Elk Garden Trail is a 2.3 mile out and back trail located near Troutdale, Virginia that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
There's a parking lot right off of State Road 600, which has trail heads to Elk Garden, AT and Highlands Horse Trail. There's no camping allowed in the parking area, obviously, but if you arrive late at night (like I did), there are two camping sites on the edge of the woods, right behind the parking lot. (Beside AT trail head). There's one bathroom (housed hole in the ground).