Dragon's Tooth Trail

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Dragon's Tooth Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Catawba, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. 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.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1256 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Directions from Roanoke, VA: Take I-81, Exit 141 to VA 311 north for 10 miles to Dragons Tooth Parking Lot. Sign is on left, just past Catawba Grocery (also on left).

hiking
18 hours ago

3 days ago

was a fun hike. gradual climb until about the last .07. Then it gets to where it might be somewhat challenging for some. (climbing on rocks). Will definitely do this one again

Great hike! Make sure to wear shoes with proper tread, my regular running shoes were insufficient for coming down rocks.

hiking
12 days ago

Nearly missed the "tooth" by not walking far enough down the trail when we got to what we thought was the "top". Some nice big pink Rhododendron flowers on the way up.

hiking
13 days ago

18 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

Take advantage of the extra little climb to the absolute peak of the rocks. You won't regret the almost 360 view

23 days ago

28 days ago

28 days ago

Tough rock scramble the last .7 miles. Worth every bit of effort for the amazing view and incredible rock formations from the top.

Moderate/Strenuous depending on experience
Dragons tooth is a rocky good time! Offers multiple views, creek crossings, and a lot of climbing! This hike has a lot of ledges and climbing so good footwear is important. Bring at least 2 bottles of water. The summit has a lot of room and multiple view/rest spots. Parking lot can be very crowded on holiday weekends.

hiking
1 month ago

The views say it all... so worth the trip.

hiking
1 month ago

I've hiked this trail probably 6 times now and it never gets old. Short hike that's fun for all skill levels, granted there are some rock scrambles towards the top, but that's part of the fun of this trail. View from the tooth is fantastic. Hiked it with some friends on a snowy week day morning last year and had the entire trail to ourselves the whole day. Get's pretty busy on nice weekends though, but still a lot of fun

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Great hiking experience!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, trail in good condition. last mile has a bit of a rock scramble, lot of fun.

backpacking
2 months ago

This is a challenging but terrific trail. We camped at the top one night in July. The weather was terrific and the site at the top was nice and protected from the wind.

Definitely watch your footing on the last mile. One of our group sprained his ankle coming down.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail is pretty difficult for the last .7 miles with the rocky terrain. We got there early in the morning so it wasn't busy with a lot of people. Would hands down recommended but would leave the dogs at home for this one. If your able to make it to the top you'll be rewarded with the most amazing views. Will certainly go again!

2 months ago

great hike/climb and rewarding views.