.5-mile Flag Rock Trail to the Flag Rock Overlook. For more information on this and other area trails, click here.
 FISH
Picture of fisherman at Norton Upper Reservoir
The city's Upper Reservoir is a state-stocked trout water. Access to the Upper and Lower Reservoirs is located off State Route 619 and three-tenths of a mile above the entrance for Flag Rock Recreation Area. Click here for more information on fishing regulations.
FLOAT 
People paddling canoes on Norton's Upper Reservoir
The city's Upper Reservoir is open to kayaking/canoeing and electric motor boats. It also has a boat launch. Access to the boat launch is located off State Route 619 and three tenths of a mile above the entrance to Flag Rock Recreation Area. Click here for more information on paddling the reservoir or other area lakes and rivers.
CLIMB 
Picture of rock climber in Flag Rock Recreation Area
Climbing and bouldering routes are being developed within Flag Rock Recreation Area. In November 2014, the city signed a memorandum of understanding with the Southwest Virginia Climbers Coalition to develop climbing opportunities within the park. Check back soon for more information on this activity.
CAMP/PICNIC
Picture of picnic shelter at Flag Rock Recreation Area
  • The park features an 18-site campground. Campsites are $20 per night and available on a first come, first serve basis. See the Campground Page for more details and photos. 
  • Two shelters that provide large grill areas, fireplaces, electricity and water can also be rented for $50 per day. Playground equipment and a recreational field are located between the shelters. Restroom facilities are located within walking distance of the shelters. 
  • The park also offers five smaller shelters at no charge and available on a first come, first serve basis.
GREEN SALAMANDER SANCTUARY
Picture of a green salamander Click here for more information on the green salamander and how Flag Rock Recreation Area came to be a City-approved sanctuary for the small amphibian.
"WOODBOOGER" SANCTUARY 
Picture of Woodbooger at Flag Rock Recreation Area
If wandering the gravel path that leads to the Flag Rock Overlook, you can't miss the giant statue of the Bigfoot-like creature that local residents call the "Woodbooger." The inspiration for the statue and the annual Woodbooger Festival is linked to a visit by Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot TV show, which filmed part of an episode on High Knob in 2011. Norton City Council in October 2014 passed a memorandum declaring Flag Rock Recreation Area to be a "Woodbooger Sanctuary." For more information, click here
QUESTIONS? 
 Contact Norton Parks and Recreation Department: (276) 679-0754.
OTHER INFORMATION
  • Click here for a park brochure.
  • Click here for a park map.
  • Click here for a brief history and video of the park

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