Dragon's Tooth Trail

Jefferson National Forest, Virginia

Elevation Gain1,040ft
Trailhead Elevation1,762ft
Elevation Min/Max1757/2511ft
Elevation Start/End1762/1762ft

Dragon's Tooth Trail

Dragon's Tooth Trail is a hiking trail in Roanoke County, Virginia. It is within Jefferson National Forest. It is 2 miles long and begins at 1,762 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,040 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.

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"A rock scramble leads you to one of the more striking rock formations you’ll see—jagged rocks that tower over the valley and provide good views from the base or the top. Dragon’s Tooth makes up the final third of Virginia’s Triple Crown (Tinker Cliffs [Trip 46] and MacAfee Knob [Trip 47] are the other two), and it is an adventure to get there.

An easy walk through the woods yields to rock scrambling as you make your way up Cove Mountain; Dragon’s Tooth, however, offers the route’s most impressive sights. From the parking area, head toward the information kiosk and start to follow blue-blazed Dragon’s Tooth Trail. It’s a relatively flat walk for the start of the hike."

"This deservedly popular circuit hike travels up Cove Mountain to a vertical stone slab providing 360-degree panoramas. Along the way, you will ascend a small stream valley then meet the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). From there, the A.T. traverses boulder fields and upturned rock slabs that require some scrambling."

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Trail Information

Jefferson National Forest
Nearby City
Jefferson National Forest
Skill Level
George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, Eastern Divide Ranger District: 540-552-4641, www.fs.usda.gov/gwj
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated #787 Blacksburg/New River Valley; Appalachian Trail Conservancy Central VA Maps 3 and 4; USGS Glenvar
Local Maps

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Nov 2018