Flat Top Mountain Trail

HARD 42 reviews
#10 of 39 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
6 days ago

Great hike, not too busy, when you get to the top there's a fork with no sign, if you go to the right there's one small outcrop of rocks with a beautiful view & if you keep going on that trail back down you end up at the Peaks of Otter Lodge. If you go to the left at that fork you come to at the top there's a nice flat rock outcrop with a beautiful view that's better for relaxing/snacking! Rocks are slippery when wet!

hiking
16 days ago

Great hike, beautiful views and well maintained. Just be careful going down - the trail is mostly loose gravel so it's kinda like hiking on ball bearings

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

Great hike, pictures on Instagram:w.a.b.flicks

1 month ago

This trail is really not that difficult. Neighboring Sharp Top trail is more strenuous.

1 month ago

hiking
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

backpacking
6 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.

10 months ago

Saturday, August 20, 2016

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