House Mountain Trail is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lexington, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.4 miles Elevation Gain: 2,785 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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House Mountain actually has two trails that fort at the "Saddle" area,

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rocky
10 days ago

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14 days ago

It’s a road.

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rocky
1 month ago

This one is a great, hard slog in terms of elevation gain but two very different mountains lead to two incredible payoffs view-wise! Lovely and quiet, even on a Saturday!

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muddy
1 month ago

Beautiful summits. I’ve done this hike 3 times and got lost twice. The trail isn’t marked great. The actual mileage is closer to 11 miles from the parking lot. Take the path up to the Y, this is steadily uphill, but well marked. When you get to the Y, there are 2 trails to the right. Take the one to the right, not the one past the fire ring (that will take you down in a canyon vs to the summit). The trail to the left is shorter, but steeper. The summit is magical. Right before you get to this summit look back to remember where the trail back down starts. Follow the red diamond here vs blue. Have fun and enjoy the views.

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1 month ago

I absolutely love this hike! The road to the saddle isn’t too bad (a steady incline the entire way). Steep trails to both Big and Little House Mountains; the views are worth it!

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2 months ago

Strenuous hike ..... we did Big House trail, but well worth the effort. Will definitely be back to do Little House trail in the future

3 months ago

I only did the Big House summit, but really enjoyed this hike. I did it last weekend, and only saw 3 other people the whole time. Beautiful views, and saw the falcon that they mention. Next time I will have to do Little House

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rocky
8 months ago

A strenuous, but excellent hike! We only hiked to Big House and the view was absolutely incredible. The first half (out) was a steady incline and increasingly difficult after the saddle but the higher we climbed, the cooler and less humid the air temperature became. The hike was 3 hours with about 30 minutes at the summit enjoying the beauty — definitely would be a great trail for camping to enjoy both the Big and Little House Summits. The trailhead isn’t well marked as you spend the first 1/2-3/4 miles on a private gravel driveway. Highly recommend, take lots of water!!

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rocky
scramble
8 months ago

Difficult, but worthwhile hike. The view from the top of the Big House trail is stellar. Only downside: There is ~0.75 mile gravel driveway before you reach the trailhead. The last 0.75 mile before the Big House summit is tough. The trail is nicely shaded.

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8 months ago

We only did the big house summit. Trail was well maintained and easy to follow. The trail was through dense forest virtually the whole route. Buggy too. Views from the summit made it worthwhile.

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9 months ago

Only hiked a little bit. Needs better signs on where/when trail actually begins. Walking through the lane of houses is lame

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10 months ago

I found the Little House trail harder than Big House Mtn. There are more switchbacks and there is a little more scrambling than on BH. The best overlook is on the far side of the mountain; great place for a picnic. This trail appears used less than BH.

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Sat Apr 06 2019

Great trail. Strenuous, as it's steep but worth it. Camped at the saddle between Little House and Big House Mtns. Locals had left firewood.. There is a nice apple tree field. Nearby is a AT-style Shelter (didn't use) and a Privy. No water in immediate vicinity (or on entire trail) but short trek down-hill from saddle was a small pipe with fresh water. Big Mtn last 1/10 is VERY rocky and steep (hand-climbing in places).

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rocky
Wed Apr 03 2019

I’ve done a lot of solo hikes and very strenuous with awesome views, but this is still my favorite. There was no one on the trail to big house mountain, after I came back down and stopped at the little house mountain where all the butterflies swarmed the ragweed, a couple didn’t realize there was a higher summit. Make sure you keep past the peregrine falcon sign, that’s when shhh... gets real! It was challenging and beautiful and worth every step. I went when all the leaves were falling off the trees and the trail was at times, difficult to navigate. Rocky and leaves over the blue blazes and very steep. Heard a rattler and stepped lightly around a rock pile. But it was pretty incredible. A lost gem, definitely my favorite vigorous hike.

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rocky
Sat Mar 16 2019

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rocky
Mon Jan 28 2019

Beautiful hike to big house and little house mountain! It is mainly uphill and slightly strenuous but the view is worth it. Big house takes me about 2.5 -3 hours round trip, little house is a little longer and more difficult than big house.

Mon Dec 31 2018

Steep climb and the intensity of the incline increases quite a bit from the saddle to the top of Big House, but so worth the view. To get more out of the hike, at the first switchback we opted to scramble directly up to the overlook... more for the seasoned hiker as it’s moderately exposed. Just up the ridge from the overlook is a balanced rock formation, remarkable to see and a great pic opportunity.

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Sun Aug 12 2018

Hard trail - steep with lots of skree - view in summer a little constrained but imagine late winter / early spring would open up some views- definitely go again

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Mon Aug 06 2018

Strenuous uphill trail leads to amazing views on the Big House Mountain trail. Took me about five hours round trip. Extremely quiet, low traffic. Beautiful rhododendron thickets towards the top that would be lovely to see in bloom. The red marked trail at the top is quite overgrown, easy to lose the trail in some spots. There’s a run down cinderblock hut along the red trail on the ridge. It’s been vandalized and gave me the creeps, but it would be good for shelter in a storm. Will be doing this trail again.

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Mon Jul 09 2018

Great day hike. There are great views at the peaks and ends of both Big and Little House. It does get very humid here in this part of VA so recommend an extra pair of clothes or at least socks and a few liters of water. A lot of deer on the road to the parking lot so be careful. Enjoy

Sat Jun 30 2018

Hiked on 6/29/18. Beautiful 180+ degree view at the top. Well worth the work. We did not see the goat.

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Mon Jun 18 2018

Incredible view! The sight from the summit is worth how difficult the incline intensity is while hiking up. Found the goat and hammocked at the summit till sunset. So beautiful, just make sure you're in shape!

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Sat May 12 2018

Another awesome hike. May 12, 2018. Did’t see the goat!

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Sun Mar 04 2018

Excellent hike, enjoyed the Big house trail and especially the exceptional views. It is about 6.5 miles from the parking to the overlook of Big House and back.

Sat Aug 19 2017

Great views at the top, but the actual hike is dull

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