Elk Garden to Buzzard Rock Via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 1 reviews
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Elk Garden to Buzzard Rock Via Appalachian Trail is a 6.9 mile loop trail located near Trout Dale, Virginia that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1400 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

This hike proceeds from Elk Garden to Whitetop and includes a side-trip to Buzzard Rock (a high outcrop below Whitetop's summit). Hike includes a side-trip returning along an unmarked (but obvious) trail across Whitetop's grassy balds and down FS-89 back to the Appalachian Trail. An optional, much shorter hike can be planned from a parking area on FS-89 to Buzzard Rock near Whitetop's summit.