Wildflower Trails


1. Blue Grass Valley Trail 

From Monterey, follow US 220 north to Rt. 642. Turn left/west on Rt. 642 to junction with Rt. 640 in Blue Grass. Follow Rt. 640 the length of the Blue Grass Valley, crossing US 250 at Hightown. Turn left/east on Rt. 84 to US 220. Follow US 220 north to Monterey. Monterey > Blue Grass Valley > Monterey = 25.91 miles 

2. Lower Bullpasture Valley Trail
From Monterey, follow US 250 east to McDowell. Turn right/south on Rt. 678 into the Bullpasture Valley to Williamsville. Turn right on Rt. 614 and follow gravel road (12 mi.) north to US 250. Turn left/west on US 250 and return to McDowell and/or Monterey. An alternative route is to continue south on Rt. 614 from Williamsville to US 220 and return to Monterey. McDowell > Bullpasture and Cowpasture Valleys > McDowell = 63.11 miles


3. Upper Bullpasture Valley Trail

From Monterey, follow US 250 east to McDowell. Turn left/north on Rt. 54 into the Bullpasture Valley to Rt. 619. Turn right on Rt. 619 and follow gravel road (4 mi.) to Rt. 614. Turn right and follow Rt. 614 to US 250. Turn right/west on US 250 and return to McDowell and/or Monterey. McDowell > Bullpasture and Cowpasture Valleys > McDowell = 29.80 miles

4. Big Valley
From Monterey, follow US 220 south to Mustoe. Turn left on Rt. 607 through Big Valley to Bolar, where Rt. 607 rejoins US 220. Turn right to follow US 220 back to Monterey. Monterey > Mustoe > Big Valley > Bolar > Monterey = 33.31 miles

5. Back Creek
From Monterey, follow US 250 west through Hightown to Rt. 600. Turn left/south on Rt. 600 (gravel road 5 mi.) and follow to Rt. 84. Turn left on Rt. 84 and follow to US 220. Turn left on US 220 and return to Monterey.Monterey > Hightown > Back Creek > Mill Gap > Vanderpool > Monterey = 31.85 miles 

6. Laurel Fork

This is a remote wooded area requiring a lengthy scenic drive of 21 miles of well-graded, gravel road (12.7 mi.). Contact the Highland County Chamber of Commerce for a map and detailed directions.

7. Highland Wildlife Management Area (Jack Mountain)
The well-graded gravel road (9.8 mi.) into this area is best suited to foot traffic and/or 4-wheel drive. The road is closed to vehicular traffic during parts of the year. Contact the Highland County Chamber of Commerce for a map and detailed directions.