Hiking Trails

Take a your best friend for a hike

With over 50 miles of the Appalachian Trail at your fingertips and 100 square miles of National Forest, finding a little quiet time to yourself is as easy and walking out your back door. Hike the ridge tops starting at Mountain Lake to War Spur Trail and Wind Rocks.

 

  • Cascades Recreation Area- closed until further notice. Due to the nature of the site, and ability of staff to service the facilities, this site will be closed.
  • Appalachian Trail– In these unprecedented times, I am making an unprecedented request: please stay away from the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Whether your hike is for a couple of hours or a couple of days, staying away from the Trail minimizes the spread or contraction of COVID-19.
Appalachian Trail in Giles County
EP-120629921Starting in the spring, many hikers pass through Pearisburg and the Town of Narrows on their journey for a little rest and for a re-supply on necessities. Both towns are now designated
Appalachian Trail Communities.

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Hostels & Hiking Shuttles

Woods Hole Hostel | 3696 Sugar Run Road Pearisburg, VA  24134 (540) 921-3444 woodsholehostel@gmail.com

Holy Family Church | 516 Mason Court Drive Pearisburg, VA  24134 (540) 921-3547

Don Raines | Pearisburg, VA  24134 (540) 921-7433 | Damascus to Troutville, including Roanoke, Blacksburg, and Christiansburg. Ratface20724@aol.com

War Spur & Wind Rock Trails – These trails are moderately easy trails through the Mountain Lake Wilderness as both trails lead to scenic overlooks with elevations from 3100- 3800 feet. Some of this trail follows the Appalachian Trail eastward. The Wind Rock Overlook offers sweeping views of Rocky Mountains (3300′), Fork Mountain (3645′) and Peter’s Mountain (4000′).

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Angels Rest Overlook – Hike the Appalachian Trail 1 1/2 miles up Pearis Mountain to a scenic overlook. The Difficulty rating of this hike is moderate but steep with elevations of 2000 ft. to 3550 ft. There of great views of the New River Valley and surrounding mountains.

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Kelly Knob Overlook – This is a 2 mile hike along the Appalachian Trail to Kelly Knob Overlook. Trail head also accesses Johns Creek Mountain Trail. The elevation is from 3300 to 3800 feet, with the difficulty rating considered to be moderate.

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Barney’s Wall – This scenic mountain view sets directly above the Cascades Water Fall. It is proceeded by a 3/4 mile hike down the mountain trail. Most of it is very moderate hiking. Due to low laying brush, it’s not recommended for horses, maybe a mountain bike. This is not a highly publicized trail or look out and there is minimal parking off of the main fire trail road.

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