Sharp Top Trail

HARD 178 reviews
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Sharp Top Trail is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bedford, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife 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.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1243 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wildlife

It is a great hike with alot of stairs for a good workout. Take your time and make sure you have lots of water. We packed a lunch and stopped part way down to rest on a flat rock.

hiking
2 days ago

The parking lot is on a road across from the Visitor's Center. Plenty of parking but it fills quickly. The trailhead is to the left of the rustic Sharp Top Store at 37* 26.596'N and 079* 36.554'W. It's 1.5 miles to the top but allow 2 hours to go up an 1 hour to go down. There is also a shuttle bus to transport non-hikers up near the top. ($10 round trip or $6 just to go up). A well-marked sign at 37* 25.825'N and 079* 36.424'W tells you that Buzzard's Roost is 600 feet to the right and that Sharp Top peak is 1,900 feet to the left. Once at the peak located at 37* 26.009'N and 079* 36.292'W you'll see a nice stone shelter and a huge mound of boulders. Stone steps lead up to a large observation area that you can easily walk around to get 360 degrees of coverage. The views are well worth the strenuous climb. As others have said there are lots of gnats up there. I thought to myself that this would be no big deal on a cool September morning but I was very wrong. Once up the steps to the lower observation area you'll encounter them but when you go further up you will be swarmed. They don't bite or sting but they will absolutely swarm you. Nearly 1/3 of all the pictures that I took from the top were unusable due to the swarm of bugs in every photo. But the 2/3 that I used turned out beautifully. The views from the peak on a clear day stretch out to the Piedmont to the east and over the Shenandoah valley to the Allegheny mountains to the west and look 600 miles into the distance. After leaving the peak go back to the fork and out to Buzzard's Roost. It is a very easy, short, and nearly level walk. There you'll find that the end of the path is a boulder mound that can be easily scaled for more gorgeous pictures in 360 degrees. There is also a clearing to the right where you can get a nice clear shot of Sharp Top mountain. Once down the mountain, the Sharp Top Store offers t-shirts, soft drinks, ice cream, and camping supplies.

backpacking
4 days ago

It's a steep walk with a lot of off angle Surfaces and loose rocks to walk on.

8 days ago

8 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

Amazing views! This is a must see if you have not seen it in person yet. Really amazing trails and always great people!

hiking
9 days ago

This trail was AMAZING!! Pretty short and not too difficult. The views were outstanding, however we did this hike when we were there at the end of June and there were 100's of bees! Are the bees gone now? We are looking to do this hike again this fall! Thanks!

12 days ago

12 days ago

Beautiful view!

hiking
14 days ago

Good hike, views are good. Lots of places to climb out on rocks. Buzzards roost is worth checking out as well. Store with restrooms at trailhead.

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing view from the top

1 month ago

Okay. I would rate moderate, not difficult.

hiking
1 month ago

Honestly not as strenuous as everyone else made it seem. Beautiful hike, saw a deer less than 5ft away! Amazing views from the top although the gnats were extremely bad when I went, still 5/5.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail that allows for creativity and adventure off trail. Definitely worth the hike if in the area.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing 360 views at the top. Definitely worth the climb of what seems like thousands of stairs. I do suggest taking lots of water and snacks. The trail is well maintained but I wouldn't suggest it for all families unless you're OK with the possibility of carrying a very sleepy child. My boyfriend and I did opt to do the additional trail buzzards roost which wasn't nearly as exciting. Passed maybe 6 or so people but the trail wasn't crowded.

1 month ago

Great views at the top but really disappointed with all the trash on the trail. I picked up a hand full on the way down. It takes a pretty low and lazy person to just discard their belongings like that.

Also, don't let the hard rating fool ya, it's not that bad.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome views and nice hike up!!