Angel's Rest on the AT is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pearisburg, VA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible 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.
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!
difficult but Wirth it.... can't wait to hit this one again!
Very difficult trail, pretty much straight up but the views are so worth it! I highly recommend going the further trail to wilburn valley view! It's not that much further and has a even better view!
not an easy trail but not impossible. veiw is well worth the strait up climb to the top..also fresh spring water is great!
I enjoyed the trees and the views. It is steep but exhilarating. I have hiked this trail twice and recommend lots of water.
The incline on this trail is tough. At several points my heels weren't touching the ground. It was very muddy which is understandable because of the snow melt. The Angel's Rest overlook itself was nice but as stated by many, the second overlook is well worth adding 1.2 to the total hike. Because you're walking the ridge to get to the second overlook, it's flat; your barking calves can catch a break for a little bit. Naturally, the decline is tough on the legs too. All that being said, it is totally worth it. It was especially nice hiking in the winter when we had constant views through the trees.
Note that there's not a lot of room for parking on the road. I imagine if you're going to hike this in warmer weather when it's more popular, you'd need to get there early.
This hike is pretty good, however it is more advance than it says on here. It is pretty much a straight up climb and the incline gets pretty intense towards the top. The view is nice which makes the hike worth it.
Upward incline, took us over an hour to get to Angel's rest from the start of the trail. Then we sat on the rock for a long time before going to the second outlook, which, as others have stated, is better. You have to go back to the sign and turn left to get to the second place. After that we just continued hiking on the AT until it was getting late and we needed to start heading back down.
It was a great day. Bring LOTS of water to keep you hydrated. And some snacks.
great day hike. the second overlook is definitely better than the first. if you go up you have to go to the Wilburn valley overlook...
Little harder than I thought it would be, especially the last third. Was one of those hot, steamy mornings so views weren't great. All in all a fun 3+ hour hike.
I did this as a day hike with my wife and two dogs. By some of the reviews I read, I was expecting it to be a lot more strenuous. I did not find it that difficult. Although you are on a constant incline for a good distance, it wasn't steep and I never found it overwhelming. The views at the end are pretty nice, not anything like McAfee's knob but still very nice.
This was a really fun trail to hike. There are certainly ALOT of switchbacks and if you're not careful, it's pretty easy to get off the trail. Definitely don't hike down in the dark because its easy to get lost. The scenery is pretty awesome because it changes constantly as you progress up the mountain. This trail is also kind of hidden (the sign isn't very noticeable and is tiny) so there won't be many people. My friend and I actually asked directions twice because we couldn't find it. Once you reach the top though, the view is pretty cool. Overall, it took us about 3.5 hours. Be forewarned, the trail get super steep in some areas and you will feel the burn.
Great little gem of a trail, so glad I checked it out! It is quite beautiful the whole way up and we saw lots of wildlife...a deer, a groundhog, tons of chipmunks, a snake, a few toads, snails, and some pretty birds! When you first arrive parking is on the side of the road, there is a little wooden sign across the street pointing to the trailhead but it is easy to miss. Near the start of the trail there is a little waterfall off the path but not difficult to get down to. The beginning is pretty easy stroll with only a moderate incline, about halfway there once you cross the rocky creek bed area (it was mostly dry) the trail starts getting a lot steeper. There are switchbacks pretty much the rest of the way up from this point and your legs will start to feel the burn. Angel's Rest is a pretty little area between some boulders, but the Wilburn Valley is by far the better view. There are a few campsites up here as well near both views. Continue another 0.6 miles to reach the Wilburn Valley view, this is pretty flat the whole way so it is a very easy walk there. There also is a trail off of this one that leads to a spring, we didn't go check it out but there is a sign. the Wilburn view is gorgeous and there is a nice rock shelf to sit on and enjoy the views. Great place to have lunch! I highly recommend this hike. It is a little strenuous in places (I would call myself a moderate hiker at slightly above average fitness level for reference) but very pretty along the way, not crowded at all (only saw 2 other people), and nice views at the top:) A nice change from the overcrowded hikes around here and pretty close drive from Blacksburg!