Angel's Rest on the AT is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pearisburg, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
An amazing hike on a portion of the Appalachian trail. It gets pretty strenuous but is completely worth it for the two scenic overlooks. Makes sure you travel the extra 0.6 miles at the top to the second overlook.
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Parking is very limited, if you park at the entrance behind DQ. I hike often, I run daily and this trail was one of the most difficult trails I have encountered. Very steep incline the entire way. According to my fitbit it was a little over 3 miles up. Views from the top were beautiful.
Beautiful view but has some steep incline
easily accessible trail, a few miles outside of Giles. The trail maintains a steady climb all the way to the ridge, seems to be some what of an unknown trail from talking to other hikers. Good one to explore.
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A good hike with elevation gain to present a challenge and wonderful views to provide a nice reward.
Approaching Pearisburg form the east the mountain, on which Angel's Rest is perched, looms over the town and the river. The north slope to the top stands in clear relief form the center of town - so you you have a pretty good idea of where you're headed and what you're getting into before setting out. Of course, as always, perspective is tricky and it's tough to judge scale of something so massive.
We set out from where the AT traverses Cross St (as per the directions) - there's roadside parking for 3-5 vehicles. We left one cars at the nearby grocery (where we grabbed some snacks and used the facilities).
Heading up the north slope about 10am on an early November day, we were in the shade for a good part of the hike. It was a crisp 32-degrees and clear with little wind, but the quick and steady elevation gain warmed us up quite quickly. The AT is well marked and well laid out with swithcbacks - so though you gain 1,600' in ~2 miles it never feels as if climbing straight up. The mature hardwood forest and boulder fields provide a great setting and the occasional groves of Rhododendron covering the trail in spots provides some variety. (I imagine they put on a nice show when in bloom.). The only downside from the pastoral setting was the road noise -audible at the lower elevations at the beginning of the hike - lifting up the slope from route 460 in the valley. About a third of the way up, we were surprise to see an abandoned high voltage transmission tower amongst the trees - which we nearly missed.
We made the Angel's Rest Summit in a bit over an hour - passing through the two huge boulders which act as a gate to the top. Following the sign to the right (west) for a short path we arrived at the Angel's Rest boulder. On our cloudless day we had a wonderful prospect of the NEw River Valley, all the way form Narrows (and beyond) through Pearisburg and on towards Newport. The town of Pearisburg and the courthouse are all laid out nicely before you, as is the busy Celanese Plant. We enjoyed watching several trains (which looked HO scale from our vantage point) make their way through the valley down the valley along the river. The view to Mountain Lake and beyond, to the east was amazing.
We continued on the Wilburn Valley overlook and we're glad we did! The view to the east extended all the way to Buffalo Mtn. The immediate prospect of the Wilburn Valley provided a wonderful view of the green fields and farmland along the valley. Even though it was past 'peak color' it's a great scene to behold. And the rock ledge along the eastern wall of the mountain makes for a nice spot for lingering for a snack.
We returned down the trail at about the same pace as our ascent, the whole outing taking about 3.5 hours.
We'll be back.
Not a long hike, but vertical.... enjoyed it... direcrions on website did not get us there... park on Cross Ave... shorter hike.... if not park below.... make right behind Newberry ford and park at peris cemetery parking lot and take trail across road..... we drove up cross Ave and picked up blaze there... even November hike you need water..... views of valley worth the .06 miles at top.... flat up top.... hope you enjoy it
Great payoff for the hike. The trail doesn't actually have a parking lot, you park by the side of the road and walk back down to the trail. We thought it was a fairly rough climb but very manageable with the switchbacks. The second lookout (0.6 mi to the left) was much better.
Went for a sunset hike, narrow path but manageable to follow because of the markings on the trees. Parking on the road is limited. Was uphill for awhile but not bad, did it in the fall so the leaves made it kind of slippery. It is also worth the extra 0.6 miles to the overlook, it was a beautiful view!! Recommend for people who have hiked before since it is a slightly challenging climb, but doable and worth the view!
My dog loves it. It is definitely a challenge and would recommend keeping your dog on a leash for the more narrow parts. Beautiful view makes it that much more rewarding.
Great trail parking is hard to find
It was a beautiful hike. I wouldn't suggest this trail for anyone who is looking for a quick and easy hike. The climb is consistently uphill with more switchback than I could count. However, the view is worth it, both overlooks are breathtaking.
Trail has been rerouted. Start hike in parking lot on Narrows Rd. New trail is much nicer. Hike is steep. Once at the top, keep going to the 2nd view shed. It's much nicer.
Great trail! Narrow in some spots and about half of the trail is pretty steep but nothing that can't be done with a few stops to catch your breath. There is another trail called Wilburn Valley View that is an easy hike about 0.6 mile away. that hike is well worth the view it provides. it is an awesome trail. Make sure to stay hydrated if you tire easily.
Trail was great,me and the dogs had a fun time,views were spectacular almost everyone had their dogs with them except the thru hikers. Trail is mostly in the shade so not too hot had a couple of places for water for the doge and one water fall which may not be there in dry weather.
Very steep incline for a good chunk of the hike - had to stop to catch our breath a few times; but it was all worth it for the view! Definitely worth the additional 0.6 miles to the second outlook!