Pine Mountain Trail

Pound, Virginia 24279

Pine Mountain Trail

Pine Mountain Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Pine Mountain Trail traces a razor’s edge along the Virginia-Kentucky border. You’re walking a geological fault line known as an overthrust plate—a chunk of the earth’s crust that buckled, broke, and ramped up over another chunk hundreds of millions of years ago.

The resulting terrain slopes gently east to Virginia, while to the west, sheer drops of 500 feet or more fall away into Kentucky. The stunning views, combined with the rugged terrain make this one of Virginia’s most dramatic and scenic trails. The length of the trail and its remoteness make it one of the most challenging as well."

Pine Mountain Trail Trip Reports

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If this ridge walk is on your to-do list, then you might want to reconsider. Except for about 8 miles of mostly single track between Birch Knob and north to Goldfish Pond, this 27 mile hike does not offer much more than a fancy web presence and a deceivingly simple web site trail map. The trail is poorly marked, or not marked at all, strewn with litter, has long stretches without water and is utterly confusing to navigate. During my three-day backpacking trip I treaded on miles of rocky, eroded, steep forest roads and weaved my way through a warrens of intersecting, unmarked junctions. Granted there are some views to be had and great work is being done by a group of dedicated volunteers from the Pine Mountain Trail Conference, but in my opinion, this trail is not yet ready for the hype it has received. Improvements are underway. A new shelter (the only one on this section) was under construction at Birch Knob during my trip.


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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Dirt footpaths and dirt roads
Skill Level
8-10 hours
Year round
Hunting, Camping
Additional Use
Pine Mountain Trail Conference, Clinch Ranger District, Norton, (276) 679-8370,
Local Contacts
DeLorme: Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 37, B5
Local Maps

Trail Log