Appalachian Trail VA - Damascus to Marion Segment 1

Damascus, Virginia 24236

Appalachian Trail VA - Damascus to Marion Segment 1

Appalachian Trail (VA) - Damascus to Marion (Segment 1) Professional Review and Guide

"It takes a northbound thru-hiker about six weeks to reach Virginia on the Appalachian Trail. Once here, there are another six weeks of difficult and rewarding trail ahead before the hiker exits Virginia at Harpers Ferry. The Old Dominion holds nearly a quarter of the AT’s 2,173 miles—more miles than any other state along the trail.

A half-million day hikers hit Virginia’s portion of the AT each year. Most follow the south–north direction we’ve chosen to feature. Since hiking the entire length of the trail is a luxury most of us cannot afford, we’ve included a list of suggested day hikes or short overnight trips that capture Virginia’s greatest natural highlights. And so, whether you choose one long trip, or small bite sizes, plan on a showcase of some of the East’s most beautiful mountain scenery."

Appalachian Trail (VA) - Damascus to Marion (Segment 1) Reviews

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Wild horses (& a couple nasty ones). Beautiful hike. Camp at The Scales. Love SW Virginia. Gods country.
This was my first A.T. section hike and i am glad i picked this section. Drove six hours and it was worth it. Many steep climbs and descends, do not recommend unless prepared for a challenge. Many good areas to camp if cannot make the shelters. Camping at hurricane camp is a must, great scenery and the host was very helpful. Trail guide suggest a 7 day period. Can be down in five, but any sooner could be a struggle. Do NOT pack more than 25 pounds if possible.
This is a very scenic trail. I recommend it to anyone. Enjoy!
Great intro to the AT. We walked southbound. Started with a Hydrangea forest, hardwoods to softwoods to bare knobs. Wild horses. beautiful views. Would highly recommend this section through the Jefferson Wilderness, Grayson Highlands and Rogers Mt State Park.
Great Hike. Did this trail with a couple of 30+ year old guys and a grandpaw (70). Tough hike for the old timer but he managed. Diverse terrain. The Mount Rogers highland area was spectacular with wide open meadows, wild ponies and great views. Worth the struggle of Mount Rogers itself.
this was my first true wilderness backpack trip. It was great. The panoramic views from the side of MT Rogers was phenomenal. Trail was marked very well. Grayson highlands and the wild ponies were too cool. They came right into our campsite at the base of stone mountain and we were even able to pet them which was very neat considering the lonliness of the trail. not an easy trip, and I am boxer and my brother competes in MMA and it challenged both of us so make sure to go light and wear good boots. Great trail.
We hiked from Bear Tree Gap to the top of Mount Rogers. The views from the balds are incredible especially on Buzzard Rock near Whitetop Mountain at dusk. This hike has it all including changing terrain and especially folliage. I have never seen changes in vegatation in 25 miles. What a hike.

Appalachian Trail (VA) - Damascus to Marion (Segment 1) Photos

Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Appalachian Trail Conference, Harpers Ferry, WV, (304) 535-6331, Piedmont Appalachian Trail Hikers, Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club, Abingdon,
Local Contacts
ATC map #1: Mount Rogers National Recreation Area
Local Maps

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Jul 2018