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muddy
rocky
1 day ago

not for you if out of shape, easier to access than to leave. beautiful view with nice resting spots along the way.

Fantastic!!! Cant wait to come back!!!

Fantastic trails! Beautiful scenery! Very well marked!! Cant wait to come back!!!!

Easy hike up to the falls, many wooden walkway sections, not too busy on a Sunday in July. Lots of free parking.

We started 1:00pm from Andy Layne parking lot Thursday 1:00pm. We did North Mountain first. Arrived at Dragon’s tooth parking lot at 7:30pm. Set up camp on Boy Scout trail along the creek. Hiked Dragon’s tooth Friday morning leaving our packs at our campsite. After Dragon’s tooth, picked up our backpacks and headed towards McAfee Knob. Arrived at Catawba campsites at 6:30pm and were too exhausted to push on to McAfee that evening. Saturday morning hiked to McAfee Knob and went on to Tinker Cliffs. The views from the lookouts are all they are advertised to be. Just beautiful! The hike down Andy Layne to the car seemed like it took forever. We made it to the car at 4:30pm Saturday afternoon. Very challenging and hard hike for us. Awesome views from the lookouts!

hiking
5 days ago

This was my favorite hiking trail in college. We hiked this trail more times than I can count. The views can’t be beat and the trail includes some fun rock scrambling but nothing too hard. Take plenty of water with you and definitely wear appropriate shoes— hiking boots that support your ankle.

hiking
muddy
rocky
5 days ago

Did this hike from Grindstone campsite back in May. Ended up being about 14 miles total. The switchbacks were challenging in the beginning but after that it wasn’t bad. Definitely worth it - amazing views and wildlife.

I'm probably pretty prejudiced about this trail because we volunteer at Green Cove Station. Love this trail. We've biked and hiked it main times. It can be crazy busy on the weekends, but always beautiful...even in the rain.

Perhaps the most unique hike I've done in Virginia, and it is amazing. The channels are incredibly fun to explore, and the hike to them is easy. The parking lot can fit about 10 cars, so I recommend showing up early in the day to ensure that you'll have a spot. I spent the night before hiking the channels in Abingdon, and that worked out well. A local in Abingdon told me that the channels were known as "the crevices" when he was growing up.

backpacking
rocky
7 days ago

Went with a group of 4 on a thursday night through sunday morning adventure. We started thursday night, at Dragon's tooth parking lot trailhead. We headed up the trail about .3 miles and cowboy camped with our hammocks. We woke up early and headed up to the top of dragon's tooth. When we first got up there, it was really cloudy, and couldn't see much. But it only took a half an hour for the clouds to clear and to see some breathtaking views of the valley and the mountains. We headed back north to get on the AT towards McAfee's knob. It was a pretty decent hike to Catawba shelter, which is 1.7m south of McAfee's. We passed several water sources on the way there, so we didn't have to fill up all the way. John Springs shelter did not have any water, but Catawba shelter had plenty. We woke up the next day at 3:30am and headed up to see the sunrise at McAfee's knob. It was definitely the coolest thing i've ever seen in my life. We got up there when it was pitch black and you could almost grab the stars out of the sky, then the sun started rising and it was incredible to say the very least. We stayed till about 7:30 and headed north to the next shelter, which had water and allowed us to stock up. From there we headed north towards tinker cliffs. This was probably the most difficult part of the loop. Very steep uphill, be prepared and bring a lot of water. Once we got the top of Tinker Cliffs, we had to take a quick nap. Then we got up and at em torwards north mountain trail. We were nervous about water, because there wasn't a whole lot of information on it, but there were two giant streams right by andy lane parking lot which allowed us to fill up completely before we started our trek on north mountain, where there is no water whatsoever. We crossed the street and headed up to north mountain trail. There was actually a little creek at the bottom of the mountain when you first get into the woods, but that was the only water we saw for 10 miles. We hiked up to the first campsite at north mountain and set up shop. It had been a really long day. Woke up the next morning and headed out to get back to the parking lot. The last 10 miles wasn't very difficult, pretty much ridge walking the entire time with some inclines and declines. The last mile of the north mountain though was a very steep decent and was challenging. Overall, this was one of the best experiences i've ever had. Super challenging, but well worth it and the views are incredible. I would highly recommend, but come prepared to stock up on water!!

