Carson Mountain Fort Windham Rocks via Appalachian Trail

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Carson Mountain Fort Windham Rocks via Appalachian Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Huntly, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.8 miles
118 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


4 months ago

Nice little extension off the AT that leads to some fun rocks. climbing around on the rocks was quite enjoyable and my kids loved it quite a lot. Nice place to let the kids feel like they can climb without there being too many exposed heights. My kids were 3 and 5 at the time. We added onto this, so we probably did about a mile and a half, which made for a nice little hike before the sunset on a 90-degree day. Lots of wildflowers and mushrooms. We even saw a giant lunar moth. It would be a good leg stretcher for someone getting ready to hike a bigger trail. For those with kids, it's quite a nice little hike.

8 months ago

Very quick leg stretcher from the trailhead, but a nice rock formation to check out and climb around on a little bit. Also checked out the nearby spring. Quick and easy walk.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Great short hike for kids. Go past the rock formation to find a rocky path that leads you to the very top of the large cliff. The rocks at the top are easy to climb and a fun "real" rock climbing experience for my kids, 5 & 7. The roundtrip hike would take about 30 mins but they explored and climbed the rock formation for about an hour.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Quick little hike to the rocks, which are interesting enough. Much more interesting is the Columnar Jointing formation the other direction on the AT. I visited this peak just to bag it while I was finishing up a section hike to the edge of the park to see the kiosk.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

A good leg stretcher to an interesting rock formation. The trailhead is at the northeast end of the Compton Gap parking lot at MP 10.4. Blue blazes mark the trail. There are no restrooms at the trailhead.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Sunday, February 19, 2017