Garden Mountain Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Burkes Garden is an oval-shaped bowl of more than 20,000 acres that looks like a volcanic crater. It was actually carved by water eroding the underlying layer of limestone rock. The porous quality and mineral composition make this some of the most fertile land in Virginia, producing high crop yields. Spared the disturbances of modern development, it remains one of the state’s largest rural, and scenic, areas. With the circular ridgeline of Garden Mountain surrounding this indentation in the landscape, it is easy to see why some people refer to it as God’s thumbprint.
This round-trip hike along Garden Mountain provides a chance to descend to the edge of the garden for a view across its open farmlands and to hike to another view that looks southward to Walker Mountain—where the A.T. was once located. There is very little change of elevation along the route of the A.T., but be aware that the descent to the garden view is quite steep. You could shorten the hike by 0.8 mile if you decide not to go there."