Elliott Knob Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Craigsville, Virginia that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking.
I have done this several times, the gravel road is tough, hands down. I packed a small donut/ floaty from Walmart and my swimming trunks in the summer, the pond in the summer made it well worth it, and the views.
The 'trail' portion of this hike is really nice; steady elevation gain, follows a pretty creek for a bit, and is very peaceful. After about a mile and a half, you get to the fire/access road that leads to the summit. This gravel path is VERY steep (about 18-20 degree incline) for quite a long distance. This portion is very tough even if you are in good shape.
The summit area is very nice though, and offers almost 360 degree views of the GW National Forest, especially if you climb the somewhat sketchy looking watchtower. If it wasn't for the views, this would be a 3 star hike at most.
This trail get three stars only because of the awful climb at the end on the gravel road. That thing is a beast! But the views at the top are completely worth it. There are also great camping spots that I hope to take advantage of another time.