Feathercamp Ridge

Damascus, Virginia

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If Mount Rogers’s summit is the heart, Iron Mountain is the backbone of southwest Virginia’s mountain playground. Its breadth, 80 miles from the Tennessee-Virginia state line to the New River, makes it one of Virginia’s longest ridges. The natural resources it holds made it a target of mineral and timber industries in earlier times. Now it simply offers miles of uninterrupted hiking and access to remote, less-visited parts of Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. On Feathercamp Branch, the scenery rivals any along Virginia’s many mountain streams. As it ducks under thick rhododendron, it gathers speed between the steep shoulders of Iron Mountain and drops into shallow pools deep enough to wade.
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by Bill and Mary Burnham (Falcon Guides)

If Mount Rogers’s summit is the heart, Iron Mountain is the backbone of southwest Virginia’s mountain playground. Its breadth, 80 miles from the Tennessee-Virginia state line to the New River, makes it one of Virginia’s longest ridges. The natural resources it holds made it a target of mineral and timber industries in earlier times.

Now it simply offers miles of uninterrupted hiking and access to remote, less-visited parts of Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. On Feathercamp Branch, the scenery rivals any along Virginia’s many mountain streams. As it ducks under thick rhododendron, it gathers speed between the steep shoulders of Iron Mountain and drops into shallow pools deep enough to wade.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Damascus
Distance: 8.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Year round; hunting season busiest between November and January
Additional Use: Hunting
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Marion (276) 783-5196 or (800) 628-7202 www.fs.usda.gov/gwj. The visitor center is 10 miles north of Troutdale on VA 16.
Local Maps: USGS Konnarock; Mount Rogers High Country & Wilderness map available at Mount Rogers Visitor Center; Appalachian Trail Map 1: Mount Rogers National Recreation Area available from Appalachian Trail Conference, Harpers Ferry, WV
Driving Directions: Directions to Feathercamp Ridge

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