Hightop Peak Loop via Appalachian Trail

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Hightop Peak Loop via Appalachian Trail is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stanardsville, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,375 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
23 days ago

Sunday, April 02, 2017

View after first 1.5 mi was great, trail continues to follow the AT down the mountain and loops back up around to the high top peak. Not much to see after the first viewpoint. Good distance for a day hike, but if your looking for something more exciting try another trail (Riprap trail).

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Monday, December 12, 2016

The walk up was very forested, though still provided beautiful views of massive rock formations. The summit was spectacular, despite rainy and foggy when we did it. Might be a little hard for someone out of shape, but definitely worth it.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Absolutely loved this hike. From the parking lot it feels about 2 miles and some change, it starts out surprisingly steep but one YOU get close to the top it definitely gets easier. This hike is amazing because the view at the top is astonishing. Best hike I've ever been on personally.

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

not much to look at on the way up, but the lookouts at the top were beautiful. only made it to the second one before we had to turn around because of a storm coming in. make sure you pack plenty of water, we went on a very humid day and sweated profusely and ran out of water quickly.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

1 hour
Nice views

hiking
Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Good

hiking
Sunday, September 07, 2014

When hiking from the South this trail is great and less than 2 miles to a fantastic view. Coming from the north it's about 9 up a gradual grade. Coming from the south, when at the top the best view is the sec on or third outlook on the right. You do have to pay to get into the SNP but the $15 pass lasts a week so you can hit any of the great hikes in Shenandoah. This is one of my favorites!

hiking
Sunday, April 20, 2014

This trail was pretty good. The trail itself was just a normal switchback, not much to look at while hiking. The view at the top was breath taking. Would be a pretty good trail to run on.

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17 days ago

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9 months ago

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

recorded Hightop Peak Loop Trail

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