Elk Garden to Buzzard Rock Via Appalachian Trail is a 6.9 mile loop trail located near Trout Dale, Virginia that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running.
This hike proceeds from Elk Garden to Whitetop and includes a side-trip to Buzzard Rock (a high outcrop below Whitetop's summit). Hike includes a side-trip returning along an unmarked (but obvious) trail across Whitetop's grassy balds and down FS-89 back to the Appalachian Trail. An optional, much shorter hike can be planned from a parking area on FS-89 to Buzzard Rock near Whitetop's summit.