Mount Rogers Spur via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 36 reviews
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Mount Rogers Spur via Appalachian Trail is a 9.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Whitetop, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1942 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

scenic driving

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

14 hours ago

hiking
14 hours ago

Hiked this trail yesterday during peak foliage. Overall a great experience, with a variety of landscapes. The rocks on the trail were a bit hard on my feet, but the glades and ponies were well worth the 5h drive.

hiking
3 days ago

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5 days ago

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7 days ago

Great to hit the highest peak in VA! Both markers were easy to find at the top. The signage on the trails were easy to follow. The paper maps provided by the park didn't seem very thorough, but a nice backup to have. I added on Cabin Creek trail at the end by taking a right on the Rhododendron Trail, and then another right on main horse trail by parking lot. Cabin Creek adds about 2mi to your trek. Nice stream and falls to relax by after making the climb to Mt Rogers.

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked to Mt. Rogers Summit on 8/28 from Massie Gap. Headed out around 0830 and had the trail and summit to myself for the first 3 hrs. Very rocky but the elevation gain wan't bad. Many nice camp sights along the AT. The summit was neat, very different from surrounding area. Found both survey markers and not sure why there are 2. Not a difficult hike for an old man. Round trip took just under 4 hrs with a distance of 8.75 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

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1 month ago

backpacking
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

This is a stellar half day hike that provides a bounty of 360-degree views along the way. The rocky terrain merits the moderate rating, but it is an otherwise completely manageable trail that is not overly taxing. The wild ponies within Grayson Highland did not disappoint; plenty of trailside appearances along the way. I had not researched the summit very well and was surprised by how low profile the marker is – but was very gratified to find in on the large boulder beneath the trees. Would definitely return to backpack and camp along this route.

hiking
3 months ago

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4 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

First time hiking to Mount Rogers. I accessed it via Massey Gap in Grayson Highlands. Got to see lots of wild ponies and their babies. Hiked along the AT to the Summit. It's a very rocky trail but the views are Amazing all the way up! The Summit is in an old forest that is absolutely gorgeous. One of the prettiest places I have ever been to. I cannot wait to do it again.

hiking
4 months ago

One of the coolest hikes in Virginia for sure. Has a more western mountain type feel to it with the high up terrain you get to see. The wild ponies are an incredible cherry on top for this hike as well. At the end the trail goes into a beautiful forest with an anticlimactic finish at the summit which is in the trees as opposed to a final view point but the best views are many and often all along the way there and back.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago