Spy Rock Professional Review and Guide
"An unassuming walk along a fire road leads you to one of the better views in the area. Time this hike for spring, when the rhododendron are blooming.
This long, steady climb along a fire road eventually brings you to the Appalachian Trail (AT) and then to Spy Rock itself. The bonus after enjoying the great views: the way back is all downhill.
From the parking lot, cross over the dirt road and aim for a yellow gate that marks entry to a fire road. (When we hiked this route, the path was helpfully labeled with a green street sign for Spy Rock Road.) Start heading up the fire road, which is blazed sporadically with blue blazes. The road starts out rather open but eventually gets more tree cover, lending some welcome shade. Overall, the road is easy to follow, with the exception of one tricky left-hand turn near a rather oddly shaped tree. To make sure you take it, just stay to the left and keep an eye out for blue blazes."