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rocky
5 days ago

There are signs through the neighborhood to direct you to the parking area which is on a one lane rough road. The trail is a road most of the way and is marked with blue blazes on the trees. It starts easy then gets very steep. At the top you can continue on the ridgeline with a bit of a rock scramble. I deemed it a little too sketchy to continue with my dog. Views are well worth it! No real waterfalls, but the tributary drops are pretty. There are active hunters in the area so wear your orange!

The highlight of the trail is the beautiful 360 degree view from the top of Three Top Mountain, known as Huckleberry Rock. On a clear day, one can see the Iron Mountains in Virginia, most of the high peaks in Ashe County and the North Carolina High Country, as well as the outlines of far away ranges such as the Roan Highlands. The trail itself is strenuous but not crazy, as it follows an old logging road for the first 1.5 miles or so before turning into a path. Many websites note the difficulty in finding the trail head, but I had no issue as there were signs (may be new) pointing to Three Top Gameland and Trails on every turn/intersection after the turn onto Hidden Valley Road. The trail is on an active gameland, so it is good habit to wear orange. Also, as of right now, North Carolina prohibits hunting on public gamelands on Sundays.

Good trail, pretty steep but rewarding. The clouds rolled in as I got to the top so It was just me, the pup, and a small top. The wind was cool. Puppy loved it. The GPS coordinates take you to a turn in the road. Straight is a private road, left .4 miles is the trail head. Drive slowly. The locals maintain their own roads..

Good climb and amazing views! There is also a very rough trail across the saddle to the other summit if you want to add another mile to your hike. Once you find the trail it’s not to hard to hard to follow. Trail starts about 100ft back down the main trail from the main summit.

Started out as a trail run, became a shuffle, then a walk. It was a great trail though.

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rocky
2 months ago

I gave this four stars because the views from the top are well worth the climb. Here are my thoughts. 1. there is a vehicle turnaround and small amount of parking at the actual trialhead. Note this is a half mile up the gravel road from the actual coordinates "green dot" AllTrails directions provides. A brown metal pole is the start of the trial. I uploaded pics of these. 2. The first first section of the trail is flat and smooth. The trail then turns uphill and is basically a wet weather streambed. There is significant erosion in places and long term some work will need to be done to maintain this excellent hike. Much of the trail (up to 1/4 mile from the top) appears to be an old roadbed. 3. Its a good workout and the views at the top are fantastic. Nearly 360 degree views of the highlands from Mount Rogers in Va to Mount Mitchell in NC

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bugs
over grown
2 months ago

Parking: I agree with everyone who says you need an SUV of some type to get to the actual TH. Doesn’t need to be 4wd though. Clearance is the key. But the trail as mapped in this app starts from the location where you can park your vehicle and walk up the road to the TH and then to the trail. So the mileage listed is accurate. There is only room for maybe two cars, but this doesn’t seem to be a popular hike, so likely not an issue. This is rated hard because the 2nd mile is a bit unforgiving. But I don’t think it is as crazy as some others have described. I’d say if you are in reasonable shape, you’ll be fine. The summit is amazing with great views and some rock scrambles should you like to push yourself beyond the shown trail at the summit. I was there Labor Day weekend and didn’t see another sole, so you should have the summit to yourself.

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rocky
2 months ago

The hike up is strenuous but SO worth it at the top. 360 degree views for miles! At first you’re like “huh, this isn’t so bad...” but then the climbing begins

The other reviews were spot on! Challenging drive up and a few steep sections, but amazing, panoramic views. 360 degrees of beautiful! My wife, two kids (ages 7 & 10) and our dog had a wonderful time. It took us 3 hours out and back with a nice break at the top to take it all in. Highly recommend it!

Most of this hike to the top is uphill and a decent grade. It is definitely strenuous. Most of it is shaded. Took me and my dog about an hour to get to the top. But the view was amazing and beautiful. Well worth it. The trail was well marked. I was glad I had my hiking shoes on as the trail has a lot of Riverstone and some was wet. Only saw 2 other sets of people on a Friday.

Strenuous hike but in a good way. Amazing views at the top. Not much to see until the top but you do cross a few mini waterfalls which was fun. We took our 3 boys (9, 6, 3) and they did it just fine, although the 3 year old only made it 1.25 miles on his own. Last 0.35 miles involved a lot of pushing through overgrowth. Not true bushwhacking but close. Road up to trailhead is rough but passable with an SUV (we don’t have 4WD), but slow going given how windy it is. We were alone on the trail on a Friday morning. Would definitely do it again.

tough trail with lose rocks and downed limbs, but the core at the to is special

Great secluded hike and awesome view. Very hard

Do not do this hike without a vehicle SUV sized or larger. The road leading up to the trailhead is about a mile up a very steed and poorly marked gravel road. If it is wet or has recently rained it may be impossible to reach the trailhead.

