Not exactly Stonehenge, but The Channels State Park..

Glenn Addington By Glenn Addington, 9th Feb 2017 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>Travel>North America>United States>Virginia

A description, with accompanying pictures, of a geographical anomaly/oddity in the Southwestern corner of the state of Virginia in the United States.

Learning about The Channels

Stopping at a Rest Area to obtain a new map of the state of Virginia in the United States, my wife and I were asked, "Have you heard of The Channels?" Telling the individual 'No', a small photo album was brought out for our inspection. The pictures were stunning. Huge boulders and large rocks looked as if they had been thrown every which way. This resulted in passageways, or channels, through the rocks or boulders. Some were easy to travel through, while others were a tight squeeze for the slimmest of us. The boulders were about two stories high, and often about 6 meters square. This being on the top of the mountain ridge is a plus. This allows those interested to easily climb, at one location, out onto the top of these boulders, enabling one to see the valley below and perhaps 100 Km to the south.

Imagine you are here...

You are surrounded by massive boulders, with passageways sometimes tall, sometimes small, some to walk through. others demanding a journey on all fours! It is an unforgettable place. Bring a flashlight if you plan on being there in the afternoon. Dusk or twilight can sneak up on you without your notice.

On the inside looking out...

There are places where you are completely surrounded by stone, but there are places where you can see the outside world!! Really!

In Virginia, take Exit 24 off Interstate 81 and go west on Highway 80. After about 17 miles, you will encounter a parking area on your left. There is a sign leading you onto the trail. Near the top is another sign, encouraging you to take the trail left. You will come out on top, cross over under the old fire tower, and follow the trail into the woods. You'll soon find yourself there, in the Channels. As you first encounter the boulders, travel to the right and find the tree to easily climb out onto the top of the boulders and behold the vista that awaits you. Please be advised that there are no Rest Room facilities at this location. Also, while most of the trail is very easy, the last 100 meters are not wheel chair friendly. Hope you can get there! Put it on your bucket list.


Boulders, Lithology, Rocks, Stones

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author avatar Glenn Addington
I am an American, former Viet Nam veteran, and a Christian, living in East Tennessee. I am now retired and am pursuing a writing career. I would welcome writing assignments.

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