Flat Top

Buchanan, Virginia 24066

Flat Top

Flat Top Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,667 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2-4 hours
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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Jul 2018