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Beautiful views throughout. Lots of climbing. We had a blanket of snow so it looked extra magical. Took us just under 2 hours. Great views up top.

This is easily one of my favorite hikes I’ve ever done. Weather was perfect, very low traffic. The hike was smooth until the rock scramble and then I only had to slow down for a few couples who I followed for a bit to get acclimated to it as I had never done that much scrambling. Luckily they noticed I was moving at a fairly quick pace and happily let me pass once I got comfortable with navigating the boulders. A few false summits but the views there were great. I didn’t realize how gorgeous the view from the true summit was but it totally didn’t disappoint. The walk down the fire road was longer than I thought it would be but it wasn’t unbearable by any means just a little less exciting than the actual trail. 10/10 would hike again but definitely only in late fall/early winter.

Wow! Perfect hike for a fall day. Ranger station said 9.5 miles, app said 8.5 miles, GPS said 9.5 miles. We ran into quite a few hikers, which we didn't mind. I recommend going with someone as some spots were quite difficult. The rock scrambling section was a lot longer and harder than expected. I am 5'9" and I feel like some sections would have been much more difficult if shorter. If you need hiking poles, I don't recommend this hike. You need both hands to help with scrambling and some upper body strength. Wear hiking boots or trail shoes that have good grip, especially if it's wet. Overall great hike, but intense!

beautiful trail. everything about it was perfect.

This is a well known, heavily trafficked trail in our area. It’s a great distance at 5 miles, has beautiful lake and wooded views, and the trail is well maintained. They even mark the few tree roots on the path with orange paint so they’re easily visualized. Free parking. Dog friendly. Great for trail running. Definitely recommend. And if you have time you can always swing into the Mariners museum.

Logged 3.5 miles from the Upper to the Lower Parking areas. Very nice views along this loop. The Appalachian Trail was very icy in spots.

The earliest you start the better. The more people on the trail the longer the bottleneck line is!

Awesome rock scramble

This is an awesome trail with beautiful mountain views. The rock scrambles were challenging and the trail had many unique features. The hike took us about 5 hrs and 15 minutes to complete. We started at 8 AM. Almost 3000 ft of elevation gain. We had enough energy to do a shorter hike afterwards.

11-18, Took us 2hr 40 mins to complete. Spectacular views along the Potomac. I think I’ve have given it a 5-star rating if it was an out and back but I didn’t love the 2nd half (away from the water). Overall a really nice hike. Not too much elevation gain.

8-17, One of the best east coast hikes. The overlook is so picturesque and emblematic of VA’s AT. We went on a very clear afternoon. Lots of climbing but well worth it. Took us about 4 hours.

Great trail, a lot of fun! The first section is relatively easy, and follows a little stream which can attract some wildlife. The last .7 or so is a bit of a rock scramble, but nothing super difficult by any means. Those with mobility issues may have some issues, but we saw small children and even a dog who seemed to handle it okay. We went mid-week in mid-to-late November and only only a handful of others on the trail, so can only speak to the few we encountered. Views at the top are spectacular, especially if you can scale the “tooth” at the end! Only downside was there were a few downed trees that you needed to work around.

Hike this trial yearly. Trail can get really crowded with inexperienced hikers causing long lines at the rock scrambles. I recommend hiking in in the off season or at night to catch the sunrise and to avoid crowds. If you do the sunrise hike it takes about 2-3 hours, depending if your hiking abilities, from the parking lot to the submit. I do not recommend this hike to those that are not physically fit, or able to do some minor rock climbing.

Great hike with great views. One of the best hikes I have done on the east coast. Not sure what makes it “hard” as it was pretty level. The hardest part was dodging the pony droppings.

walking
12 days ago

[This is the premier trail in the area for the avid walker/hiker. About 5 miles is perfect. Little bit of everything on this trail. Changing surfaces, nice bridges, and water views. One water crossing there must be hundreds of turtles waiting to be fed.

TONS of water and high water crossings on Nov 25th. Had to take our shoes off and wade knee deep in ice cold water. Make sure you take poles and water shoes for water crossings on this hike! Lots of climbing up front which was awesome. We added another loop to make it a 9.5 mile hike. Took our large group 5.5 hours to complete.

This is definitely a hard trail. Mostly for the rock scrambling part. You can still get to the summit without the rocks if you park at the other parking lot and walk from the Berry Hollow fire trail. The rock scrambling is lots of fun and lots of work for a short woman like me. But totally worth it!

Straight up and down through switchbacks. Definitely tiring on the way up, but the overlook is so worth it. Make sure to have solid footwear with ankle support for the rocky way down.

Easy in terms of elevation, but great hike which makes up for it in distance. From car back to car we clocked 8.57 miles and i think we deviated from this exact loop very insignificantly, but if you’re looking to stretch your legs this is a great hike. We did it in 3.5 hours with a dog and maybe 30 minutes in hanging out at the cascades. Gets very muddy and wet in the lower lying areas. If you’re not into mud, this might not be the trail for you.

The hike is actually 4.2 to the Overlook..take the AT to the Knob, better trail but I took the fire trail down to Rt 311 parking lot.. total trail was a 8.6 mile loop. Both trails lead to the outlook trail inlet
Definitely worth the seeing this on a sunny day you can see mountains for miles.

This hike was a bucket list one for me and it did not disappoint. The last mile or so is the hardest but the view is one of the greatest i have ever seen. Me and a buddy at lunch there on one of the quieter spots on the cliffs just did not want to leave.

hiking
14 days ago

This is a great trail for a day hike. The lower trail is the best. Went with my Brother one day and took my wife back the next. The falls are beautiful in the fall with the leaves dropping all around. I hope to go back when they’re frozen over to get some pictures then as well

Chilly weather gave us the trail pretty much to ourselves. Some precarious icy spots-bring sticks if you have them. views along path are wonderful and the view from the top was stunning!! A new favorite hike!!

awesome views!!

hiking
15 days ago

An excellent hike. I left from Massie Gap parking area in Grayson Highlands State Park and it took me about 5 hours round trip. That included some time for detours to scenic spots, snapping photos, and sitting down for a quick lunch.

The summit is surrounded by trees, so there is no view. However, not far away there are some some outstanding scenic overlooks.

The map and some of the posts are a little misleading in that there are three routes to the summit starting at these areas:
1) Grayson Highlands State Park
2) Grindstone Campground Trailhead (this is the route shown on this posting)
3) Elk Garden Trailhead

Fees for parking in the state part are $5 for VA residents and $7 for non-residents. Here is the link to a helpful map for Grayson Highlands Park: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/document/data/trail-guide-graysonhighlands.pdf

I will also post a pic I took of a poster with information on Mt. Rogers. It has history and shows the three routes.

Nice, easy hike. Icy on this day though making the trail slippery in spots. We were a group of 7 ranging from 13 to 60. All found it to be an easy outing with a rewarding view. Little crowded at the top. Great starting point with water and restrooms.

hiking
15 days ago

The hike up will definitely get your heart pumping. The view from the top is fantastic. Worth the hike!

Virginia moderate is way different from Indiana moderate but it was worth the challenge and was a great hike

Well traveled loop, save your energy for the stretch to the top!

Our favorite hike of all time!!

Little crowded with hikers but totally worth the hike. Wish I spent more time at the summit relaxing because the view is stunning

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