Iron Mountain Trail is a 12.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Damascus, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length12.3 miElevation gain2,263 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashBackpackingCampingHikingMountain bikingWalkingForestViewsWildflowers
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Michael (Sambo) Bussell
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Mountain biking

HARD, ROCKY with some flow

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Kristen Osgood
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Hiking

Met some bear dogs, kinda scary

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Kent Jamison
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Backpacking

The Iron Mountain Trail does connect to the Appalachian Trail in this segment. The former sees a lot of horse back riders and is graded well.

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Kent Jamison
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Backpacking

Not many blazes, which are golden yellow.

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Adam Kennedy
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Hiking

Moderate hike ... we looked around and connected with the Appalachian Trail and came back down into Damascus.

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Sheree Kimes
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Hiking

This was this was not really a trail on the map. We went up Iron Mountain trail intersected at the Appalachian Trail came back down to Virginia Creeper Trail and walked back up fourth Street to where we could park our vehicle. It was a nice hike today

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Richard Hodges
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The trail is well marked, and not a bad hike. The mileage is more like 13.5. I marked 13 where the trail comes out in Damascus, but it is a residential area, and you will need to park in town - which adds about .5 miles to the hike.

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Jonah Tolbert
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nice trail for the whole family take your time ennoy the nature along the way dont be ready to set speed records enjoy this trail.

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Carl Gaines
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10:14 AM at trailhead for Lum trail 0.75 miles traveled; trail very muddy and start slightly uphill, lush; Trail basically runs up a ravine steady climb and no real issues with rocks and roots; 10:45 AM at iron Mountain Trail Junction; 1.83 mi; rest at the picnic table in front of shelter; shelter a bit dirty in and kept by last travelers; Carl pees on tree - likes to confuse the dogs; Continuing east on the Iron Mtn Trl we go downhill a bit and then through some really wet spots into an open mountain meadow loaded with the blackberry bushes and some of the fruit is tasty;Trail is heavily overgrown in spots; blackberry meadow; after the small meadow we’re back in a forest environment with a fairly good sandy trail; Heavy rhododendrons; The last 1/2 mile of this connector trail is moderately downhill and very rocky hard to travel; Beautiful sunny calm temperate morning; woodpecker in the distance; at the bottom of the Rocky Rhododendrum section levels out a bit and switches to alongside the creek but we were hiking above; basically crossing the creek we shifted from one side of the ravine to the other but now we’re very low in the ravine; The trail becomes a little side creek rocky with a stream small stream; 11:30 AM 2.8 miles at the junction with Skulls Gap Trail; at this point the trail basically becomes a forest service maintenance Road; Turn around; 12:13 PM back at the fork to the lamb trail with the shelter and picnic table yay; Break; 12:55 PM 4.8 miles return to Lum trail head; 1:08 PM back at the thirsty whale; 5.2 miles;

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Lewis Schewlakow
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Hiking

Trail was extremely rocky, harsh on the ankles. Also it seems to be more of a dirt biking trail now. Not much fun to hike, will stick to the AT in this area.

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Ashley Sword
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First to Review

Great loop hike from IMT to AT.

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Wesley Davis
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Richard Hodges
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Mekenzie Campbell
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Bob Devereaux
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