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Appalachian Trail: Whitetop Mountain to Green Cove Creek

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Jefferson National Forest

Appalachian Trail: Whitetop Mountain to Green Cove Creek is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Whitetop, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 9.1 mi Elevation gain 1,269 ft Route type Point to Point

Dogs on leash

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Charles Mcgaffic
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Backpacking

The fireworks were awesome from buzzard rock.

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Matthew McDonnell
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This is one of the most breathtaking views I have ever seen! A very scenic view from the road and the trail itself. In the short portion my wife and I hiked it went through some light underbrush, a fun rocky (although in no way steep) forested area into a prairie to a rocky outcrop. Making it to the rocky outcrop is not difficult and gives all around views you can see for miles. Also worth it to drive to the top five bonus views. The only thing is it can be hard to find so sp at first parking lot directly before iron gates. The trail is on either side of the road before you cross under power lines. A truly underrated and not at all crowed gem!

Robert Orr
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if you start at 600 then the actual peak of Whitetop is only 2.5 miles into the 9 mile trail. I mistakenly kept going thinking that I wasnt at the summit yet, and just ended up doubling back and doing the whole trail again. it was very cloudy at the top at 11 AM but had cleared up by 2 PM when I came back and the views were fantastic. I highly recommend this hike.

Navigator B
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Hiking

A very forested hike. I was doing a 20 miler this day from Grayson Highlands to Scales, Mt. Rogers, and Whitetop. After summiting Mt. Rogers, I started on this portion west. The AT was literally a stream of water from all the rain, and my shoes were trashed with water. Not much views at this point; kind of wished I had taken the wide VHHT instead. After the same forest rain wet rutine, I made it to Elk Garden. Views were nice, and rested before my last 3 mile section. After trudging through the forest again, I made it to whitetop. From there, our pickup was waiting, and we drove on up to that summit. Great views from here, with all the clouds in the valley. Really wanted to hike on to Buzzard Rock, but time of day would not permit me. Able to see Buzzard Rock from the summit though. Hope to hit that outcrop next summer. Trail would get higher rating if weather was better and trail drier. But, a nice hike and overcoming adversity.

Jeff Mullin
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Good trail, lots of flora and some turkeys. Nice view from Buzzard Rock.

Lonny Smith
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First to Review

good hike

Heather User
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Eric Salyer
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Doniel Kaye
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Irving Blanco
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Lisa Martin
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Alex G
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Eric Guerra
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Aly Nada
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M S
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Philip Byers
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Frank Gruber
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Angela Carrillo
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Kelly Danielle Perry Hayes
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Linda Main
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Kevin White
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