Know Before You Go
Red Ash Island can not be reached during wet weather months and high water. This is due to the spillway from the local New River.
If you park at the Brooklyn-Southside Junction trailhead, it will take you around an hour to reach the land they call the Island. The two-mile hike isn't in vain due to the remains of abandoned coal towns scattered though out the woodland floor. The Brooklyn-Southside Junction trail passes by the towns of Brooklyn and Red Ash before reaching the island. While hiking, keep an eye out for the mouth of a small stream on the left hand side of the trail. Try and cross here. The stream only gets wider the farther you go down the trail. Once across the water find a way to navigate the massive bolder field and onto drier land. The area here is swampy from the backflow of water from the New River. Look for an incline directly ahead and keep walking towards the highest part of the island. After climbing the hill start looking around for small river stones sticking up through the leaves of the forest floor.