Angel's Rest via Appalachian Trail

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Angel's Rest via Appalachian Trail is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pearisburg, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2086 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

An amazing hike on a portion of the Appalachian trail. It gets pretty strenuous but is completely worth it for the two scenic overlooks. Makes sure you travel the extra 0.6 miles at the top to the second overlook.

Great hike! Moderate steady uphill all the way up, wonderful places to overlook from the top and the "rest" itself is large enough for a few people to sit on.

hiking
1 month ago

The climb was pretty significant, really. Angel's Rest is cool, but the 2nd overlook is amazing (And the extra 0.6 miles is all flat, so definitely do it).

1 month ago

Start on Cross street and not down near the Ford dealership. Steady hard climb up to the top. Extend .6 miles to another Southern overlook.

hiking
1 month ago

The top of the hike is pretty cool with lots of flowers and some huge boulders you can climb up to still under tree cover. The angels rest spot at the top is really pretty but most of the view has town and industrial stuff there too so it's not a completely natural view like some of the other similar hikes in the area.

2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

steep but worth it

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

The hike did get pretty steep at times but the beautiful scenery made it doable. It was also worth the effort once you get to the top too. Also I recommend going the extra .6miles to the Wilburn Valley View. It was gorgeous, probably one of my favorite views.

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3 months ago

4 months ago

5 months ago

Great views from the Rest.

5 months ago

Loved this hike!!! Here's updated directions from Blacksburg (we wouldn't have been able to find it without a friend who had already been there).

From 460w. Turn left onto Thomas Dr. turn left onto main st. Continue on Main Street until you dead end at an intersection (a diary queen and clover dew market gas station will be on the right). Make a right at the dead end (n Main Street) and then an immediate right on Johnson Ave. Make another immediate right onto Morris avenue, this turns into Cross Ave. the trail head will be on the left. The pull off parking area will be on the left past the trail head.

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

Parking is very limited, if you park at the entrance behind DQ. I hike often, I run daily and this trail was one of the most difficult trails I have encountered. Very steep incline the entire way. According to my fitbit it was a little over 3 miles up. Views from the top were beautiful.

5 months ago

Beautiful view but has some steep incline

hiking
7 months ago

easily accessible trail, a few miles outside of Giles. The trail maintains a steady climb all the way to the ridge, seems to be some what of an unknown trail from talking to other hikers. Good one to explore.

7 months ago

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7 months ago

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hiking
8 months ago

A good hike with elevation gain to present a challenge and wonderful views to provide a nice reward.

Approaching Pearisburg form the east the mountain, on which Angel's Rest is perched, looms over the town and the river. The north slope to the top stands in clear relief form the center of town - so you you have a pretty good idea of where you're headed and what you're getting into before setting out. Of course, as always, perspective is tricky and it's tough to judge scale of something so massive.

We set out from where the AT traverses Cross St (as per the directions) - there's roadside parking for 3-5 vehicles. We left one cars at the nearby grocery (where we grabbed some snacks and used the facilities).

Heading up the north slope about 10am on an early November day, we were in the shade for a good part of the hike. It was a crisp 32-degrees and clear with little wind, but the quick and steady elevation gain warmed us up quite quickly. The AT is well marked and well laid out with swithcbacks - so though you gain 1,600' in ~2 miles it never feels as if climbing straight up. The mature hardwood forest and boulder fields provide a great setting and the occasional groves of Rhododendron covering the trail in spots provides some variety. (I imagine they put on a nice show when in bloom.). The only downside from the pastoral setting was the road noise -audible at the lower elevations at the beginning of the hike - lifting up the slope from route 460 in the valley. About a third of the way up, we were surprise to see an abandoned high voltage transmission tower amongst the trees - which we nearly missed.

We made the Angel's Rest Summit in a bit over an hour - passing through the two huge boulders which act as a gate to the top. Following the sign to the right (west) for a short path we arrived at the Angel's Rest boulder. On our cloudless day we had a wonderful prospect of the NEw River Valley, all the way form Narrows (and beyond) through Pearisburg and on towards Newport. The town of Pearisburg and the courthouse are all laid out nicely before you, as is the busy Celanese Plant. We enjoyed watching several trains (which looked HO scale from our vantage point) make their way through the valley down the valley along the river. The view to Mountain Lake and beyond, to the east was amazing.

We continued on the Wilburn Valley overlook and we're glad we did! The view to the east extended all the way to Buffalo Mtn. The immediate prospect of the Wilburn Valley provided a wonderful view of the green fields and farmland along the valley. Even though it was past 'peak color' it's a great scene to behold. And the rock ledge along the eastern wall of the mountain makes for a nice spot for lingering for a snack.

We returned down the trail at about the same pace as our ascent, the whole outing taking about 3.5 hours.

We'll be back.