Appalachian Trail: Elk Garden to Buzzard Rock

MODERATE 1 reviews
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Appalachian Trail: Elk Garden to Buzzard Rock is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Trout Dale, Virginia that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1400 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

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This hike proceeds from Elk Garden to Whitetop and includes a side-trip to Buzzard Rock (a high outcrop below Whitetop's summit). Hike includes a side-trip returning along an unmarked (but obvious) trail across Whitetop's grassy balds and down FS-89 back to the Appalachian Trail. An optional, much shorter hike can be planned from a parking area on FS-89 to Buzzard Rock near Whitetop's summit.