The first mile of the trail is a series of rock stairs that were constructed by the Youth Conservation Corps in the 1970s. Many miniature falls cascade along the sold rock streambed exposing interesting rock formations. There is a stand of old growth hemlock 300+ years old. High Butte is a large rock outcrop with views of the Powell river, Black Mountain and Kentucky. Olinger Gap is where the hiker can take a trail off to the north to Lake Keokee. One of the nicest natural settings in Southwest Virginia lies in the Roaring Branch drainage among the Hemlocks. The trail is 14.3 miles and is difficult because of its length and uneven footing.