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22 hours ago

What was one of the best and only public places to get outside, enjoy nature, and get some exercise in the area has become a limited experience. You can’t bring dogs and the beautiful viewpoint is closed. Why? I’ve spent my entire life respectfully enjoying this place and even bringing new people to it, always educating them on its history. I’m so sad I can no longer complete a real hike with my dog.

Very short and suburban. It is mostly unpaved and, after bad weather, a lot of areas that are very muddy. The dog appreciated it and it's pretty and close to home.

Loved this trail! Definitely steep and strenuous but you can cut off some time by going straight up and crossing the switchback sections. Views at the top were amazing, and it whatever plants are at the top were pretty cool because they were leafy and green even in the beginning of January!

walking
1 day ago

We came back again :) my labrador loved this place so much!

mountain biking
1 day ago

nice system stays wet alot

mountain biking
1 day ago

a lot of bridges are out due to recent flooding, stay wet a lot but they do have a washing station for your convenience. nice trail system

mountain biking
1 day ago

nice climbs and nice down hills

mountain biking
1 day ago

about all the bridges are out due to flood early this year may be a while for they get it all back together

I love this park and this walk. It’s the perfect length and it’s a lovely view.

Wonderful trail for a nice long walk.

This is a beautiful, easy trail. It’s one of my favorite places in the region.

Went while they had the Christmas light displays up. It was nice. Very easy walk.

hiking
2 days ago

Great trail! It was cool and quiet, ever saw another person while exploring with my girlfriend and our pup! The trail is certainly moderate so wear your hiking boots and bring water. Be aware of $4 parking as well. The scenic overlooks of the marsh are really nice and well maintained, however be aware that the last and longest overlook walkway is currently breaking down and could become a problem for a hiker if not cautious. Highly recommend this hike and will be back myself

The road to the actual trail goes through an area with a ton of feral cats, it is also behind a Walmart, and just past a animal shelter. So if it looks sketchy your on the right place. the actual trail isn't bad, but the litter from the garbage dump kind of puts a damper on it. It's a popular trail for the locals though. It would be great if the local shelter add it is so close had a dog walking program, or a sign that you could pay to rent a dog for a walk, would have loved that.

This was a lovely walk in the woods. The surrounding hills and creek was very pretty. We discovered this trail after the government shutdown closed all the trails on Skyline Dr. Was hoping for longer and more challenging trails but this trail will do in a pinch. If I lived locally I’d be happy to do this trail often..

This is an interesting trail with impressive views at the top. Camping is not allowed once you reach a certain elevation (closer to the top, and signs will be posted.) When you reach the trailhead, taking a left will put you through the most difficult half of the trail. The second half is much easier. It was a very beautiful place at the top of the mountain to see the watch the sunset and sunrise.

Love this trail. Terrain changes in a really flat area and beautifully maintained trail. Dog friendly (as is the Trail Lodge.

nature trips
2 days ago

This trail is very close to our farm in southern WV. It is kid friendly, and my boys enjoy it every time we visit. It’s perfect for a quick break to reconnect with nature and get moving.

hiking
2 days ago

Super easy but you NEED bug spray. The mosquitoes will eat you alive in 3 seconds flat no exaggeration on that one!

A little late but we went June 2017.A great hike and really refreshing after getting to the channels on a hot day.

well marked and nicely laid out trails.

Nice place for dog walk

Historic site; excellent park rangers eager to provide battle details and interesting stories.

hiking
3 days ago

Lovely hike! I found it to be a bit easier than Flat Top, next door. Trail is in good condition (for now; snow storms this weekend will change that), despite the lapse in appropriations due to the government shutdown. I did, however, pick up a lot of litter. Please remember that even biodegradable items like citrus peels are trash on the trail. Check it out: https://lnt.org/about/faq/can-i-leave-biodegradable-waste-eg-apple-core-or-banana-peel-woods-long-i-hide-or-burry-it. If you have the energy, consider bringing a trash bag to pack out trash during the shutdown to minimize our impact on these great resources. Bathrooms are closed now, but the Blue Ridge Parkway approaching Peaks of Otter from the South is still open. The parkway is closed just North of this area. Be sure to check out Buzzard Roost while you're there; just a quick jaunt to your right once you reach the ridge (you might see this rock outcropping to your right on your ascent and think it's Sharp Top). Sharp Top itself has many "false summits," as you approach, but you'll know you're there when you see the building/signs. Excellent, unobstructed views. Highly recommended!

Stats (all including Buzzard Roost)
3.30 miles RT
1438 ft. elevation gain
1:30 hours RT

Well maintained, clearly marked and lovely scenery. Plan on returning.

A basic understanding is "take out more than you came with." Always carry a bag. Pick up lesser idiots trash.

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike on a sunny winter’s day. With the leaves gone, you are able to see more views. It’s rocky, but not super difficult to maneuver. 1.8 mile and back-took is about 1 hr 45 min with slight break at the Knob

Just hiked from Wintergreen Dr via AT to humpback rocks,(had rocks all to myself, thanks to gov shutdown) camped overnight off AT trail on east facing side. Rare warm temp. day/night in Jan....
Moderate to Hard trail, but worth the effort. Had about 20lbs of camping gear and water. Take water!!!

Awesome! Hiked this trail on a beautiful January morning. Started at about 7:15am on a weekday and had the entire trail to myself. Made it up and back in about 90 min. I am a young, fit, fairly experienced hiker, but this trail is definitely doable for people of different skill levels. In general I would allow 2-3 hours. Garmin tracked 3.65 miles.

Trail was rocky, but nothing crazy. Hiking poles helped me feel secure on slippery sections and rocky downhill sections. Steepest parts were at the beginning, otherwise fairly gradual. Initial section of trail along the east side of the mountain was very slick due to rain the previous night, even some small icy spots as well. As long as you are careful of your footing you should have no issues.

Absolutely gorgeous, expansive views at the top! Awesome reward for a fairly short hike. Was also pleasantly surprised at the amount of views to the east while along the first mile of trail (bare trees help). Would do this trail again!

Awesome hike. Amazing views.
Just a couple of little places on the trail that need to be marked a little better.
The drive to the trail is almost as fun as the hike itself...

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