Mount Pleasant

Buena Vista, Virginia 24416

Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant Professional Guide

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"Treasure the expansive view of the Blue Ridge Mountains from
Mount Pleasant’s westward vista."

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Hiking Virginia - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides)
Bill and Mary Burnham
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"Mount Pleasant must rank as one of Virginia’s most aptly named peaks. Few hikes, if any, offer so much for so little work. For the price of a small elevation gain, hikers can climb two of the Blue Ridge’s highest peaks on a loop trail that is, for lack of a better phrase, quite pleasant. Steep, rocky climbs along the final miles to Mount Pleasant will appease the gung ho hiker. Otherwise, it’s easy hiking on wide paths and old roads through thick masses of rhododendron and mountain laurel; forests of oak, hickory, and beech; and small pockets of high-grass open forest."

Mount Pleasant Trip Reports

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The location and length of Mt. Pleasant make this a handy and convenient hike more than a stunning one. The views of the valley are impressive and the climb up is a gentle one. There are a couple of opportunities to take wrong turns, but there's only but so last one can get on this one. There was a group of Boy Scouts at the trailhead and a few other folks on the trail, but it's no Old Rag.

I did this with my wife and puppy on the way from Roanoke to Richmond on Thanksgiving weekend. Both were troopers.
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Beautiful area to hike. Very few hikers in the area as well, which was kind of nice. I took the Henry Lanum Trail (loop). I did feel as though the trail was poorly marked. There were places where the trail would split, and you had to make a guess as to which direction to go in. I ended up re-tracing my steps a couple of times. Over all, it was very nice. I would consider the trail moderate in difficulty. The views from the summit were absolutely amazing. I plan on doing this one again.

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Trail Information

Buena Vista
Nearby City
1,781 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3-5 hours
Hunting, Camping
Additional Use
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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