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Loft Mountain Loop via Appalachian Trail

EASY 28 reviews
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Loft Mountain Loop via Appalachian Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Grottoes, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.8 miles
488 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers



4 months ago

Great short hike with a great view from the top. took the grandkids ages 4 and 5. They did just fine. we did the loop and loved the short trip on the AT.

5 months ago

Good short hike. As noted by another review, it’s marked as “Frazier Discovery Trail”. Easy hike with good views. Trail isn’t very rocky so easy walking for the pup as well.

7 months ago

unbelievable views. great trail

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Short trail but pretty good.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

My kids really enjoyed this hike and the views at the top.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

The NP identifies this trail as the Frazier Discovery Trail. It also known as the Deadening Nature Trail, named after the historic practice of "deadening" or girdling trees to allow more sunlight to reach the ground for the cultivation of crops and pastureland. The trail is moderately strenuous and leads to a phenomenal view of the Big Run watershed from the rock outcropping at the top of Loft Mountain. Blue blazes mark the trail. Parking for the trailhead is at the Loft Mountain Wayside, MP 89.5. No restrooms, unless they are inside the Wayside, which was closed when we visited.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Pretty easy hike with great views and overlooks. Had a little difficulty finding the trailhead due to lack of cell service and an inability pull up the exact directions on my phone (my fault). Write'em down before you go!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Good campsite access if you're nearby. Awesome views.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Started right behind our campsite. Nice little hike and beautiful in the fall.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Very nice section of AT and so convenient to CG. Lucky enough to get a "ring side seat" of a campsite on A loop. Saw 3 beautiful sunsets on ledge just moments away from campsite.

Friday, September 11, 2015

I love this place. My favorite spot on this planet! The views are amazing! The Appalachian Trail loops around the campground for a great day hike. I highly recommend Loft Mountain Campground for a fun and memorable outdoor experience!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Fairly easy trail with beautiful views. A great over look was a 5 minute walk on this trail from my campsite at loft mountain campground and its was easy to get to for a beautiful sunset.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Awesome trail. Did it with a 7 year old boy and 3 year old girl. They did great. Amazing views and great rock outcroppings to play on.

7 months ago

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