The Channels Natural Area Preserve


The Department of Conservation and Recreation and Department of Forestry dedicated this state natural area preserve in April of 2008. The Channels, the 53rd state natural area preserve, is an area of significant high elevation forest, rock outcrop and cliff communities. The preserve name is derived from the maze-like system of sandstone crevices and boulders that occur near the 4208ft. summit of Middle Knob on Clinch mountain. The 721-acre Channels Natural Area Preserve is part of a 4,836 acre State Forest that was purchased by the Department of Forestry from The Nature Conservancy in March 2008.


This natural area preserve lies within The Channels State Forest, owned and managed by the Virginia Department of Forestry and open sunrise to sunset. Please contact the Department of Forestry for addtional information, or visit http://


Zach Olinger
Virginia Department of Forestry
Matthews State Forest
106 Forestry Lane
Galax, Virginia 24333
Phone: (276) 236-2322

Contact The Channels Natural Area Preserve

Contact The Channels Natural Area Preserve

Claiborne Woodall, Southwest Regional Supervisor
Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage
Phone: (276) 676-5673


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Russell County, Virginia
  • Washington County, Virginia