Appalachian Trail VA - Roanoke to Rockfish Gap Segment 3

Roanoke, Virginia

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The Appalachian Trail once ran the crest of the Blue Ridge from Roanoke north to Rockfish Gap, until construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway pushed sections onto outlying peaks. That’s good news for hikers who like climbing. From heights of 4,000 feet atop The Priest and Cold Mountain, the trail descends to an elevation of 659 feet at the James River. The Blue Ridge, Virginia’s oldest mountains, show weathered knobs of resistant bedrock at Humpback Rocks, Spy Rock, and Fullers Rocks. Views from each seem better than the last.
Hiking Virginia

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Hiking Virginia

by Bill and Mary Burnham (Falcon Guides)

The Appalachian Trail once ran the crest of the Blue Ridge from Roanoke north to Rockfish Gap, until construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway pushed sections onto outlying peaks. That’s good news for hikers who like climbing.

From heights of 4,000 feet atop The Priest and Cold Mountain, the trail descends to an elevation of 659 feet at the James River. The Blue Ridge, Virginia’s oldest mountains, show weathered knobs of resistant bedrock at Humpback Rocks, Spy Rock, and Fullers Rocks. Views from each seem better than the last.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Roanoke
Distance: 133.4
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Skill Level: Difficult
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Appalachian Trail Conference, Harpers Ferry, WV, (304) 535-6331, www.appalachiantrail.org Old Dominion ATC, www.odatc.org Tidewater ATC, www.tidewateratc.com Natural Bridge ATC, www.nbatc.org Shenandoah National Park, Luray, (540) 999- 3500, www.nps.gov/shen George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, www.southern region.fs.fed.us/gwj
Local Maps: ATC #4: Glenwood Ranger District/Newcastle Ranger District; ATC #5: Pedlar Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Appalachian Trail (VA) - Roanoke to Rockfish Gap (Segment 3)

Recent Trail Reviews

5/19/2008
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Crabtree Falls from Hwy 56 was our hike. We hiked all the way up and back (about 6 miles RT). The falls cascaded all the way along this hike, and while you have to walk away from the falls to follow the switch back trails, there are plenty of varying and beautiful views of the cascades. It was a beautiful day and we loved it. I would call it moderately difficult because some of the paths were rocky (hiking boots!) and the elevation was a little steep. I would recommend this for an invigorating hike that is not too physically demanding.


6/15/2006
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Great Challenge!! I love getting on the trail, eventually I'll have the whole thing done.


3/16/2005
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The best section of the A.T. in Va. Probably the most isolated section of the trail and least used by day hikers and scouts. The Priest and Three Ridges are strenuous climbs/descents. Tar Jacket Ridge has some great views!


12/9/2001
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I have section hiked from Rockfish Gap to Spy Rock. The trail can be difficult (The Priest), but the reward is well worth the effort. Many spectacular views. At times, it can be crowded (I have met as many as 70 people on the trail in one day).



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