Fenwick Mines: A Nice Hiking Find

The Fenwick Mines waterfall is multi-level and great for a cold shower.

My buddy Annie Woodford took a bunch of kids up to Fenwick Mines near New Castle over the weekend and, fortunately for me, wrote about it on Facebook and included some fine photos.

This is the entry, giving you a map you don’t need.
There are bridges and flat pathways, making an easy hike.

That was enough to get me interested and today, I went looking for the little trail and its multi-level waterfall that looks like a perfect place to take a shower.

This is one of the picnic areas.

This is not one of the great hikes in Western Virginia, but it is a family-friendly spot where you can hike a couple of miles through woods and a swamp-like area (bugs at no extra cost) for a good hour, more if you want to swim. The water is cool, but today a little on the brown side because of heavy overnight rain.

This is the swampy pond, which is pretty extensive and features bullfrogs croaking.

Fenwick Mines is about six miles outside New Castle and is pretty easy to find, especially since it’s part of the Jefferson National Forest and signs are prominent.

This is my new buddy, Bella, who liked my camera and took some good shots.
This is a rest area on the trail.

The trail is cinder, flat, lined with timber. It has plenty of seats and overlooks along the way and it even has two fancy bathrooms (neither of which was open because of COVID).

It’s a worthwhile spot for a hike or picnic and the total distance from my house was 33 miles.

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Dan Smith is an award-winning journalist in Roanoke, Va., and a member of the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. He is an author, photographer, essayist, father and grandfather. Co-founder of Valley Business FRONT magazine and founder of the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference. On Advisory Board of New River Voice.

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