Hightop Mountain Lariat

Elkton, Virginia

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This is a moderately easy climb to the summit of the highest point in the park’s South District. It includes magnificent westerly views. Hightop Mountain is the highest peak in the park’s South District. It is possible that John Lederer, the noted German explorer, reached the area in 1669.The hike begins at the Smith Roach Gap parking lot (2,620 feet). Because the trail ascends so gradually, the entire trip should take about three hours. The lot can accommodate only a small number of vehicles, so if it is full (unlikely), choose an alternative hike. Begin your hike at the fire road and follow it for about 10 yards, at which point it intersects the Appalachian Trail.
Hiking Shenandoah National Park

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Hiking Shenandoah National Park

by Bert & Jane Gildart (Falcon Guides)

This is a moderately easy climb to the summit of the highest point in the park’s South District. It includes magnificent westerly views. Hightop Mountain is the highest peak in the park’s South District. It is possible that John Lederer, the noted German explorer, reached the area in 1669.The hike begins at the Smith Roach Gap parking lot (2,620 feet).

Because the trail ascends so gradually, the entire trip should take about three hours. The lot can accommodate only a small number of vehicles, so if it is full (unlikely), choose an alternative hike. Begin your hike at the fire road and follow it for about 10 yards, at which point it intersects the Appalachian Trail.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Elkton
Distance: 3.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Season: Spring to Fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Shenandoah National Park
Local Maps: National Geographic Trails Illustrated Topographic Map 228; Map 11, Appalachian Trail and Other Trails in Shenandoah National Park, South District
Driving Directions: Directions to Hightop Mountain Lariat

Recent Trail Reviews

10/7/2007
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Not as spectacular as I had hoped. The guide over-states the top on this one. We did only the the mile listed in the guide, but you could make it longer if you wanted, which I would have liked to do but we didn't have the time. Not the best trail in the park...



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