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Sharp Top Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily 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 but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.6 mi Elevation gain 1,227 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Partially paved

Views

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

Scramble

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Reviews (713)
Photos (544)
Recordings (344)
Completed (1774)
Chris Mundy
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great trail. uphill all the way. Flies were terrible at the top but the views were awesome

Laura H.
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HikingRocky

Definitely a ‘hard’ trail. Lots of rocks and rock steps. Beautiful though...except when the clouds and fog moved in 15 min before I got to the top. Saw NOTHING except clouds, unfortunately. My son got up there ahead of me and took some beautiful pictures.

Hayley Adams
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HikingGreat!
Janis C.
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Hiking
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Nagendra Ravilla
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HikingRocky
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Jeff Manaois
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Hiking

Awesome hike... short and tough but great payoff at the top. Definitely want to go back to see a sunrise from here.

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Autumn Goebel
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Hiking

Hard but gosh a great view at the end!

Deanna Kubik
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Hiking

Great trail. You’re definitely climbing the whole way up, no real spot that levels off. But it isn’t so sharp an incline that the hike becomes difficult. The view at the top is lovely! Sadly, many people leave trash and so there was an abundance of flys/flying bugs at the top taking advantage of the litter.

DMH Kennedy
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Great hike as always. Took 4 kids, ages 12 down to 4. We went at the 4 year olds pace (the 10 year old ran back and forth and probably did double the miles we did) so a slower go up to the top for us but she did it by herself without being carried so we call that a win. We also did buzzards roost. 5 total miles according to the map and 3.5 hours which included a lengthy snack and lunch break. Active families will have no problem with this climb. We went early and on a Tuesday so only a handful of people on the trail.

Jared Goldman
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HikingRocky

If you’re in decent shape I’d say this is moderate to moderate hard. I get my 10,000 steps per day but otherwise don’t exercise and found this a good workout but didn’t ever feel the need to stop nor did I feel any real strain on my calves. I went on a partially cloudy day which was amazing. My friend and I were actually walking through the clouds. Unfortunately once we got to the very top a big, fat cloud was sitting right on us so we couldn’t see anything except it. We did get beautiful views once out of the cloud on the way down. The walk down is a bit tough on the knees.

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Patrick Divver
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Hiking

Well worth every step. Is extremely steep in places and lots of stairs. But in my opinion, it was between moderate and hard.

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John Mckee
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Hiking

If your reasonably fit then this is an easy hike. If you don’t like climbing steps then this is not for you. Great views at the top. Although the fire road is easier to get down it’s a longer route and generally not allowed. The route up is advertised as 1.4 miles but seems longer

kathy prater
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Hiking

4 stars ONLY because it gets way to crowded fast and the LITTER. OMG..its gotten horrible..bags, napkins, towels, beer cans, bottles, wrappers and the poor shelter. The hike is steep but I would not have classified it as hard if you hike up mountains in the area. What makes this great is it's short, the views, trail path is good, and yes your legs will get a workout. I am fluffy and find this one a great work out. It takes me any where from 2 hrs to 2.5 hours. another great part is go right to buzzards peak..awesome view or scale down the mountain to see the bomber crash from 1943. PS...its a good sunrise hike.

Katee Bartlett
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Three stars only because of the views at the top. When it says “hard” it means HARD. I’ve done hard trails before but definitely nothing like this. I literally wanted to die the entire way up and almost fell many many times on the way down. It’s incredibly steep in parts and very rocky. When you first start you might think “hey this isn’t so bad. What’s that chick talking about?” But the further you go the steeper it gets. Also, It felt significantly longer than 2.5 miles out, considering it took us almost 2.5 hours to finish the trail, and the signage posted by the park service says it’s at least 2.9 miles (they split the trail up). The summit is beautiful and almost makes it worth it but I would rather eat my own boot than climb this again.

Brooke Denham
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Rocky

This is not a trail for the faint of heart. The whole hike is basically uphill the entire time. The view at the top is beautiful and you can see 360 around the mountain. Just make sure you check the weather. I forgot to check if it was gonna rain and I ended up coming down the mountain in the middle of a thunderstorm.

Brian Carter
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Hiking

Steep and rocky. A lot of pain getting to the top, but worth the view.

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Tom Bertram
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Hiking

Great views

Julie Winskie
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Hiking

A must do in Roanoke Valley area. Very strenuous and hardest part is the constant incline. Several good places to regroup and set your own pace though. Trail well maintained and only 2-3 difficult/uneven rock steps. Very manageable with good shoes and a sturdy walking stick. 100% worth the views.

John Schanck
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One of the best hikes in Virginia. It is a strenuous hike but the views are worth the effort. My 13 and 9 year old completed the hike - the 9 year old did complain a little. The views from the top are amazing...highly recommended. Hiked this trail twice so far - if you've got visitors in town would recommend this trail or McAfee Knob.

Jack Ratcliffe
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Hiking

My Wife and I took this Hike in 6-6-20 , Saturday . We both in our 70's ! One tough Hike for old folks that have hiked all over, Don't Under Estimate this hike. One Tough Climb and I've hiked some great hikes on the AP Trail . Loved It and worth the View ! Wear some good hiking shoes and plenty of Water ! Trail was very crowded coming back down, we started at 7:15 AM .. Worth your time, Just get this one in when you're young.....

Caroline Scott
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This trail was so fun!! It is extremely steep all the way up, especially at the end. 10/10 worth the view.. absolutely beautiful

Mack Meller
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Hiking

Really fun hike. Very steep the whole way up but not to the point of being technical or requiring scrambles. Views at the top are awesome. Definitely pretty crowded though even at 5pm on a Tuesday afternoon.

Jane Ellis
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Loved it. Definitely challenging for me and my short-legged dog, but doable. Gorgeous 360-degree views. My dog had more trouble going down than up because it was a lot of jumping downhill for him. He’s a Welsh terrier

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it was to easy

Lindsey Conklin
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If you’re up for a steep, rocky challenge then this is the trail for you! The elevation gain is pretty consistent at the start (although less rocks than the top) and I took many pauses to catch my breath. I was very focused on the rocks for the majority of the hike but really liked that there were rock steps on the second portion of the hike - made it easier to wend my way up. The top feels like it’s “just around the bend” many times so it requires a bit of patience to make it but the views are worth it! I liked that the trail was so well maintained and fairly wide at the start. It does get narrower in the rocky crevices up top. This wouldn’t be a monthly hike for me but definitely a yearly challenge hike. I have a spry pointer/collie mix and she got up the rocks effortlessly. All total, it took us two hours. There were quite a few cars when we got there around 8am and we passed a few groups on the way down but it didn’t feel overcrowded.

Lauren Bridgman-Fralin
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It’s VERY steep and rocky but the payoff is amazing.

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Michele Shannon
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Hiking

Great trail! I cannot believe we’ve lived here 14 years and never been. There is practically a castle at the top! It was super foggy so we couldn’t see but it was totally worth it. HARD hike up because of steepness. Take lots of water. I see some reviews that said too Gard for dogs. Our Golden retriever did great. No pictures show the true beauty of this hike. We’re more sore than our 4 mile hike a few weeks ago. Cannot wait you go again. Took about 2.5-3 hours. We went to buzzard rock overlook first which was cool and then Sharp top. Lots of people of all ages and fitness. Plan for rest stops unless you’re crazy fit.

Lexi Swanson
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great views and fairly well maintained, but if the clouds are moving in, hedge your bets on buzzards roost instead. id say the views were even better there and it's a little bit shorter to get to (but on the same trailhead)

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