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Buchanan, Virginia Map
3 days ago

I've done this hike about four times now and the view is always incredible. The hike can get pretty tiresome since most of it is uphill, but the view is worth it. I'd say it takes about 2-4 hours. When you get to the top you do have to climb some rocks for a good view.

Ended up just doing Wilson mountain trail due to an unexpected late start and thunder storm. Very secluded and beautiful! Can't wait to go back and do the whole loop. And be careful-it was tick city! Had a few try to latch on

Couldn't find the trail! Directions sent me to a dead end road at one point. There was an old road that looked like it could have led to it, but was afraid to park anywhere as its a residential area. Ended up hopping back on the highway and going to Wilson mountain trail.

Good view at the top. The trail was a little over grown.

Great hike. Not as many people on trail. Limited view at the summit. But there are a couple of rocks at the summit to climb on for a view.

Warning: this easily turns into 11 miles if you do the Sprouts Run and Wilson Mountain loop

Very private and the creek access is great

Still one of my favorite hikes! Great views with moderate traffic.

4 months ago

If you do the get directions option, it takes you to Peaks of Otter lodge, which is not the exact start of the trail, but it's close. I uploaded a picture to help.

The trail is easy to follow and not marked until you reach the summit. We went in mid February so there were no leaves, but the views were good, and the trail was not hard. No crazy incline, about 1.8-2.0 miles to the summit. There were some good places to have fun and climb rocks.

It is basically just a loop from one end of the parking area to the other (milepost 74.7). But the view from the pretty stone lookout deserves four stars. Be sure to look north for the huge boulder field at Devil's Marbleyard (a future destination for me). The Appalachian Trail passes through here, and affords the opportunity for some great hiking...maybe a trek south to Apple Orchard Mountain (the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia).

mountain biking
7 months ago

It was a nice ride, but too early in the morning.

mountain biking
7 months ago

Nice ride. We camped here and got an early start.

Trail from Otters of Peak lodge was hard, mostly vertical elevation, but worth the view at the summit.

great hike. beautiful. losts of water and a pretty waterfall at the end. gotta climb up rocks by stream to see full waterfall

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Did not use listed trail. off parkway there is a pull off with signs for trail it connects to listed trail great view at top well worth the hike