Flat Top Mountain Trail

HARD 36 reviews
#10 of 44 trails in

Flat Top Mountain Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Buchanan, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1751 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

Flat Top Mountain is one of three mountains making up the Peaks of Otter in Jefferson National Forest. It is the tallest of the three, topping out at 4,001 feet.

hiking
4 days ago

I've done this hike about four times now and the view is always incredible. The hike can get pretty tiresome since most of it is uphill, but the view is worth it. I'd say it takes about 2-4 hours. When you get to the top you do have to climb some rocks for a good view.

hiking
14 days ago

Good view at the top. The trail was a little over grown.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Not as many people on trail. Limited view at the summit. But there are a couple of rocks at the summit to climb on for a view.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

3 months ago

Still one of my favorite hikes! Great views with moderate traffic.

hiking
3 months ago

backpacking
4 months ago

If you do the get directions option, it takes you to Peaks of Otter lodge, which is not the exact start of the trail, but it's close. I uploaded a picture to help.

The trail is easy to follow and not marked until you reach the summit. We went in mid February so there were no leaves, but the views were good, and the trail was not hard. No crazy incline, about 1.8-2.0 miles to the summit. There were some good places to have fun and climb rocks.

8 months ago

10 months ago

Trail from Otters of Peak lodge was hard, mostly vertical elevation, but worth the view at the summit.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Did not use listed trail. off parkway there is a pull off with signs for trail it connects to listed trail great view at top well worth the hike

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Beautiful

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Monday, May 09, 2016

hiking
Friday, May 06, 2016

I really enjoyed the hike to the top but unfortunately due to the weather it was too foggy to see the views at the top! Definitely plan to go back on a sunny day to get the full effect!

Sunday, May 01, 2016

hiking
Sunday, May 01, 2016

We ended up hiking in the rain since the weather lied so we had a view of solid fog at the top, which stunk but the hike was great (other than the rain). The trail is easy to follow, well kept, and very navigable. It's a steady incline with switchbacks but totally doable for low fitness levels. I myself work out, but am still in the process of loosing weight so I stopped many times on the way up to catch my breath from the climb. But it's worth it to now I conquered this and neighboring Sharp Top!

hiking
Monday, April 25, 2016

The trail was great! It took us about two hours to get to the top and there was almost no one else on the path!

hiking
Sunday, April 24, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, March 30, 2016