Rocky Knob Campground Area

We hiked up a short trail to an old restored railroad bed. Back when this area was virgin forest, the saw mills laid railroad track by cutting trees in a long road and laying track in the spaces just logged. The newly cut trees would be placed on the rail cars and taken to the mill.  As the crew proceeded to cut more trail, the train returned with rails and the process was repeated.

Blue Ridge Parkway

When the area was logged over, the valuable steel was removed, rail by rail, and returned to the mill to be reused on the next logging rail section.

The short rail section was uninteresting, but the falls above the railroad bed is very attractive, small with several twists and divisions to twist the light.