Flat Top Trail

Blue Ridge National Parkway, Virginia

Elevation Gain1,943ft
Trailhead Elevation2,511ft
Elevation Min/Max2510/3984ft
Elevation Start/End2511/2511ft

Flat Top Trail

Flat Top Trail is a hiking trail in Botetourt County and Bedford County, Virginia. It is within Jefferson National Forest, Blue Ridge National Parkway, and Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 2,511 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,943 feet. The trail ends near Flat Top Mountain (elevation 3,973 feet). There is also a viewpoint near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Fallingwater Cascades Trail.

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AMC's Best Day Hikes in The Shenandoah Valley (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Jennifer Adach and Michael R. Martin
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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." Read more

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Trail Information

Blue Ridge National Parkway
Nearby City
Jefferson National Forest
Skill Level
National Park Service, Peaks of Otter Recreation Area (nps.gov/blri; 828-271-4779)
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated: Lexington/Blue Ridge Mountains, George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, Map 789 (National Geographic)
Local Maps

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Dec 2018