Hightop Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Elkton, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.3 miles Elevation Gain: 938 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Many trailheads in this park are closed due to COVID-19. Please check the park website for up to date info on which trails are accessible.

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3 months ago

Had a beautiful day hiking this trail since the Central District was closed. Loved all the moss covered rocks and steady climb.

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5 months ago

Uphill the entire first half but worth the view at the top! The trail was very well maintained and there weren’t too many rocks. Cool little hut right off the main trail.

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private property
6 months ago

Did not make it to the hike. Make sure you pay attention to google maps to where it is leading you. I did not. My bag. It lead me into the mountains on hunting road. Which is not the correct way to get to this hike. You hvta go into skyline drive to enter this hike. If you enter from mountain road you can get fined for not paying to get onto skyline drive. In all it was a fun drive up the mountain.

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6 months ago

day! Lots of leaves on the ground. Dry, with wind at the top.

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bugs
8 months ago

The trail is steep and doesn't really stop till you reach the summit. But the views at the top are some of the best in the park. Sunsets up there are probably gorgeous!

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bugs
9 months ago

Steady climb on the way up. Great view. Dog thoroughly enjoyed. NOTE: driving in using Google maps? Snowy Mountain Road does NOT connect. Seems like it hasn’t for a while. Must go in via Skyline Drive. We had to stop on Snowy Mountain Road and walk the mile to the trail head - not a big deal but had to leave our car parked to the side of the road. Also last .5 mile of Snowy Mountain is not suited for small cars.

Tue May 21 2019

awesome views at the top. Soft trail near the summit.

mountain biking
Sat May 18 2019

I was at blue ridge. I don’t know why all trails doesn’t recognize it

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Sun Sep 16 2018

Completed this hike many times over the past few years. Easy access via Swift Run Gap park entrance for a quick hike when short on time. Easy grade up and down suitable for kids and dogs. Great view in relation to the work required to get to the top.

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recorded Hightop Trail

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