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Angel's Rest via Appalachian Trail is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pearisburg, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.9 mi Elevation gain 1,699 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Forest

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Wild flowers

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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.

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Aaron Stone
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HikingGreat!

Parking is on the side of a lightly used hardball road, there is a stone staircase you will see that leads up to the mountain trail. When you first start up the staircase you will see a pile of walking sticks from past hikers... initially I thought.. this many people use walking sticks... and shrugged it off! The walk up to the top is a butt kicking, bring plenty of water. With that being said, other reviews made me believe it would be harder than what it was but it’s completely doable, take breaks if you need them, almost every step is a gain in elevation! When you see the large boulders up top you know you made it! The main view for angels rest is ok, check it out just so you can say you did, but when you double back to the sign by the boulders take the extra .6 miles I think it’s the willburn outlook ,the one that starts with a W.. it’s a much better view and an amazing place to relax! Coming down the mountain, it clicked just how steep it was and I immediately collected a walking stick to assist in the semi steep navigation.. (it saved me from twisting an ankle once on the way down!), I happily threw my walking stick in the mass collection at the bottom with the others.. You got this, don’t be to scared of the rating just get ready for a thigh-master workout! Happy hiking!

Kaitlyn Muns
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Hiking

This trail was slightly difficult due to the steepness, but the path was clearly marked and well cleared. It rained yesterday so there were a few brittle tree limbs that fell around us in the forest. Would have given this hike 5 stars, but we stumbled upon a black bear just off the trail and had to turn around before fully finishing.

joshua augustine
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Hiking

Strenuous 2 mile hike up, then a grassy level hike to an amazing overlook of Wilburn Valley. Hiked a mile past the overlook, beautiful wild flowers but trail was overgrown with grass and thorns. Met a volunteer coming up to trim the trail on our way back.

Samuel Plumley
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HikingRocky

Great trail it was quite the challenge but so worth it once you get to the top the view is incredible

Oatmeal Ridgewalker
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Hiking

I thought this was a great hike. I didn't see what the rock outcrop had to do with angels, it didn't look like anything in particular, but, it was definitely cool regardless. So many colors in the stones. The second overlook of Wilburn Valley is certainly much better than from Angels Rest. It's very easy to find. Just stay on the obvious path. Plus, the rhodies at the top were interesting and in surprisingly good health. Was there in the middle of a sweltering July heatwave. I didn't have any problems with the steep climb, but, the inexperienced could certainly have some trouble. Take your time, it's not a race. There is only street parking for this. Just a shoulder beyond where the AT crosses the street. Pass the staircase, marking the trail and the shoulder is on the left (reverse) side. The road is fairly wide and seldom used.

Bill Lundeen
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Hiking

Fun! I wouldn’t say it’s as hard as some of the other reviewers led me to believe. Views are definitely worth it!

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Andrew C.
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HikingMuddy

Awesome trail. But beware if you’re not a regular hiker. A friend of mine refuses to go back because it was so challenging for him, and another friend got on me for not adequately warning him despite him going for long walks and bike rides. That being said, they both still made it to the top. As someone who regularly does challenging hikes (but otherwise zero cardio), it was definitely tiring in parts, but overall very doable. Wear good waterproof boots if you’re going within 2-3 days of it raining, as it was pretty muddy in a lot of places. View at the top was great and reminded me of Harper’s Ferry. The second overlook was definitely better though. If you or any of your party is pretty worn out by the top, rest assured that the 0.6 miles is all flat. Don’t bother with the spring as it is more of a puddle (as scribbled onto the sign for it). We have a 65lb dog who did great on the trail. No section that should give a large dog trouble.

Zac Wagner
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HikingRocky

Awesome hike. Definitely a challenge and an upward climb but the rock formations and cave-like structures are totally worth it! Also, do the extra .6 mile hike to the overlook, amazing view! Grab a stick for the way down and wear proper shoes.

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Livid Ostrich
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HikingGreat!

Round trip (out and back) if you visit the Angel's Rest Overlook and the Wilburn Valley overlook is 6 miles. This is all uphill to the top. Be prepared. The switchbacks offer no real relief from the incline. Wear good boots with plenty of ankle support, just a suggestion. We found one small stream for our pet to take a drink, so pack plenty of water. Once you reach the giant twin boulders, you're at the top. The sign at the top will direct you to either lookout for amazing views. The Angel's Rest Overlook is very small, maybe room for 4 people at a time. The Wilburn Valley Overlook will hold 6-10 people comfortably, and has an equally amazing view of the valley below. i highly recommend this trail. If you are a beginner, take your time, take breaks as often as needed, and pack protein and plenty of water, because this is a strenuous hike. But persistence pays off, the reward at the top is worth all the effort.

Brad Kesling
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Hiking

Fun hike with lots of frogs. The app said we were off the trail once, but we really weren’t. Also, we could not find the 0.6 mile overlook that everyone was talking about in the hike. The trail takes you to a small little spring and campground area 0.2 miles off the AT. The spring was difficult to find because the sign was facing the other way from the direction we came. Only gave this 4 stars because the trail guide of this app was a little confusing.

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Autumn Goebel
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Hiking

This hike definitely made me feel out of shape, kinda hard to find the hike as well. I took people advice and did the extra .6 and I’m glad I did. I’m proud of myself for completing this one!

