Mount Pleasant

Amherst, Virginia

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2 Reviews
4 out of 5
Mount Pleasant must rank as one of Virginia’s most aptly named peaks. Few hikes, if any, offer so much for so little work. For the price of a small elevation gain, hikers can climb two of the Blue Ridge’s highest peaks on a loop trail that is, for lack of a better phrase, quite pleasant. Steep, rocky climbs along the final miles to Mount Pleasant will appease the gung ho hiker. Otherwise, it’s easy hiking on wide paths and old roads through thick masses of rhododendron and mountain laurel; forests of oak, hickory, and beech; and small pockets of high-grass open forest.
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Hiking Virginia

by Bill and Mary Burnham (Falcon Guides)

Mount Pleasant must rank as one of Virginia’s most aptly named peaks. Few hikes, if any, offer so much for so little work. For the price of a small elevation gain, hikers can climb two of the Blue Ridge’s highest peaks on a loop trail that is, for lack of a better phrase, quite pleasant.

Steep, rocky climbs along the final miles to Mount Pleasant will appease the gung ho hiker. Otherwise, it’s easy hiking on wide paths and old roads through thick masses of rhododendron and mountain laurel; forests of oak, hickory, and beech; and small pockets of high-grass open forest.

© 2013 Bill and Mary Burnham/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Amherst
Distance: 4.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Hunting
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Glenwood-Pedlar Ranger District, Natural Bridge Station (540) 291-2188 www.fs.usda.gov/gwj
Local Maps: USGS Montebello, Forks of Buffalo
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Pleasant

Recent Trail Reviews

11/24/2006
0

The location and length of Mt. Pleasant make this a handy and convenient hike more than a stunning one. The views of the valley are impressive and the climb up is a gentle one. There are a couple of opportunities to take wrong turns, but there's only but so last one can get on this one. There was a group of Boy Scouts at the trailhead and a few other folks on the trail, but it's no Old Rag. I did this with my wife and puppy on the way from Roanoke to Richmond on Thanksgiving weekend. Both were troopers.


4/24/2006
2

Beautiful area to hike. Very few hikers in the area as well, which was kind of nice. I took the Henry Lanum Trail (loop). I did feel as though the trail was poorly marked. There were places where the trail would split, and you had to make a guess as to which direction to go in. I ended up re-tracing my steps a couple of times. Over all, it was very nice. I would consider the trail moderate in difficulty. The views from the summit were absolutely amazing. I plan on doing this one again.



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