Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Buchanan with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

mountain biking
1 month ago

I’m completely new to mountain biking. Since we were camping 10 minutes away from here, and this was only going to be my second run, I figured I’d give it a shot. Kind of boring, definitely more for hiking. When I asked the people at the pay station about the trails and MTB’ing....even they seemed to think this location was definitely not meant for mountain biking.

Beautiful hike with some great views. My husband and I had a picnic on the rocks at the top.

This is my first "Hard" rated hike and this trail does not disappoint. We went before the tree canopy was in and the views all the way up were great. If you are in superb shape you might rate this as moderate. But, my 59 year old bones agree with the rating.

We hiked from parking lot off the Parkway to picnic area and back. It took a little over 5 hours. Good workout!

Beautiful View. I didn't do the trail because it was 19 degrees and super windy. But I was able to make it to the view point which was excellent and right off the park area. Ill be back for a hike.

starts off pretty easy and can get steep in some parts. not a whole lot for views, but it is secluded and we ran into some bears. towards the end, there is some forestry going on and multiple trails and it starts to get confusing. you will not find the mine on this trail.

I saw no creek on the trail, but there was plenty of water all around. It was a nice walk in the woods....

11 months ago

Great hike, not too busy, when you get to the top there's a fork with no sign, if you go to the right there's one small outcrop of rocks with a beautiful view & if you keep going on that trail back down you end up at the Peaks of Otter Lodge. If you go to the left at that fork you come to at the top there's a nice flat rock outcrop with a beautiful view that's better for relaxing/snacking! Rocks are slippery when wet!

11 months ago

Great hike, beautiful views and well maintained. Just be careful going down - the trail is mostly loose gravel so it's kinda like hiking on ball bearings

11 months ago

Great hike, pictures on Instagram:w.a.b.flicks

I did not hike this entire trail. I just went to the overlook, and I was shocked more people weren't there. Just 0.1 miles off the road, it was a gorgeous view. The weather on the top of the mountain was cool and windy, which was perfect for setting up a hammock on a summer's day.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

This trail is really not that difficult. Neighboring Sharp Top trail is more strenuous.

My previous review was for the short Thunder Ridge Overlook Loop before AllTrails merged it with this small section of the AT. I made it back today with my family so they could enjoy the wonderful view from the picturesque stone lookout on a beautiful summer day. I will be back to hike the Apple Orchard Mountain area and hopefully can included a longer portion of this scenic stretch.

beautiful hike all the way through!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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.

Monday, June 19, 2017

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.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

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

Saturday, May 20, 2017

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.

Very private and the creek access is great

Sunday, March 12, 2017

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

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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.

Monday, November 28, 2016

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
Monday, November 14, 2016

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

mountain biking
Monday, November 14, 2016

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

Saturday, August 20, 2016

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

Monday, May 30, 2016

Loved it. Not too steep, perfect with pup and baby in a carrier. largely shaded, cool in the morning.

Saturday, May 28, 2016


Friday, May 06, 2016

I really enjoyed the hike to the top but unfortunately due to the weather it was too foggy to see the views at the top! Definitely plan to go back on a sunny day to get the full effect!

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