Cold Mountain

Buena Vista, Virginia 24416

Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Cold Mountain’s alpine meadows and balds are not especially large, but they are an interesting change of pace from the Mid-Atlantic’s more expected ridgelines and forests.

As you wander across the bald fields of Cold Mountain (4,020 feet), sometimes also referred to as Cole Mountain, you might imagine yourself strolling through the alpine meadows of New Hampshire, Colorado, Alaska, or Switzerland. Take special care to stay on the path in these areas; alpine vegetation is particularly fragile. The climb to these meadows is not especially steep, but the views at the top are well worth the easy grade, and the unusual ecosystem at the top makes for a singular Mid-Atlantic hike."

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Trail Information

Buena Vista
Nearby City
1,586 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
5-6 hours
George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, Glenwood & Pedlar Ranger Districts (; 540-291-2188)
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated: Lexington/Blue Ridge Mountains, George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, Map 789 (National Geographic).
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Dec 2018