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August 18 @ 2:00 pm 5:00 pm

Join us for this grand opening celebration of the Forest Botanicals Storywalk Trail at Flag Rock Recreation Area, to be held the closing day of the High Knob Outdoor Fest in Norton, VA. The celebration will include two trail walks, plus forest farming demonstrations, giveaways, native plant sales, herbal arts and crafts, food, and more!

About the Storywalk:

The 2-mile Storywalk loop consists of 10 interpretive signs placed along the Twisted Forest and Lake Lake Show trails at Flag Rock Recreation Area. Each sign details a different aspect of Appalachian forest herbs, celebrating their cultural, historical, medicinal, and economic importance to a diversity of people, stretching from pre-colonization to today.

Celebration Location:

The main event will be held at the Shelter Trailhead picnic shelters at Flag Rock Recreation Area in Norton, VA, with a shuttle service available to take people to and from the Norton Reservoir Trailhead parking area, where the Storywalk Trail begins and ends and overflow parking is located. Please use this Trail Map to help ensure you find your way around. The Shelter Trailhead picnic shelters are near the #3 trail on the map (Sugar Maple) and the Norton Reservoir Trailhead parking area is near the Upper Reservoir. Directions to these two parking areas are provided under the “Trailhead Access” heading on page 2 of the map linked above.

Guided Storywalk Trail Times:

  • 2:30 pm at the Norton Reservoir Trailhead (shuttle leaves Shelter Trailhead parking area at 2:20 pm)
  • 4:00 pm (shuttle leaves Shelter Trailhead parking area at 3:50 pm)

Guided Storywalk Trail – Starting Location:

  • Each walk will begin and end at the Norton Reservoir Trailhead, starting with the Twisted Forest Trail at the Reservoir Trail and returning via Lake Lake Show. This 2-mile loop is a “novice” trail. Shuttle services will be available from the Shelter Trailhead.

Interested in being a vendor?

We are seeking vendors to help celebrate the treasure of biodiversity in the Appalachian forests through providing educational resources or selling herbal products, food, arts, crafts, and more!

Register here by August 4.

Call for open Jam Musicians

We are seeking musicians who are interested in participating in an open jam at the celebration event. More details coming – check back soon!

Call for Food Trucks

We are seeking 1-2 food trucks for the celebration. To learn more and sign up, please email Shannon Joyce at or call 415-299-4192.

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Monument Partners

The Storywalk Trail is part of the up and coming Forest Botanicals Region Living Monument, which seeks to highlight the cultural, historical, ecological, and economic significance of the region’s abundant understory of native medicinal herbs and forest foods. Professors Shannon Bell and John Munsell from Virginia Tech are collaborating with Appalachian Sustainable Development, forest botanicals practitioners, members of the community, and the City of Norton, Virginia, to create this living monument and sanctuary at High Knob. 

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