Apple Orchard Mountain and the Guillotine

Roanoke, Virginia 24050

Apple Orchard Mountain and the Guillotine

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This unusual day hike takes you to the summit of Apple Orchard Mountain, which has a large Federal Aviation Administration antenna on the top. The antenna is the only working remnant of Bedford Air Force Base, which operated on the summit from 1954 to 1974.

As many as 120 airmen were stationed on the mountain during those 20 years. Just 0.3 mile beyond the summit of Apple Orchard Mountain, you will reach another highlight of this day hike—110 rock steps built by the Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club with help from the ATC’s volunteer trail crew. The steps take the Trail in and around several interesting rock formations, including The Guillotine, a large boulder that hangs over the Trail, trapped in a cleft of another rock."

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Trail Information

Roanoke
Nearby City
4.0
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Year-round
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Dec 2018