Catawba

345 reviews
hiking
11 days ago

This is my favorite hike out of a handful I've done in SW VA so far! The first mile or so is easy trail, then it becomes more rocky. There are several sections where you have to scramble up and walk across parallel rocks/ledges. No real exposure or threat of falling, just a whole lot of fun! About .3 mile from the top, we decided to go in shifts because the dogs weren't very comfortable continuing (a good decision). There's a lot of extra scrambling and climbing to be had at the tooth/teeth themselves, but you'll be satisfied with the view even if you don't want to climb. The trail is well marked with white (when it's part of the AT) and blue blazes. There is an outhouse at the trailhead. No fees to park. Surprisingly uncrowded at 8:30am on a Saturday (home football game). My GPS had us at about 4.75 miles round trip.