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hiking
10 days ago

Great hike! Beautiful views, nice to hike in the fall. I can see where it would be difficult to hike if it had rained (slippery rocks) though.

We have done this multiple times during our visits to the High Country over the years. The kids were young when we started and did fine. Great views on the outcroppings of rocks along the way

Other than the length, this is on the low end of Moderate if you hike on even a semi regular basis. Be careful on the wet rocks. I can’t say a lot about the views on the way up as it was a very cloudy day. So most of the day, I had less than 100 feet visibility. I will say that the views at the summit are non-existent. I did come back down the Elk Garden Trail, which avoided some of the rocks and gave a slightly different view and included an open field with several ponies.

Going Nowherefast's review is pretty spot on! As of 9/29/18, the trees have been cleared and you can drive all the way to trail head. Don't be fooled, this is a tough hike, it's relentless all the way to the top. But well worth it! Wear good boots.

We drove up and there were trees across the road, so we had to walk the last 1/2 mile to the parking area. Some corrections to the description. From the parking area to the summit is 2 miles exactly. I measured it with a Garmin Hikers MAP75 GPS, and using MAPMYRUN on my Iphone. They both show the same distance, going up, and then again coming down. The "Trail" is a no longer used road. You can't not follow it. The steepest section is hard, very steep, and very washed from rains. I went just after Florewnce, but they really didn't get that much rain.There are 2, maybe 3 waterfalls that are quite nice. Good looking water if you are prepared for drinking that. I brought my 5 month old shepherd, he had a ball !! Though he is still skittish of everything black. The view from the top was about 5ft in front of my face.... due to the fog. Not the best day to climb a open top mountain, but it was still fun. It took this old man an hour and 10minutes to get to the top, and 50minutes to get back down. It is much harder on the knees coming down, and the rocks tend to move when you step on them going down, not up. Its a great workout, I'll be back when I'm a little younger ! Video of the hike https://www.youtube.com/ricks41at

This place is awesome! Best view!!! You can hike all along the gorge and catch overlooks every 1/4 mile or so. No cost to get in and lightly trafficked. Road to get there is a little rough so don’t bring a little compact car like we did the first time.

hiking
26 days ago

Fantastic hike. The initial ascent up Molly’ Knob Trail isn’t too bad, but is a good workout. However be forewarned that the final 4 tenths of a mile up the Vista Trail to Molly’s Knob is a strenuous trek to the top, but the view you’re rewarded with is worth it! Our boys (ages 10 & 5) were also able to navigate the nearly 4 mile round trip without problem! Would definitely recommend it.

The road is pretty gnarly right now, go slow. Really low cars might not make it through the holes and rocks. Still lots of great places to stop and camp along the way and then a beautiful scenic payoff. Very easy hike that takes less than 5 minutes.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome view from the top!Only saw one person on the way back down.No water sources bring plenty.

Beautiful view at the top

This trail was steep and a bit overgrown in places near the top but the 360 degree views at the summit were incredible. The trail was a bit difficult to find but the directions here are correct. It would be okay for leashed dogs that are in good physical condition due to the steep ascent. All in all it was a quiet, beautiful, and difficult hike.

Nice easy mountain top trail. Can be combined with the Lost Province Trail for a longer hike. Wonderful views from the top.

Challenging, steep hike with very little compensation until the end, which makes everything worth it

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty steep towards to summit... The View Is Well worth the hike...TAKE treking poles!!!!

Very good trail after a hard rain. No muddy boots or paws! Only one mile, but good views at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Don't hike this during the summer! I'm sure it's nice during the winter/fall, but it was far too overgrown when we went. There weren't any markings, so it can be confusing to visitors.

Watch for bears

awesome hike!!! good views and we looped in with the AT. Not sure of the exact route we took but about a 12 loop. Steady inclines but nothing too extreme. Just now posting but we went in April and weather was perfect during the day for backpacking in the 50s at night and windy that high up at night

hiking
2 months ago

Fun hike with beautiful views at the top. Will definitely be back!

hiking
2 months ago

My review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer

This is an above average sunrise location along the BRP. The “hike” from the parking lot to the viewpoint is about 100 yards Anyone can do it unless you can’t negotiate stone steps.

There are some rocks that can be used for foreground interest but only if you are using a wide angle lens. The mountains are rather distant and I used a 28-135mm lens on a C-size sensor to highlight the mountains.

There are better sunrise landscape locations along the BRP but given the ease of getting to the viewpoint this would be a good choice for those with either limited mobility, young children or limited time.

hiking
2 months ago

Fairly easy trail to hike w a section making it moderate. Also the number of rocks on the trail would make it a bit more technical than easy rating. Be careful if it’s wet since there are plenty of rock to twist an ankle or slip. Great pet trail. Saw some deer on drive to/from. Brought my dog (4” legs) and he had no issues.

never made it, my 2004 toyota sienna sounds like it now needs new ball joints. road is bad and just past cabin trail it turns into hell. we settled on doing cabin trail to LGT and cabin was hell coming back up so its proof hell does exit.

Moderate, short hike only 15 minutes outside the town of Wytheville. I spent 1.5-2hrs on this trail, with a good while at the top to enjoy the view. The trail is steep at times and will get your heart pumping, but is overall not too challenging and the view at the top is well worth it for tourists and Wytheville natives alike. I will do this trail again in the spring when the rhododendrons are blooming. Highly recommend!

The view at the end is spectacular.

trail running
3 months ago

Wild horses and cattle

Hike is pretty exhausting but my 6 y/o actually did it. Surprised me that I never had to carry her. Don’t expect any amazing views at the summit. It’s just a big rock surrounded by a bunch of trees. Seen several horses on our way back down and actually walked out on the Virginia Horse Trail part which actually seemed easier. Overall good hike but was sore.

on High Rocks Trail

trail running
3 months ago

We were passing through and thought we'd try a trail. We went out to run it, we did more walking than running because it was wet. Beautiful trail, only went about 1.5 miles in, a little overgrown at times.

One of the most beautiful places I’ve seen in WNC ❤️ Absolutely stunning! BUT...the very bumpy gravel road it takes to get there is a little sketchy!! We drove our Xterra with no problems and we saw minivans, old cars, and Jeeps driving it too...it looks scarier than it is but just wanted to forewarn. The trailhead is marked very well from the gavel road so you can’t miss it! A definite must see—easy walk!

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