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 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
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1256 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

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).

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hiking
9 days ago

I agree with the reviewer below who said this is the least gratifying view of Virginia's triple crown. It's still amazing, but do Tinker and McAfee AFTER this one (and in that order). That being said, it's still a lovely and gratifying hike. I haven't done much scrambling, and that made the climb really fun and that much more enjoyable. I went alone on a Thursday in August and though there were others on the trail I had it mostly to myself. It was a bit of a cloudy day and I was very happy to have had a raincoat in my pack to have lunch at the top because after being sweaty from the climb it was quite chilly. The roundtrip 4.6 miles took me about an hour and 45 minutes, not including lunch, and I went through 1.5 liters of water. So grateful for whomever blazes these trails (first blue then AT white). They are incredibly well-marked and as a solo traveler I never had a moment's doubt which way to go. Enjoyable.

hiking
12 days ago

This is a fun hike, but it has the least exciting view out of the three Triple Crown hikes. The trail is uphill, but it is not challenging until you get to the rock scrambling. The rock scrambling is really fun, just make sure you are wearing appropriate footwear. I definitely recommend hiking boots or tennis shoes. I wouldn't wear anything like Chaco's. Once you reach the tooth, there's some pretty cool spots to have lunch, and you gotta climb the tooth!

13 days ago

Hike is a little misleading in that the first 2.5 miles or so are not very difficult. The rock scrambling to the top is more challenging. My cousin got to the top with a broken wrist though so it's not impossible.

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Awesome hike! Be prepared to "climb" a bit towards the end (around 0.7 miles left, that is because you pass through really rocky areas and need to use your arms)

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

It is a lot harder than you think..the view is worth it...you do get a full body workout...bring snacks and lots of water...

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Really cool at the top. Moderately difficult.

1 month ago

Took this trail North bound on the AT, definitely a difficult hike but had a great view! So rewarding when you finally make it to the top!

1 month ago

My new favorite hike. Definitely tough, but if you are looking for a hike that has a good scramble of rocks, than this is your trail.

1 month ago

1 month ago

The last .7 mile is tricky but a great challenge for folks who like rock scrambles. The Tooth and the view from the summit are very cool, but the best reward is mastering the climb up. Make sure you've got supportive boots with good grip. Trail is impeccably well marked. Go early or on a weekday since crowds create traffic jams at the narrow rocky parts of the trail.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Average hike the first 2/3rds, then it became more interesting. Got a great workout on the quads on this one.