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IRON GATE

Iron Gate Gorge ia a natural gorge providing an outlet for the Jackson River through an otherwise unbroken mountain ridge almost fifteen miles in length. The Jackson and Cowpasture Rivers unite a mile below here to form the James River. (postcard back)

The first time I drove thru Iron Gate decades ago to stay with friends of Althea’s on Craig’s Creek I felt as though we were traveling through a 19th Century mountain village. It still sorta has that feel except for a lot of signs like below on rt.220. If you don’t know how to get to the river the residents posted signs will try to deter you as if the they don’t want to share the wealth of the beginnings of the James with outsider’s and that part of the river I’ve yet to find.

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3 Responses to “IRON GATE”


  1. 1 jmsayles
    September 1, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    if i could just live here

    • 2 O3
      September 2, 2010 at 7:54 am

      The James River forms in the Allegheny Mountains, near Iron Gate on the border between Alleghany and Botetourt counties from the confluence of the Cowpasture and Jackson Rivers, and flows into the Chesapeake Bay at Hampton Roads. Tidal waters extend west to Richmond, the capital of Virginia, at its fall line (the head of navigation). Larger tributaries draining to the tidal portion include the Appomattox River, Chickahominy River, Warwick River, Pagan River, and the Nansemond River.

      • 3 O3
        September 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm

        This wasn’t so funky when I first posted it. We were in a Chevy Tracker that carried all us up some steep mountains on little gas. They should still be making this great vehicle.


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