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 days ago

I love this hike! Scrambling is one of my favorite things and this one has plenty of it! I don’t consider myself to be in amazing shape and I had no problems with it, scrambling doesn’t tire me out as much as regular hiking, but for some of my friends it was the opposite. I wouldn’t recommend doing this alone; if you fell you could really injure yourself. The views aren’t spectacular, but they’re nice.

Excellent hike to the top, steady incline to the middle point of the trail then it becomes a much steeper climb. Overall it’s roughly 7 miles round-trip, excellent hike, and the views are breathtaking. Really enjoyed going through the channels in the rocks. Take a flashlight with you if you want to see you back in some of the darker areas. Don’t climb the fire tower, it’s not worth the risk and it’s clearly posted not to climb it...

Did this over three days. It was a very hard hike. Weather is a factor, it rained late afternoon two days slowing down progress, setting up camp to get out of rain. I went backwards from the catawaba 311 parking lot the dragon tooth way. First evening I saw a huge black bear. Came out of my tent and there it was 25 feet away, it ran away very fast. Overall it was challenging and fun! Be prepared to work and plan your water smart

Trail was wide and gravel from the parking lot to the channels. Trail was a little muddy in areas but overall and easy hike. Not many people on the trail today. Beautiful views!

hiking
13 days ago

Highly recommend the trip. The view from the top is awesome. Headed up yesterday and Mother Nature Gave is a beautiful sunny summit and then showed us her power with a spectacular thunderstorm.

One of my all-time favorite places/experiences. Rent bikes from an outfitter in Damascus and they will shuttle you to the top of Mount Rogers. Then, enjoy the 17-mile, gentle downhill ride through old farms, alongside a river, through shaded woodlands, over bridges. Just gorgeous.

hiking
rocky
scramble
17 days ago

Always a fan of this. spent the whole day climbing the yard.

hiking
over grown
rocky
washed out
19 days ago

I started this trip thinking is would be a breeze and didn’t expect to have to much of a challenge. I was wrong! It’s fun but be ready by packing light, prepare for weather, and steep elevation. Tons of fun!!!

This trail was amazing. Most say the last .7 miles is the hardest but I think that first 1.5 miles is the hardest. Love love love the scrambles and the natural ac at the top is a blessing on a hot day

This was my favorite high point to date (out of 9 completed...mostly “drive-up” HPs so far). I hiked this trail on Wednesday afternoon in late June. The park opened at 7:00am and was $7 for me to get in for the day. Decent amount of parking at Massie Gap (trailhead). Lots of wild ponies and even a couple Texas Longhorns roaming around as I hiked. (I’ll try to post some photos.) Some good scrambles. Not very difficult for most people. (My phone said I climbed “128 floors” that day!) Great views along the way!!! I hiked with purpose, stopping for some views and photos along the way and made it to the top in 2:05, according to my All Trails app. Spent about 30 minutes mostly alone at the top and headed back down for a total hike time of 4:30. I would HIGHLY recommend this trail and would definitely do it again if I’m ever in the area.

This is a challenging but very worthy hike! Many sections kicked my butt. I started Friday around 3p at Dragons Tooth parking lot and went counter clockwise around the loop. The three main attractions are amazing as billed. The AT was pretty busy at the main attraction points but the other sections were more lightly travelled (met several thru hikers). My trip was 6/28/19-6/30/19. Once you get off the AT; Andy Layne Trail and south on North Mountain trail it gets muuuch less busy. I didn’t see another human on North Mountain at ALL. It is Kind of strange to be the only person on an entire mountain (or at least it felt that way). I did see a small black bear in the distance on North Mountain so be aware. North Mountain has NO views and NO water be prepared for that. It is also not very well maintained so it will feel very different than the AT section. I finished the loop around 9:30s Sunday AM and was exhausted and ready for the long drive home. Highly recommend for experienced hikers.

Easy, flat hike. Waterfall was pretty. I got stung by a hornet, twice, crossing over the bridge leaving the waterfall.

Interesting view when you get to the top but must walk very carefully as not to turn an ankle. Is like walking on a bunch of softballs.

Amazing hike. Challenging and rewarding. The summit is...underwhelming and covered in forest. The views on the way are breathtaking. Wild ponies!! Blackberry and raspberry bushes during season for trail munchies. Lots of rock scrambles but worth the climb! Intersects the AT near the summit.

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