Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve

Tow­er­ing cliffs, sheer lime­stone ledges, and water­falls are but a few of the spec­tac­u­lar fea­tures of this pre­serve. Locat­ed near the con­flu­ence of the Clinch Riv­er and Big Cedar Creek, the topog­ra­phy of Pin­na­cle NAP has been mod­i­fied by the forces of weath­er, water, and time to cre­ate this dra­mat­ic land­scape. Tow­er­ing above Big Cedar Creek is an impres­sive rock for­ma­tion, the Pin­na­cle, from which the area derives its name. Cut from dolomite, the Pin­na­cle ris­es 400 feet above Big Cedar Creek. The Preserve’s unique habi­tats sup­port at least nine rare species and two rare nat­ur­al com­mu­ni­ties.

The Pre­serve is open year-round. Pub­lic facil­i­ties include park­ing, a sus­pen­sion foot-bridge, and hik­ing trails. Part of the pre­serve may be peri­od­i­cal­ly closed for resource pro­tec­tion or pre­scribed burn­ing activ­i­ties.

Dri­ving Direc­tions: From Abing­don, fol­low US 19 north to Lebanon. Take US 19 (Busi­ness) into Lebanon. Turn left onto VA 82 towards Cleve­land. Turn right onto VA 640. Bear right onto VA 640 where VA 740 comes in. Turn left onto VA 721 and fol­low it into the pre­serve.

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