Angel's Rest via Appalachian Trail

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Angel's Rest via Appalachian Trail is a 4.3 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.

4.3 miles
1,804 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly





nature trips



wild flowers


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.

6 days ago

Trail is narrow for a good portion of the climb and it’s a steep, steady, incline all the way up but the view is worth it! We hiked the extra 1-1.5 miles along the ridge to the other overlook and had even better views there.

8 days ago

It was the Devil’s Climb to Angel’s Rest, but the view was worth every bit of the 1,800 foot elevation. It was an intense cardio workout on the way up and tedious on the way down since it’s steep and rocky in some places. It is a beautiful trail with some witnesses wildlife. If you feel like you want to stop and turn around halfway to the top- don’t. Both views were great, so recommend going to both spots. My dad and I are Appalachian Trail rookies no longer!

1 month ago

The hike is really steep the closer to the top you get. The views are good but not the best. Once you’re at the top it’s better just walk the ridge about an extra mile to the Pearis Ledges were there are some amazing views. There are lots of deer around and I steeped on a black snake stretched across the trail. Coming is pretty difficult because it’s so steep and you practically have to run in some spots.

1 month ago

Coordinates this website gives you (Start/End) are not correct. Look for DQ in Pearisburg (as others mentioned), go behind it, on Jonston Rd, then Cross St. The road goes up for 3/4 of a mile, look for sign "Angel Rest" on the left, the trailhead also on the left. There is no parking lot, park on the side of the road.
Hike continues in pretty dense forest almost all the way up. You will see deer. Steep hike. Got soaking wet with sweat. View is better on 2nd overlook (Willows Valley, I think), 0.6 miles furher on AT.

2 months ago

This is a great hike for people who want to see wildlife. I started off early morning around 8 and saw 4 deer, a cat, and a black bear with a cub. Be sure to bring protection and know what to do in a bear encounter! I did neither and got pretty shaken up. Didn’t even notice how difficult it was after that.

The views were amazing and I think this hike is definitely worth the trip! Not only were the overlooks pretty but the hike itself was really pretty as well.

3 months ago

This is a pretty hard trike. Some points it feels like your going straight up. It has good views but I've seen better.

4 months ago

Great hike!! Good views!!

8 months ago

Hiked it solo the day after Thanksgiving. A nice climb to Angels Rest with some impressive rock formations and caves. The last part of the climb was pretty steep but only for a short distance. Another half mile to mile of relatively flat hiking and there are some really nice overlooks to the valley below. I started at 8:00 am and was back at the car by 1:30. According to my watch it was close to 7 miles roundtrip.

9 months ago

Great hike. The leaves were amazing. Wear something orange. We heard hunters early on Saturday. Definitely do it again.

10 months ago

Wish I would have waited until more of the leaves had fell but the trail is well kept and it was still worth the view. Gets a little steep when ya get close

11 months ago

I especially liked the view you get on the other rock, not the Angel's rest rock.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

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).

Monday, July 03, 2017

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.

Monday, June 26, 2017

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.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

steep but worth it

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

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.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Great views from the Rest.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

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.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Beautiful view but has some steep incline

Friday, December 30, 2016

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.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Want to make sure this trail and its overlooks remain for you to enjoy? Say NO!! to the proposed pipeline.
Where to write (by 12/22/16) is contained at the end of the article. Act NOW!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

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.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Not a long hike, but vertical.... enjoyed it... direcrions on website did not get us there... park on Cross Ave... shorter hike.... if not park below.... make right behind Newberry ford and park at peris cemetery parking lot and take trail across road..... we drove up cross Ave and picked up blaze there... even November hike you need water..... views of valley worth the .06 miles at top.... flat up top.... hope you enjoy it

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Great payoff for the hike. The trail doesn't actually have a parking lot, you park by the side of the road and walk back down to the trail. We thought it was a fairly rough climb but very manageable with the switchbacks. The second lookout (0.6 mi to the left) was much better.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Went for a sunset hike, narrow path but manageable to follow because of the markings on the trees. Parking on the road is limited. Was uphill for awhile but not bad, did it in the fall so the leaves made it kind of slippery. It is also worth the extra 0.6 miles to the overlook, it was a beautiful view!! Recommend for people who have hiked before since it is a slightly challenging climb, but doable and worth the view!

Friday, November 04, 2016

My dog loves it. It is definitely a challenge and would recommend keeping your dog on a leash for the more narrow parts. Beautiful view makes it that much more rewarding.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Great trail parking is hard to find

Monday, August 15, 2016

It was a beautiful hike. I wouldn't suggest this trail for anyone who is looking for a quick and easy hike. The climb is consistently uphill with more switchback than I could count. However, the view is worth it, both overlooks are breathtaking.

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