Mount Rogers Loop Virginia's Subalpine High Country

Damascus, Virginia 24236

Mount Rogers Loop Virginia's Subalpine High Country

Mount Rogers Loop: Virginia's Subalpine High Country Professional Review and Guide

"This mountain drive encircles Mount Rogers (elevation 5,729 feet) and Whitetop Mountain (elevation 5,570 feet), Virginia’s highest peaks. It passes from lush, wooded mountain streams along the Virginia Creeper Trail into the subalpine high country in Jefferson National Forest. Most of this 60-mile drive is within the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, known for its hiking, camping, fishing, and scenic beauty. The drive encompasses the Mount Rogers Scenic Byway. Several side trips, such as the gravel summit road of Whitetop Mountain, take you into the heart of the high country. Most of the drive is over paved, but very curvy, two-lane roads with some steep grades. There are numerous campgrounds. The 115,000-acre Mount Rogers National Recreation Area in Jefferson National Forest surrounds some of Virginia’s finest mountain scenery, including Mount Rogers and Whitetop Mountain, the state’s two highest peaks. Most of the drive is within the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, which itself is part of the Jefferson National Forest.

Special attractions: The Virginia Creeper Trail, a loop through the subalpine high country around the two tallest mountains in Virginia, the open meadows of Grayson Highlands State Park, a drive to the top of Whitetop Mountain, outstanding views, mountain trout streams, hiking, fishing, camping, biking, and skiing."

More Mount Rogers Loop: Virginia's Subalpine High Country Professional Reviews and Guides

"A 55.5-mile paved highway through the scenic forests and countryside surrounding Mount Rogers, highest point in Virginia. The Mount Rogers Scenic Byway winds through forested areas and open countryside. Portions of U.S. Highway 58 are unsuitable for vehicles or trucks more than 35 feet long. The byway has moderately heavy traffic, with July and August the busiest months. The two-lane, paved route is lined by a diversity of established private farms and the more recently dedicated forest land set aside in 1966 for public recreational activities.

The entire Jefferson National Forest encompasses more than 702,000 acres of valleys and rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Special attractions: Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, the Appalachian Trail, Lewis Fork and Little Wilson Creek wilderness areas, historic logging towns. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Mount Rogers Loop: Virginia's Subalpine High Country Reviews

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aprox dates 4/2010 and 4/2011. Miles/days of riding! Several camping areas for horsetrailers. Some riding can be challenging other area moderate riding! Beautiful scereny! Second year we were there we saw the wild ponies! Worth the trip from PA...will do again some day. A favorite !
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Damascus
Nearby City
60
Distance
Year-round, although some roads may be closed temporarily in winter
Season
Jefferson National Forest, Mount Rogers National Recreation Area
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Oct 2018