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 Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"As an introduction to Virginia, it’s hard to top Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. The Appalachian Trail passes near the tallest mountains in the state. Close to the summit of Mount Rogers, wild ponies graze in the high-country meadows.

There are steep climbs up Iron Mountain, past small waterfalls and tunnels of rhododendron. The hike seems over too soon. Longer lasting are memories of wide-open sky, jagged rock outcrops, and a refreshing dip below the falls on Comers Creek."

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

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4/12/2018
This is an excellent section of the Appalachian Trail that I'd recommend for experienced hikers/backpacker. Parts of the trail aren't too hard but others are very rocky. One of the highlights for me was seeing wild ponies. There's plenty of other typical wildlife like deer but there's something extra cool about seeing wild ponies roaming around. There's some beautiful views of the Virginia countryside along with forest and steep inclines. It's an awesome backpacking trip but not for the newbie and wear good sturdy shoes or your ankles won't forgive you.
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5/23/2013
Wild horses (& a couple nasty ones). Beautiful hike. Camp at The Scales. Love SW Virginia. Gods country.
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10/3/2011
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.
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4/2/2010
This is a very scenic trail. I recommend it to anyone. Enjoy!
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5/23/2009
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.
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10/1/2008
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.
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8/14/2007
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.
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4/7/2007
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.
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Appalachian Trail (VA) - Damascus to Marion (Segment 1) Photos

Trail Information

Damascus
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
63.8
Distance
Point-to-Point
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
Swimming
Additional Use
Waterfalls
Features
Appalachian Trail Conference, Harpers Ferry, WV, (304) 535-6331, www.appalachiantrail.org Piedmont Appalachian Trail Hikers, www.path-at.org Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club, Abingdon, www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Geyser/2539
Local Contacts
DeLorme: Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 22
Local Maps

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Dec 2018