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muddy
5 months ago

We got all the way to the trail head in an Accord but it was definitely a little spooky. Could have been impossible had it been muddy but it hadn't rained in a week. There are maybe some spots you could park on the side of the road if you can't get to the lot but definitely nothing marked. Really lovely hike! We were nervous about going out there since we've been a bit out of practice but going up was really alright with a couple of breaks to catch my breath before I remembered to slow down my pace. Was glad to have grabbed a stick on my way in, caught myself with it once on the way up and it definitely helped balance me out on the way back down. The way up was pretty nice but nothing amazing, and the top was really, really gorgeous. A bunch of butterflies were out and hanging with us while we ate lunch.

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5 months ago

the view is worth it!!! Gravel and muddy road so don't take a small car.

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muddy
8 months ago

Amazing view from the top! My husband and I found the way to the top challenging and the way down relatively easy. It took us ~ 2.5 hrs to hike up and back. The trail is doable for dogs. We took our 15-week old Corgi with us. Trail is not well marked. Keep in mind it is a game land, dress colorfully.

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rocky
8 months ago

Back again on a beautiful late February day. We always enjoy this hike with the views of the surrounding country side and the long range views to Grandfather Mountain, Mount Rogers and Whitetop. Parts of the trail was pretty wet due to all the rain we've had lately but its worth it. Next time we'll try a side hike over to Big Rock.

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rocky
9 months ago

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11 months ago

I'm a local to this area and I have never climbed this mountain until today. My first hard climb.... All I can say is "Simply amazing" like being on top of the world. I wanted to take pictures with snow on and I wasn't disappointed. Road to trail head was clear. The climb to the top wasn't that bad. Steep, but not a bad hike. The trip back down killed me. Awesome hike. Can't wait to go back in the fall and get the fall colors. AllTrails quit on me from the get go but not to many ways to get lost on this trail. Just keep going up....

11 months ago

1 tree down before parking area. In general the trail was easy to find but overgrown. 360 degree views from the top were wonderful.

The view from the top in late afternoon is well worth the strenuous hike

We were rewarded for the struggles of finding a parking lot with a winter wonderland of ice and snow. Spectacular 360 degree view if ice topped peaks and green valleys. Overall, moderate hike with wonderful view.

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Tue Oct 23 2018

If you have 4wd, you can make it to what could be deemed a parking area... I just parked off the roadway and walked an extra half mile or so to the trailhead. As others have stated, the trail is not well marked, but you will occasionally see blue spray paint on some trees. My dogs & I were the only ones on the mountain today, which made the rewarding views at the top even better.

Worth all the trouble to find trail head. Trail nothing particularly of note except steep, rutted, loose rocks, slick roots and thick growth. However, the rocky top makes it well worth the effort with huge 360 views and excellent lunch spot. Tougher going down and recommend a stick for balance.

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Sat Sep 29 2018

Going Nowherefast's review is pretty spot on! As of 9/29/18, the trees have been cleared and you can drive all the way to trail head. Don't be fooled, this is a tough hike, it's relentless all the way to the top. But well worth it! Wear good boots.

We drove up and there were trees across the road, so we had to walk the last 1/2 mile to the parking area. Some corrections to the description. From the parking area to the summit is 2 miles exactly. I measured it with a Garmin Hikers MAP75 GPS, and using MAPMYRUN on my Iphone. They both show the same distance, going up, and then again coming down. The "Trail" is a no longer used road. You can't not follow it. The steepest section is hard, very steep, and very washed from rains. I went just after Florewnce, but they really didn't get that much rain.There are 2, maybe 3 waterfalls that are quite nice. Good looking water if you are prepared for drinking that. I brought my 5 month old shepherd, he had a ball !! Though he is still skittish of everything black. The view from the top was about 5ft in front of my face.... due to the fog. Not the best day to climb a open top mountain, but it was still fun. It took this old man an hour and 10minutes to get to the top, and 50minutes to get back down. It is much harder on the knees coming down, and the rocks tend to move when you step on them going down, not up. Its a great workout, I'll be back when I'm a little younger ! Video of the hike https://www.youtube.com/ricks41at

This trail was steep and a bit overgrown in places near the top but the 360 degree views at the summit were incredible. The trail was a bit difficult to find but the directions here are correct. It would be okay for leashed dogs that are in good physical condition due to the steep ascent. All in all it was a quiet, beautiful, and difficult hike.

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