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High Rocks Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Wytheville, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.6 mi Elevation gain 544 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

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Beverly Dudley
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We enjoyed this trail! A tad hot w some horseflies. But not too strenuous- lots of rocks so wear good shoes. Thanks for the reviews about how hard it is to find the parking lot. Google maps sent us to that first area which is lower and you need to drive 15 minutes farther — farther and then on Whippoorwill for 2 miles and right in Broadway road (gravel road for 1.9 miles). We used Apple Maps to find the second time. And from trail head do take the left fork when you start the trail. Path is more worn on left anyway.

Brittney Carter
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Jeff Hutchens
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Hiking

Good trail. A little steep in areas but an easier moderate. Views were fantastic at the top.

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Kevin Garner
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I wouldn’t make a long drive for this, but if you’re local to SW VA then this is a great trail to get away from the crowds and enjoy a well maintained trail with a decent view at the top. I saw another review that emphasizes how steep this trail is...they must have been on another trail. This isn’t steep at all. Toughest gain in a mile is ~450 feet. Note that there is a trail that from this trail near the summit over to Sand Mountain. That trail is marked, but not well. It is thick with vegetation at points and honestly the beginning isn’t immediately recognizable as a trail. The view on the other end is nice but not amazing. Look for yellow and blue blazes about 0.1 mile from the summit.

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Issa Mitzi
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Hiking

Beautiful!

Autumn Goebel
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Did this hike yesterday! I did get ate up with bugs and horse flys there, a little muddy in the beginning as well. Beautiful view and worth it completely! It was a blast! Also Apple Maps will not send you to the right location so I would not recommend using that to gps it.

Rachelle Johnson
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Candace Light
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Be ware of a lot of broken glass at the start of the trail if you are taking your dog. Very consistent climb all the way up. It’s steep! Beautiful views once you get up there!

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Marcella Blankenship
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A bit rocky in spots and a few steep hills. Really nice view at the end though!

Megan Kittle
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Aaron Bazemore
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pretty nice hike. good payoff at the end. very high rock outcropping with great views of the valley. a little tight in spots but generally well maintained

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Shellie Wright
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I've done this little trail a few times over the last several years. I honestly think my favorite time was when a friend of mine and I did it with a few feet of snow on the ground lol You literally couldn't see anything at the top but the snow just added to the experience! This is a good one for getting a small workout in! It's not a terrible hike, if you enjoy overlooking a town... A day outside is never a waste though I always say

John Lavelle
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Good trail, old creek bed, longer than 1.3 up

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Morgan Herbert
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As everyone has already pointed out, it’s a great hike with a sweet payoff. Here are a few useful things to know when going. You’re supposed to have either a Virginia hunting or fishing license or one of the new DGIF “Restore the Wild” memberships. I have one but in 4 years of going up there, I have never been asked for it or seen a DGIF ranger. They might be tightening up on that, though. It can be hard to find the parking area, and you can end up in the wrong place hiking the wrong trail. There are several trailheads that are part of the DGIF’s Big Survey Wildlife Management Area in this area. You want the one at the top of the mountain off a dirt road called Broadway. If you pass the DGIF turnoff you’ll see a wide spot and a gated road immediately to your right. People often mistake this for the trail—it’s not. It’s an old access road that peters out in the middle of nowhere. Once you find the right parking area and start up the trail, you’ll find that it forks in about 100 yards. No one mentions this. You want to stay toward the left. I’m not sure where the trail toward the right ends up; if I find out, I will update. I think it just ends after a short ways. You’re walking up what is essentially a creek bed. Summer 2019 has been dry as a bone, but if you’re going after a rainy spring, expect to get your feet wet. You’re walking straight up the side of the mountain. It’s rated moderate and it’s doable if you’re in ok shape, but it’s not as easy as some reviewers have let on. Luckily it’s short at just over a mile. If you want a longer and more challenging route to the same view, come via the Town of Wytheville’s Crystal Springs Recreation Area. On that note, once you reach the top with the bench and the rocks and the views, turn around and walk back down the way you came. If you keep going straight, you’ll end up in Crystal Springs, miles from where you parked if you accessed from the DGIF trailhead. If you have done this trail before and want a different view, the view from the radio towers is much better once the novelty of overlooking the town has worn off. From the towers, you’re looking out onto uninhabited wilderness, just rolling mountains for miles. You can get there from this trail, from Crystal Springs, or from another DGIF access point on Barrett Mill Road. To get there from this trail: after the nice flat part that comes through the woods below the rocks, and before you start the final uphill push to the top, there is another trail off to your right. Pay attention to blazes on this trail, because it is not always apparent. I think they’re blue blazes. In about half a mile-ish you’ll end up scrambling up a rocky area at an ugly little building and coming up on a road with several radio towers. The great views are to your left, and there are a lot of buzzards roosting in the towers.

Brandy Cline
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Went on here on my first date with my husband. Great views, ready to go back.

Rebecca Szymanski
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Suzanne Wood
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Hiking

Nice quick hike overlooking Wytheville. Enjoy the view at the peak as the Turkey buzzards circle overhead.

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Jennifer Marshburn
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Has a small incline... The view is worth the hike tho!

Jess Coulson
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One of my favorite spots to hike. A wonderful view of the town, but if you go to the left rocks and hike into them, there is another wonderful view.

Timothy Landry
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Make sure to turn back at the peak. We made the mistake of going on, doubling the distance of the hike

Tyler Blevins
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It was a nice workout with a good view if you like an overlook of a town. Muddy and wet in places. Would not recommend dogs because of how rocky and there was a lot of glass and trash at the bottom.

Emily McKinley
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Amazing views of downtown Wytheville! Beautiful greenery and great hike!

Jenelle B.
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Great hike! Beautiful views, nice to hike in the fall. I can see where it would be difficult to hike if it had rained (slippery rocks) though.

Josi Giovinazzo
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Don't hike this during the summer! I'm sure it's nice during the winter/fall, but it was far too overgrown when we went. There weren't any markings, so it can be confusing to visitors.

Angela Corvin
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Fun hike with beautiful views at the top. Will definitely be back!

Kristy Boyd
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