Appalachian Trail: Long Mountain Wayside to Little Irish Creek is a 10.5 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Amherst, Virginia that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.
We hiked from the Lexington turnpike where you see the sign for long wayside Mountain up to Bald Knob site. It has steep elevation and should not be rated as Easy. It is 2.5 miles to the top which took us 1.5 hours. There are some very nice vistas from the top and the trail ( AT) is well marked throughout on the trees with white markers. However there was no marker for Bald Knob, but luckily we had our GPS.
It is not clear where the easy hike with little Irish creek is - we could not find it and it was not on the map at the parking area. Just know that if you do hike to Bald Knob it is a challenge and you will need lots of water.
I still remember this one. It was a fairly easy section for the AT.
I did this section years ago with a full backpack. Lots to see without too much verticle.