The Channels Natural Area Preserve, Lebanon

#46 of 69 in Trails in Virginia
Must see · Geologic Formation · Hiking Trail
The Channels Natural Area Preserve is a 721-acre (2.92 km2) Natural Area Preserve located in Washington and Russell counties, Virginia. It was established in April 2008 to protect a number of significant natural communities and habitats, including high-elevation forests, rock outcrops, and cliffs. Its name comes from a cluster of eroded crevices and sandstone boulders located on a portion of the land.
The preserve is part of the Channels State Forest, managed by the Virginia Department of Forestry. The state forest and preserve are both open to the public, though an access permit is required for some activities on state forest lands.
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  • It was a really cool view. The hike says six miles even though it felt like ten because of the incline. The channels are worth it even though it was a steeper hike to the top. I think this is a...  more »
  • Great view and hike take wate,r and enjoy view from above and below. From Route 80 easy hike 3 miles round trip. We went the long way 7 miles round trip  more »

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