Sharp Top

HARD 19 reviews
#16 of 43 trails in

Sharp Top is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bedford, Virginia and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.7 miles
1243 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running


1 month ago

loved it! definitely will work you, the rock steps at the top really got me..but the view at the top is amazing! I would do it again. *take bug spray, gnats are bad at the top

3 months ago

6 months ago

A wonderful trail...short but steep to amazing views at the rocky summit. The hard work on the climb is definitely rewarded. There is lots of parking, between the lots at the trailhead, across the Parkway at the visitor center and even across Abbott Lake at the restaurant. It is often needed. Fortunately the crowds did not show up until I was headed down on a beautiful morning-after-Thanksgiving hike.

7 months ago

First time hiking alone and it was great! I stayed at the Peaks of Otter lodge and just walked my way to the trail. The view was better than what I expected.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Very steep and quite difficult, but the payoff at the top is terrific.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016

Loved it. It was clear at the top we could see all the way to LU.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A gorgeous one of a kind hike and view. It's extremely steep but also short so just keep pushing. I'd go only on weekdays to avoid the crowds and have a little peace and serenity up top.

Monday, November 02, 2015

This is a challenging, rocky trail that's tons of fun to climb and easy to get to from the parking lot at its base. The easy-to-access trailhead means that people of all ages and abilities tackle this hike, from young kids to grandparents. Seeing the range of folks carefully making their way up the mountain was inspiring, and the views from the top and on the way up/down are terrific. Second the reviewer who notes that Buzzard's Roost is also worth a visit. Definitely go on a weekday if you can to avoid the crowds. The top was crammed with selfie-stick wielding college kids oblivious to other hikers/visitors and playing songs from their iPhones on the way up/down. No thanks.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Challenging hike, more commercial than I like but the 360 degree view can't be beat. I bridged over to flat top after and it made for a great hike.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The hike was really steep but very doable. The views at the top were absolutely spectacular. Definitely worth at least one visit on a clear day. The only issue j had is that there were a few too many other people where the trail got crowded at times. If that doesn't bother you then it's a perfect day hike.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015

This is an extremely popular hike on weekends, especially during fall foliage season. At certain times of the year, it can be difficult to find a spot at the top to enjoy the panoramic views. However, you can get the summit to yourself, even in the summer. You have to be willing and able to go early in the morning during the week. The views are spectacular at the top, which is why it is so popular. The hike is strenuous. Those who don't get regular exercise will find it challenging, but the reward at the top is worth it.

Friday, October 11, 2013

The Blue Ridge Parkway designates this trail as strenuous, and that's pretty accurate. It's a fairly steep climb but completely doable. If you're training for anything, this is a great hike to change up your routine. Bring a bottle of water and a camera. The view is beautiful.