Flat Top

Buchanan, Virginia

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Catch nice views from a peak less traveled—and taller—than its cousin, Sharp Top. The hike to Flat Top’s summit is a pure and demanding climb—1,600 feet over 1.8 miles. While the view isn’t quite as grand as the one you’ll see from neighboring Sharp Top, you’re more likely to have this trail to yourself. Starting from the trailhead parking lot, look to the right. The trail, which is not blazed but is never difficult to follow, heads to the right out of the parking lot, following a flat grade. It soon veers to the left and gets to business, following the mountain to its summit. Though blissfully short, the next part of the trail is a relentless climb.
AMC's Best Day Hikes in The Shenandoah Valley

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AMC's Best Day Hikes in The Shenandoah Valley

by Jennifer Adach and Michael R. Martin (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Catch nice views from a peak less traveled—and taller—than its
cousin, Sharp Top. The hike to Flat Top’s summit is a pure and demanding climb—1,600 feet over 1.8 miles. While the view isn’t quite as grand as the one you’ll see from neighboring Sharp Top, you’re more likely to have this trail to yourself.

Starting from the trailhead parking lot, look to the right. The trail, which is not blazed but is never difficult to follow, heads to the right out of the parking lot, following a flat grade. It soon veers to the left and gets to business, following the mountain to its summit. Though blissfully short, the next part of the trail is a relentless climb.

© 2015 Jennifer Adach and Michael R. Martin/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Buchanan
Distance: 3.7
Elevation Gain: 1,667 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-4 hours
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: National Park Service, Peaks of Otter Recreation Area (nps.gov/blri; 828-271-4779)
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated: Lexington/Blue Ridge Mountains, George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, Map 789 (National Geographic)
Driving Directions: Directions to Flat Top

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