Angel's Rest via Appalachian Trail

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Jefferson National Forest

Angel's Rest via Appalachian Trail is a 5.6 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.

Length5.6 miElevation gain1,843 ftRoute typeOut & back
dog friendlyHikingForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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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. Make sure you travel the extra 0.6 miles at the top to the second overlook.

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Nidhi Menon
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Great hike! Steep in some areas, especially tricky when hiking in the snow but worth the beautiful views!

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Devaughn Jordan
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This was a great one day hike on a cold snowy winter Saturday afternoon. There’s limited parking at the trail head (Cross Ave) 6 or 7 cars can park on the side where the trail begins. Snow squalls made our hike eventful, but thankful to have trekking poles to keep our footing as the trail was snow packed and icy at times! But we’ll worth the trip and beautiful view from Angel’s Rest Rock. And yea, as a bonus, the trail is also part of the APPalachian Trail so just follow the white blazes to the top until you see the signs for Angel’s Rest Rock. Up and back, it took us 3 hours due to the snowy conditions. I highly recommend this hike!!

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William Tell Fritzler
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Hiked on December 28, 2020. The trail was ice, snow, mud, and slippery. This was definitely a fun challenging short adventure! Parked on the side of the road and made my way up the trail with my dog Paisley. When I was nearing Angel's Rest the snow was about 4 inches. After reaching Angel's Rest, I made my way to Wilbrun Valley overlook which at this point the snow was minimal. The valley overlook makes this hike totally worth it!!

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Jason Overstreet
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Michelle Dalton
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Great trail! My husband and I went early on a Saturday and we basically had the place to ourselves until we started meeting people on the return trip. Recommend going early! Beautiful views and good trail - just be ready to climb. Saw a couple of does who were not afraid of us, made for some nice pictures.

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Chris Dalton
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Great trail. The "Hard" rating is accurate. The bottom 1/3 is fairly steep and the middle 1/3 sort of levels out slightly so you can catch your breath to prepare for the top 1/3 which really gets the ole heart muscle pumping with the incline. The view at the top will also take your breath away but for different reasons. It's very beautiful. I also recommend going the extra .60/mile to see the view of Wilburn Valley. An early morning start is the way to go to beat the crowd to the top. Parking is limited as you have to park along side the road, another reason to get an early start. Totally enjoyed this part of the AT.

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jon portrr
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Steady climb but very enjoyable hike.

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Brian Lynch
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El O
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I parked at Pearis Cemetery Trail crossing. The spot was easy to find, it was well marked and plenty of parking available. From there it was about 4 miles up the mountain. The views were worth it. The rocks at the top are cool too.

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David Yauger
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Not many people on the trail this Friday. Saw 1 family of 3 and 1 hiker. A little slippery coming down near the top but not too bad.

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Cameron Neal
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Decent nothing crazy

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Zach Dawson
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John Wang
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There are 2 main views here, one to the north of the New River and the town of Pearisburg from Angel’s Rest outlook and the second to the south of expansive Wilburn Valley. Both are decent views both having a side perspective of mountain chains Virginia is known for. The foliage makes all the viewpoints better, not just the popular ones. We have both viewpoints to ourselves for a good amount of time after starting around noon on a Saturday during peak foliage season. The bulk of the uphills is within the first 1.6 miles, so it is a bit steeper than the typical A.T. uphill. It will work your calves. If interested to see more details, you can find our hike report on our webpage at https://travel2walk.com/2020/10/29/virginia-hikes-angels-rest-october-24-2020/ or the video at https://youtu.be/FkTvwBKtuqk

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Teresa Kenyon
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First half was moderately difficult but last half was difficult. Uphill climb with many switchbacks. Both views from the top are worth the work!

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Garrett Kemmerly
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Emily Lichtenberger
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Great workout and very convenient distance from Blacksburg. The incline is consistently steep, which I enjoyed but others may not. Great views on the way up and some greats ones at the top. Recommend doing the extra .6 miles to the overlook. Very well marked. Limited parking, so I recommend getting there early or be prepared to come back another day. Will recommend this to friends.

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Hokie Hiker
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This is a very strenuous trail with loads of switchbacks and steady incline to the top. The views at the top are great and once you get up on the ridge, the walking is much easier ... but it’s a challenge getting to that point. It’s been over a year since I did this hike, but parking was very limited along the road at that time. Also, there were a lot of dying ash trees being killed by the emerald ash borer along the trail

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J Metzger
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Emma Dirks
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Quite steep and a little muddy. Nice overlook though.

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Sophie Calandra
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Pretty dang tough on the way up, but the lookout is definitely worth it

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Jeanne Craig
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Collin Phillips
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Steep and difficult for the last mile. Extra walk at the end is worth the view

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Shuo Mao
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Molly Greenhood
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The first part of the hike was pretty easy and a nicely marked and cleared trail. The second half was a beast, definitely constant, steep inclines for about a mile or so. Totally doable but be prepared for increased heart rate! We went further up the trail to the second overlook which was beautiful and worth the extra RT mile. I recommend going just a bit further for some beautiful walking in more overgrown areas of the trail with some beautiful flora.

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