Dragon's Tooth Trail [CLOSED]

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Jefferson National Forest

Dragon's Tooth Trail is a 6.6 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Catawba, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.6 km Elevation Gain: 374 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

scramble

closed

Note: This trail is currently closed due to COVID-19. The Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club maintains this section of trail and volunteers regularly pack out trash and maintain campsites to keep it beautiful. Please be mindful. Park rules and regulations are enforced: -Maximum group size, day hikes: 25 -Maximum group size, backpacking/camping: 10 -No alcohol -Dogs must be kept on leash at all times -No camping or campfires outside of 7 designated areas (north of VA 624/Newport Rd, the only legal campsites are Johns Spring Shelter, Catawba Shelter and campsites, Pig Farm campsite, Campbell Shelter and Lambert’s Meadow Shelter and campsites) -No camping or campfires on McAfee Knob or Tinker Cliffs

hiking
2 days ago

A scenic and just generally visually stimulating trail. Great summit. Additionally: does anyone know if this trail is still closed? If so, is it nonetheless still hiked?

hiking
3 days ago

Really fun trail!

hiking
rocky
15 days ago

Really great trail. I’m not sure I’d consider it “hard” but more of an upper level moderate. Most of it is easy but the last 0.7 miles is pretty steep and balance is needed. Great hike.

hiking
rocky
21 days ago

hiking
closed
muddy
rocky
scramble
28 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Late entry. Fun hike. Lots of rocks and scrambling. Make sure to wear footwear with good tread.

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

great hike. steady incline at first and then a rocky scramble. Decent skill level necessary. A bit muddy

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

We went after a lot of rain so the trail was pretty muddy and slippery. In the last mile it gets pretty steep and there are a lot of rocks to climb over. The Dragons Tooth was awesome to see! It was a fun and challenging hike!

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Trail was muddy and rocky. Not for beginner hikers. Sign says it takes 4-5 hours but it took us 2 1/2 hours with plenty of time to get pictures. If it rains that day it will be slick on the rocks and muddy the whole way. So don’t wear good shoes. The Dragon’s Tooth was amazing to see and we loved it!

hiking
2 months ago

Super fun to climb up these rocks!

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! If you like climbing rocks this a hike for you. Awesome view!

hiking
2 months ago

Challenging but not insane. We brought a boston terrier and she made it to the top but he carried her in a backpack going back down the rock scrambles. We're in moderate shape and hadn't hiked in a while and were able to do it in 4 hours.

2 months ago

Fun, but crowded, which gets a little sketchy near the top.

2 months ago

I did this last August. This is probably my least favorite of the three (Tinker Cliffs and Mcafee Knob), being that for actual good views, you have to climb up the teeth and it's usually super crowded and a bit scary

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