Best trails in Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Virginia

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Explore the most popular trails in Mount Rogers National Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

Located in southwest Virginia, the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area (NRA) manages approximately 200,000 acres of National Forest land near Mount Rogers. The area features four Congressionally designated wilderness areas; the Virginia Creeper Trail; the Mount Rogers Scenic Byway which traverses over 50 miles offering views of the National Recreation Area and open rural countryside; the 5000 acre Crest Zone featuring elevations over 4,000 feet, large rock formations, and a mixture of mountain balds and spruce-fir forests; a herd of wild, free-ranging ponies; and the highest elevated road in the state of Virginia leading to the summit of Whitetop Mountain. Many activities are available in the area including camping, picnicking, sight-seeing, bird watching, trout fishing, hunting, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and swimming. The U.S. Forest Service has 3 rental cabins and 11 campgrounds in the Mount Rogers NRA, four of which are set up for horseback riders. There are over 500 miles of trails in the area, including 60 miles of the Appalachian Trail, 18 miles of the Virginia Creeper Trail, and 67 miles of the Virginia Highland Horse Trail. Over one million visitors come to Mount Rogers every year. The Mount Rogers NRA was officially established and designated a National Recreational Area by the Secretary of Agriculture in 1966.

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Map of trails in Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Virginia
Park information
Acreage:
200,000 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Contact
1-888-265-0019
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Top trails (2)
#1 - Appalachian Trail: US-58 Summit Cut to Mt. Rogers
Mount Rogers National Recreation Area
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Length: 22.5 mi • Est. Multi-day
#2 - Appalachian Trail: Whitetop to Fairwood Road
Mount Rogers National Recreation Area
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Length: 15.6 mi • Est. 7 h 57 m