Darin Bartik
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HikingBlowdownMuddyRocky

Angel’s Rest is a special treat after a good, steep hike. The rock formations, overhangs, and small caves look like a massive, old stone building. The extra 0.6 to the overlook is totally worth it since the AR overlook is nice, but not as good. You’ll see a couple AT campgrounds and fire pits. Be sure to touch the wind chime—gently. It rained the day before and day of my hike. Trail acted as a runoff stream a few different times. Rock steps and natural steps are slippery so hiking poles would have been handy coming down—I just used a fallen, but very strong, walnut branch. Crossed 2 creeks each about 3-5 wide. Don’t venture off into the ‘fields of green’ as you go through the switchbacks —they are thistle weeds and will scratch exposed skin. If you’re driving to the start/end, parking along the road seemed to be fine. I was a little worried but I overnighted without a problem. I absolutely recommend this for a short but strenuous hike.

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Yukihide Tsujimoto
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Hiking

Sweet trail. It took me 1.5 hours up with my girlfriend and 1 hour back. It’s pretty steep and the view at the end is worth it. It’s definitely worth going up the last flat .6 miles to get to the next lookout.

Leina Greenwalt
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HikingBlowdownMuddy

This is a great trail especially if you’re first on! We ran into so many millipedes, centipedes, frogs, and snakes—so great. Listen to the reviews, it’s a harsh uphill towards the second half but still doable. Old cell tower and wires, cool caves and rock formations, and a nice view. Be careful—this isn’t maintained super well and had a few downed trees that you had to finagle around and it was muddy after a storm.

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Dana .
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Hiking

Great hike; definitely a work out!

Hiking Mama
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HikingMuddyRocky

Fun trail!!!! After rain, quite technical first mile with mud, rock, streams and trees to climb over/under. Then have about .5 mile gently steady switchbacks. Then goes up, up, up for last mile ~1000’ gain. We went to the left at the top for extra .6 mostly flat trail to wilburn rock for a beautiful view of the valley. The trail on top was a rhododendron garden with azaleas scattered t/o. Then back to angel rest for a view of the town. Only gave it 4 stars bc I prefer more natural views rather than towns. But the trail? Five star all the way- very fun, challenging with many interesting features. Enjoy!

Sibley Brown
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Hiking

Nice hike on the AT. If you park in the lot on 100 (rather than at the road crossing indicated in this app's map) and go to both Angel's Rest and the second overlook, the total distance is 7.2 miles. For the second, nicer overlook, keep going straight on the AT (white blazes) past the sign for the spring (don't turn right down the blue-blazed trail like the map in the app shows) and then it will be on the left past the campsite with the firepit.

Luis User
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HikingMuddy

Awesome trail, but very steep at times. We went after about a week or so of rain, so it was slippery and muddy. The views were fantastic. This is definitely a strenuous trail, so be ready to tackle constant inclines. The trail was pretty well marked, though we managed to get off the trail once. The “Trail”we were following began to be overgrown and then stopped. We then realized we got off the trail thanks to our GPS. Just follow the white blazes and you’ll be fine. When you get to the Angel’s Rest, follow the blue blazes to get to a really cool lookout, but after that keep going up the trail about .06 miles for another great view. 10/10 would hike again with beef jerky.

Susan Bersin
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Hiking

Awesome hike! Well marked. Have to admit the ascent was challenging at times but the views were well worth it. Amazing! Highly recommend!

Gavin Oxley
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Hiking

I hiked this trail as a solo. Great hike but very steep at times. The trail is marked remarkably well and it’s not hard to find the point at Angel’s Rest. The trail guide will take you all the way to a small spring but there is really no view there but you may see some deer or other wildlife. Really cool hike and not too time consuming (other than the drive it took me to get here). I recommend.

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Amy Bosnoian
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HikingRocky

Beautiful but tough hike! I won’t lie, I had to take probably 20 small breaks on the way up and it was a steady incline. The view at the top was well worth it. Make sure to take the small trail with blue labels that has a really pretty rock formation and a great view. Also, once you’re at the top and see another sign, if you take the trail to the left to an additional 0.6 mi hike, if you go not even a 0.1 mi into it, there’s some nice caves.

Victoria Bright
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Hiking

Steady incline will get your heart rate up on your way to the top. Definitely worth the workout. The view from the top was phenomenal and the rock formations were a unique find as well. Plenty to explore once you’ve made it to the top.

Paula Cadman
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HikingRockyScramble

Sinned and gone to heaven. The pathway to heaven is no joke!You will find yourself with a good incline and move steadily up the mountain. It is a very narrow pathway and will encounter has some boulders to go around mid-way up. Keep your eye out for the angel white marked trees to make sure you’re in the right path. The earth gives water to those that see. Keep steady. At the near top, you will find two different pathways to choose..pathway A or B? The choice you make will be one of your soul seeks.

Alec Framm
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RunningBlowdown

Great hike. Make sure to go the extra half mile at the top to the Wilburn valley overlook, just follow the AT there and back. There is a small spring along the way too but very small and not super interesting if you have seen springs before. Overall a great hike with two great views. Keep in mind it’s heavily trafficked with through hikers around this time.

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Brian Wiersema
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