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Went last week, there is a sign saying that the park is permanently closed due to storm damage, but we went in anyway. The opening of the trail still looks well maintained, better then how it looked a year ago when I last went, one of the wooden viewing spots and one of the bridges were destroyed by falling trees.. there was a big fallen tree on the trail near the back of the loop but there is a big enough opening to walk under it and keep going. Still a nice spot in the middle of the city, better in the fall, in the spring time you tend to get attacked by big bugs in there.

I wouldn't consider this trail "hard." I think moderate would be the maximum difficulty level this trail deserves. I went on Black Friday and I only saw 9 other people who had the same plan to avoid shopping at all costs.
I went with my 9 year old husky and a 25 lb pack and we finished right at 5 hours, with stops for breaks and pictures. There were pony droppings on the trail, but we didn't see any.
It was really cool passing through different ecosystems along the trail. One side of the mountain features a more dry climate and the other is very moist with differences in vegetation.
I'll definitely be going back in the spring/summer

3 days ago

Hiked from Massie Gap and Grayson Highlands State Park. Wind chill at times was as low as 7F degrees. Paid $7 out of state parking fee [year round], and parked right across the field from the Rhododendron Trail. Spent 6 hours on the trail [you can do it in 4 hours], used Rhododendron and AT trails, past Thomas Knob shelter and took AT Spur to the top - make sure you locate the second geodetic marker at the top as there are two - met many people along the way, visited with the wild ponies, took Wilburn Ridge [blue blaze] on the way back ... some steep places but a great view from the top. After our trek had a great barbecue sandwich... everything tastes good after 9 miles and 1500' of elevation gain. This is a great day trip for anyone who can drive up to 4 hours each way. Highly recommend hiking this area to the densely wooded top of Mt. Rogers [note the exposed areas along the way offer fantastic views].

4 days ago

Mt. Rogers Spur proper is a blue blazed trail leaving the AT near the Thomas Knob Shelter along the AT that climbs to Virginia's high point at 5729 feet. We hiked on a partly cloudy cold day with a wind chill of 7 degrees in the open areas. It got much warmer out of the wind on the tree covered top of Mt. Rogers. The Spur travels up though first fields of grass and then dense pines at the top much like what you encounter along the Black Mountain Crest Trail and Mt. Mitchell in NC. I'd also compare it to the dense moss covered pine forests of British Columbia. The top is not very spectacular except for the change in climate zone and the cool forest. There are two geodetic markers, the true top is the second one which is only 100 feet or so from the first across the area at the top. This hike, combined with the lower trails from Massie Gap that you have to take to get there is a not to miss adventure! Enjoy!

This trail was great! We took the fire road up and back and it was a pretty leisurely hike. The incline can get tough here and there but overall it wasn't very difficult. The last mile to the top is definitely the most challenging but again it has more to do with incline and elevation gain than actual terrain. The view at the knob was absolutely breathtaking and worth the work to get to the top. Lots of photo opportunities. There was a mild amount of people but we had the trail to ourselves a lot of the time, only passing people here and there. Everyone was very friendly and more than willing to help with photo ops. Our 15 week old puppy handled the trail perfectly, so if she can do it so can you!

This is part of the James River Heritage Trail System, an extensive connection of greenways around Lynchburg. I parked at Hollins Mill Park and walked the Point of Honor Trail to the Riverwalk Trail, which took me through downtown Lynchburg along the river for several blocks and eventually across an old converted railroad bridge to Percival's Island Natural Area. It was a very enjoyable 4.4 mile out and back trip.

4 days ago

Good family hike. Trail is steep but easy to navigate and a good pair of walking shoes is all that is required. Need to scramble up the rock at the top - at 63 yrs old got on hands & knees for a few feet a couple of times to eliminate risk of slipping & falling. Was very windy & much colder on the top so be prepared for that. Fantastic views at the top.

4 days ago

Really great hike.

Great for experienced hikers..

It was amazing going up and down highly recommended for an adventure

VA Explore Park is located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 115. It includes 1200 acres and lots of trail options with very nice facilities and a Parkway Visitor Center. I completed a section of the Old Salem Turnpike Trail, which loops around an historic area and follows along the Roanoke River for a short distance. I enjoyed exploring the old buildings.

A lightly traveled 2.6 mile scenic loop trail at Smart View Recreation Area on the Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 154.5). It includes meadows with split rail fences, a couple bridges over streams and a pretty walk through the forest. There is also a late nineteenth century cabin with 'a right smart view.' You can shorten the hike by using a connector trail.

4 days ago

Otter Creek Trail is 3.5 miles long. It follows the Parkway and creek from the Otter Creek Campground to the James River Visitor Center. I completed the scenic 0.9 mile Otter Lake Loop section. I also completed two trails at the visitor center. The 0.4 mile Trail of Trees has signs that identify many of the trees and shrubs of the river valley. It also has a wonderful view of the unique James River water gap. The 0.4 mile Canal Lock Trail crosses the James River on a walkway beneath the bridge. It is then a short distance to the restored Battery Creek Lock, one of nearly 100 locks that made this canal a major transportation corridor before the Civil War.

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4 days ago

This is a great part of the Parkway with many wonderful destinations (including the visitor center area along the James River, Apple Orchard Mountain which is the highest point on the Parkway in Virginia, Peaks of Otter with Sharp Top and Flat Top Mountains, and a ridgeline section north of Roanoke with amazing views in both directions).

It is basically just a loop from one end of the parking area to the other (milepost 74.7). But the view from the pretty stone lookout deserves four stars. Be sure to look north for the huge boulder field at Devil's Marbleyard (a future destination for me). The Appalachian Trail passes through here, and affords the opportunity for some great hiking...maybe a trek south to Apple Orchard Mountain (the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia).

4 days ago

It gets four stars for the setting...a mile long paved walk around a picturesque lake with beautiful views of Sharp Top and Flat Top Mountains. There is also a nice restaurant to enhance the experience, as well as a lodge to make it easy to get to all the wonderful trails in the area.

A pretty wooded trail with some nice views of the surrounding mountains. It is a little rocky in a few places, but nothing difficult...and there is just enough elevation change to make the short hike more fun. There are two parking areas along the Parkway. I started from the spot that also includes the Flat Top Mountain trailhead. I would recommend taking the loop clockwise for better views of the falls while hiking back up along the creek.

This is an amazing path to bike! We will definitely be going again. The path is easy to follow and there are so many great things to see.

I hiked the two mile Johnson Farm Loop, skipping the Harkening Hill section (for now). It is a pretty and well maintained trail, and it gave me a chance to catch my breath after just completing Sharp Top. I enjoyed seeing and reading about the history of the farm.