Sharp Top Trail is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bedford, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Took this trail for the first time yesterday with my 25 lb dog. We both loved it, easy at first but as you get closer to the top the rock steps are steep and windy, but amazing view, I wouldn't recommend for small children but great for the 4 legged friends!
Sharp Top is challenging because of the amount of elevation change in such a short trail. The best tip I can think of is to wear decent shoes and bring lots of water. It's a short trail so you can take your time.
You'll spend much of your time on rock steps of some variety. Rewarding, but I would only recommend it if you're in decent shape. If you can complete a 5k in ~30 minutes, you can pull it off without much trouble.
Note that in summer months, the ticks can get thick at the top. I recommend the fall or spring. We ran in to a swarm near the old stone building at the summit.
As a Liberty Alumni, this a staple for Virginians. The hike is relatively short, but challenging. Trail is well maintained; it is even paved near the top. Plenty of good peekaboo views to encourage you along the way and for breaks. Not to mention the 360º views from the top are as good as it gets in the Apps. You can see for miles across plains to east and rolling mountains to the west. Sunrise hikes are also spectacular here, just bring proper lighting (and you will likely avoid the crowds).
Went up for New Years sunrise. Tough trail to do in the dark. Bring a good headlamp or flashlight. Peak is really cool. Strenuous on the knees coming down.
It was a cool and rainy day, but what an awesome hike. The view is incredible! You'll defiantly want a trail shoe for this hike because of the rocks and mud. If your visiting or live in the area I highly encourage you to do this hike. It's 3 miles round trip.
A wonderful hike...short but steep to tremendous views. I even got it in before the crowds arrived on a beautiful day after Thanksgiving. Amazingly I was the only one at the summit, having lots of fun climbing the stone steps amongst the huge boulders. I picked the perfect way to burn off some calories from the day before!
great trail. very scenic and awesome work out!
Well marked, a little crowded, but amazing views after a short hike!
sharp top is an amazing hike well maintained, lightly populated, and gorgeous views! buuuut there were swarms of flying ants at the peak i know its a seasonal thing but its my only complaint lol